1. bookTom 16 (2022): Zeszyt 1 (June 2022)
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Colonial Impacts on Water Supplies: An Historical Review of Sluice Technologies in Ancient Sri Lankan Irrigation

Data publikacji: 24 Jun 2022
Tom & Zeszyt: Tom 16 (2022) - Zeszyt 1 (June 2022)
Zakres stron: 99 - 120
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License
Format
Czasopismo
eISSN
1646-7752
Pierwsze wydanie
16 Jun 2016
Częstotliwość wydawania
2 razy w roku
Języki
Angielski
Abstract

As a measure of reducing the foreign trade deficit and to augment the usable land for commercial plantations, nineteenth century British authorities attempted to restore the irrigation system that prevailed in Sri Lanka since the Early Historic Period. In so doing, neither the system components were subjected to any hydraulic engineering analysis nor the entire systems were studied in a holistic context. The open well structure, called bisokotuva, of the ancient sluices was interpreted as the equivalent of the modern valve pits. With this understanding, ancient sluices were restored by installing the flow control gates inside the bisokotuvas. This article argues that such understanding was not based on the actual physical remains of the ancient works but was due to the colonial precept of controlled flows of irrigated water. It also discusses similar cases in several other Asian countries and how such assertions affected the European understanding on the Asian societies.

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