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Water and the History of Man

Water History and Culture

  1. Ann Azadpour-Keeley1,
  2. Jack W. Keeley2

Published Online: 15 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.wh20

Water Encyclopedia

Water Encyclopedia

How to Cite

Azadpour-Keeley, A. and Keeley, J. W. 2005. Water and the History of Man. Water Encyclopedia. 4:745–746.

Author Information

  1. 1

    National Risk Management Research Laboratory, ORD, U.S. EPA

  2. 2

    Dynamac Corporation, Ada, Oklahoma

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2005


In the days of Abraham, following family feuds and other conflicts, the victor often stopped wells by filling them with earth and stones. It was the equivalent of burning the village. Wells of water were so important that their owners gave them names, and communities which took root in the area assumed the names of the wells. In John 4:6, Jesus meets a woman from Samaria at Jacob's well and later reveals that He is the Messiah. The Christian Bible is replete with references to the importance of water to the fabric of life. It speaks of irrigation, of aqueducts, its creation, its purification, and even of it being turned into wine.


  • aqueduct;
  • art;
  • critical role;
  • disease;
  • early civilizations;
  • history;
  • industrial revolution;
  • music;
  • religion;
  • water