Assistant Professor Dr. Jaafar Hamza Al-Jawthari published a scientific research entitled
(Using a carbon-14 isotope and archaeological evidence to determine the ages of the ancient irrigation channels of the archaeological site of Karsu – southern Iraq) in the magazine (Radiocarbon) published by the British University of Cambridge, which is an indexed magazine within the Scopus container (sitescore 11.2) of the first quarter Q1 and within the Clarvet container (impact factor 6.3).
The research aims to study the ancient rivers that were widespread in Mesopotamia since ancient times, as well as to determine the ages of the irrigation canals and the old agricultural fields that were built by the inhabitants of southern Iraq in the past.
The research dealt with the use of remote sensing data (high-resolution satellite images, drone images and topographical data), and then conducted field work and laboratory tests to determine the ages of these channels.
The research discovered seven ancient irrigation channels, which are part of a regular and developed irrigation network located within the perimeter of the archaeological site. The periods of use of these channels ranged with the periods of settlement at the site between (4900-1600) BC.