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1st International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - June 1982

Section 1: History Of Cisterns

Page 37

Carthaginian-Roman Cisterns in Sardinia

Francesca M. Crasta, Costantino A. Fasso, Francesco Patta and Giorgio Putzu
University of Cagliari, Italy


The island of Sardinia remained a Phoenician-Carthaginian colony for about a millenium. The Phoenicians first began to settle on the island during the 9th to 7th century B.C., founding several ports of call to carry out trade by sea. Of these ports, Cagliari, Nora, Bithia and Tharros are evidence of the role that the island's southern coast played in supporting the commercial routes of the Mediterranean.

The types of rain water cisterns most commonly used in the period considered here are the "bath-tub" and "flask" cisterns. Some examples of large cisterns, which will be referred to as "cave" cisterns, have also been discovered in Cagliari.

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