Bea­cons and Wa­ter

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In arid deserts, wa­ter is un­doubt­edly the most valu­able re­source. To win wars against the no­mads, an­cient sol­diers had to guar­an­tee that the main wa­ter sources re­mained un­der their con­trol. Hence, most bea­con tow­ers were built near rivers, creeks and springs. Apart from mil­i­tary pur­poses, wa­ter was also vi­tal to grow­ing crops and quench­ing the thirst of mer­chants pass­ing by. Af­ter walk­ing a long dis­tance through a harsh desert, trav­el­ers must have been ex­ited to see the ban­ners flut­ter­ing on the tow­ers—for them, the tow­ers were bea­cons of hope.

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