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The Nagaur-Ahhichatragarh fortress palace in the Thar desert of Rajasthan, India was built in the 12th c. atop a 5th century AD fort. By the 18th century, it had become a luxurious compound fed by a desert rainwater harvesting system during the Mughal period. Excavations on behalf of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust in 2005 and 2006 revealed surprising details about the role of the gardens in this remarkable system, one that used subirrigation to prevent loss of moisture to evapotranspiration while sustaining an oasis of abundant gardens so abundantly represented in Mughal paintings.
Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:
Tillotson, Giles Henry Rupert. Nagaur: A Garden Palace in Rajasthan. Mehrangarh Museum Trust, 2010
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