Dry stone walls: local identity

(2021 & 2022) 2000€ awarded

Drystone walls form the landscape of the Cycladic islands and besides preserving its biodiversity by retaining soil and water, being a safe barrier for diseases and a safe space for reptiles, they create space for cultivations and are an important element of the Cycladic
cultural heritage.
The craftsmen of different areas, have created distinct and unique ways of ‘tying’ the locals rocks into sturdy dry stone wall structures. As contemporary universal building materials and techniques become dominant, traditional techniques that have been protecting the
Cycladic soil and landscape for centuries, are threatened. We are, thus, among the proud supporters of the 1 st Dry Stone Workshop “The Amorgian Craftsmanship” of the Mitato of Amorgos. This 5-day hands-on workshop is addressed to professionals, such as builders, and will take place on the island of Amorgos to promote dry stone masonry, pass the knowledge from experienced craftsmen to younger professionals, and present the craft to a wider audience.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=351094413527953

The Mitato of Amorgos is continuing their efforts also in 2022, organizing and hosting their 2 nd Dry Stone Workshop, after receiving a lot of positive feedback by 1 st year participants, wishing to further promote local craftsmanship.

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