"Each part of the world recapitulates, shares in and experiences the history of the world as a whole"
Fernand Braudel

Oasis Museum, Todra Valley, Morocco

In the pre-Sahara area of South Morocco, agriculture and sedentary life are limited to the middle of the valleys, where water from the Great Atlas Mountains or from the Jebel Saghro makes irrigation possible. These fertile valleys are real oasis surrounded by arid land. Water is sourced from a river or from subterranean springs by wells or from a Khettara.

This small museum located in El Khorbat in the Todra Valley of Morocco provides an insight into twenty two different aspects of what life was like in an Oasis before the advent of transport and communication systems.

The significance of the collection associated with irrigation and agriculture that this museum houses is two-fold. First and foremost, it offers an expression of life in arid regions of the Mediterranean and how it is inextricably linked to water as a life support system. Second, it picks up and complements some of the cultural dialogues supported by the Spanish museums in that it is an expression of the revered role that water has in Islamic societies.

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