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Notes on the Geography of Oman: Hamra: Photo 19

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A mechanical intruder.  Note the irrigation ditch.  It was common for large aflaj to bifurcate, with one channel serving the needs of the palms and another those of people.  Water rights for agriculture were carefully guarded, but domestic water was delivered without charge and was neatly arranged so water was taken first for drinking, then for bathing and washing, and finally for ritually bathing the dead.

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