[Tagging] "Feature Proposal - RFC - Qanat"

Walker Bradley walker.t.bradley at gmail.com
Fri Jun 26 14:55:41 UTC 2020

So it would seem that historic=* or heritage=* would be appropriate sub-tags for qanats when applicable on top of waterway=canal, canal=qanat, tunnel=yes.

I guess we would need to discuss after the approval of Qanat for what criterion/ia would determine historic=yes for qanat.

> On Jun 26, 2020, at 10:42, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, 26 Jun 2020 at 14:47, Walker Bradley <walker.t.bradley at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Some Qanats are over three thousand years old, and are certainly listed in guidebooks.
> Those may merit a historic=yes.  Depends on the guidebook, to some extent.
>>  There is a Qanat system in Persia that is UNESCO listed (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1506/)
> That certainly merits heritage tagging because it is listed by a heritage organization. 
>> “Modern” Qanats/Karez are still often hand dug, not with modern tunneling equipment. The World Bank funded the refurbishment of many in Afghanistan, usually these were done with traditional methods, and they are the main source of water in many areas.
> Modern ones are definitely not historic=yes.  Not all of the old ones are
> historic=yes but are just everyday water supply of no special interest
> except to the thirsty.
> -- 
> Paul
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