Water Structures in Anatolia in the Historical Process: Dara

Abstract Water has been a vital necessity for mankind to survive and exist in agriculture, animal husbandry and weaving. Thanks to the abundance and defence provided by the settlements, cities are generally established near water resources and water structures such as aqueducts, fountains, cisterns, fountains, selsebil, maksem, baths, spas, dam and dam for the purpose of transporting water to settlements. it is made. Mardin is 30 km. southeast of the city, with its original name; Dara settlement has been preferred as a settlement area from ancient times to the present day due to its geographical structure, topography and climate and has been used by many civilizations for various purposes uninterruptedly throughout the historical process. The aim of this study is to evaluate the water structures in Dara, which is located in the city of Dara, which is connected to the centre of Mardin after the proclamation of the Republic and which is now known as Oğuz District, within the scope of concrete cultural heritage, and to develop proposals for the protection of settlement and water structures with a holistic understanding of protection. In this study, water structures constructed by the dominant civilizations in Anatolia were classified, the importance and spatial structure of the Dara settlement were investigated and suggestions were made for the discovery, protection and transfer of the concrete cultural heritage in Dara to the next generations.


Keywords: Dara, intangible cultural heritage, water constructions

Author : Çiğdem Belgin DİKMEN - Ferruh TORUK
Number of pages: 386-416
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.29228/rssstudies.39274
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