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The Ieropotamos (Greek: Γεροπόταμος or Ιερός Ποταμός) is a watercourse in southern Crete in Greece. This river was a source of water supply for the ancient Minoan settlement of Phaistos.[1] The Ieropotamos was heavily drawn upon by the Minoans because of the intensity of farming, even in the Bronze Age at Phaistos.[2] Scientists have determined that the groundwater basin may have been overdrafted some time in the Bronze Age, being a contributing factor to the mysterious depopulation of Phaistos.[3]

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  1. ^ C. Michael Hogan, Phaistos Fieldnotes, The Modern Antiquarian (2007)
  2. ^ L.W.Mays et al., A brief history of urban water supply in antiquity
  3. ^ Yuri Gorokhovich, Abandonment of Minoan palaces on Crete in relation to the earthquake induced changes in groundwater supply, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 32, Issue 2, February 2005, Pages 217-222

Coordinates: 35°03′30″N 24°45′08″E / 35.05833°N 24.75222°E / 35.05833; 24.75222