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Furrows in Africa — canals in the Americas?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3322-7848
2014 (English)In: Azania, ISSN 0067-270X, E-ISSN 1945-5534, Vol. 49, no 4, 524-529 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This brief comment argues that the use of the term furrow system for locally developed irrigation in Eastern Africa is misleading in an international comparative perspective. It is at odds with the terminology in irrigation engineering and also with the archaeological terminology used outside Eastern Africa. Internationally, the term canal is used for the artificial watercourses that bring water from the source to the field, while furrow irrigation refers to one specific way of applying water to the individual field.

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2014. Vol. 49, no 4, 524-529 p.
Keyword [en]
irrigation, canals, furrows
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Human Geography
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110051DOI: 10.1080/0067270X.2014.968389ISI: 000346346400004OAI: diva2:768801
Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2015-01-23Bibliographically approved

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