Secrets in the subterranean: the new knowledge surfacing from old water ways

11 October 2021

What can the water systems of ancient cities tell us about managing the impacts of climate change in the 21st century?

Quite a lot, according to Dr Duncan Keenan-Jones, who speaks the language of engineers as well as English, French, German, Italian, Ancient Greek and Latin.

It’s an unusual combination of linguistic capability and scientific expertise, yet one that has enabled Dr Keenan-Jones to transition from a career in engineering to examining the intersection between ancient societies, the environment and innovation.

For this UQ Classics and Ancient History lecturer and Centre for Policy Futures affiliate, looking at the past for solutions to present problems involves studying old Latin and Greek texts, archaeological artefacts, and geoscientific analyses of mineral deposits.

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