National Geographic's Collectors Corner

Collaborative site for collectors, dealers, & anyone interested in our history.

Wanted Info - On Ancient Irrigation/Canals Mid/South Americas


I believe (not 100% sure) that there was an article in NGM re irrigation etc.  Probably in the last 10-20 years.

The article was from a US archeology group, this was their second visit to same site, and described about finds in a valley and the possibilities of sourcing water from adjacent valleys.  There were maps outlining the discoveries etc.

Can anyone help me locate this article ?  Sorry about the lack of info, what country etc. as I do not remember.  Read it at the Doctors surgery some years ago and would like to find again.

Have done a lot of searching but no luck.


Charles Harris

Views: 113

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion


Checking the murky depths of metadata:

The September 2002 NGM included a series of articles and a supplement map on water worldwide including at least one on irrigation.

There is a special Water Edition with map in November 1993 including irrigation articles but it only covers North America.

Interestingly, there is an article on this subject from over 100 years ago: May 1916.  I wrote a review on it.:

Hope this was helpful.

Tom Wilson


I researched Irrigation canals and found an article in the June 1990 Nat Geo issue.


Hi Tom & Philip

Thanks for your replies.  I will follow up and get copies of the mags etc.  Much appreciated.

I think I was born a few thousand years too late.   A most intriguing period of civilisation and I believe we do not understand fully how advanced they were.  No laptops then.


New Zealand



Legal notice about this site

Note: Any sales or trade arrangements are solely between users of this site; The National Geographic Society is not a party to and does not endorse or promote any particular sales or trade arrangements between collectors, dealers, or others. Due to the immediate nature of this medium, National Geographic Online also does not review, censor, approve, edit or endorse information placed on this forum. Discussion boards on National Geographic Online are intended to be appropriate for family members of all ages. Posting of indecent material is strictly prohibited. The placement of advertisements or solicitations unrelated to National Geographic also is prohibited. National Geographic Online shall review information placed on this forum from time to time and delete inappropriate material that comes to its attention as soon as it is practicable, but cannot guarantee that such material will not be found on the forum. By posting material on this discussion board you agree to adhere to this policy prohibiting indecent, offensive or extraneous advertising material, and to legally assume full and sole responsibility for your posting.

© 2019   Created by Cathy Hunter.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service