Oldest well in Syria

Researchers have found the remains of a 9,000-yr-old well in Syria.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2009, 00:00 AM IST

Tokyo, March 15: In what appears to be a unique archaeological discovery, researchers have found the remains of a 9,000-year-old well believed to have been used to purify water at a settlement site in northeastern Syria.
It may be the oldest well in the world for that purpose,
according to Yoshihiro Nishiaki, a professor at the
University of Tokyo`s Museum.

"The well shows how people`s thoughts on sanitation have
developed," he said today.

Up to now, an 8,000-year-old well in Israel was believed
the world`s oldest water-purification system, according to the

The well in Syria, which was found last August, is around
2.5 meters in diameter and some 4 meters deep.

"The residents must have wanted to gain clean water on
fears over epidemics and other troubles in accordance with
increase in population there," Nishiaki said.

As a tributary of the Euphrates River runs some 100
meters away from the well, it is believed that the residents
of the settlement aimed to not only get water but purify it,
according to the group and archaeological experts.

Bureau Report