Dry Stone Construction

Buildings constructed of stone held together without mortar or similar. The stones may be "worked" or "rough". "Walls" not currently or originally part of a building are excluded.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
Battir Dry-stone terrace walls (AB ev)
Biblical Tells
Causses and Cévennes farmhouses
Chief Roi Mata's Domain
Great Zimbabwe "dry stone masonry walls provide insulation for each ensemble" (OUV)
Hawraman/Uramanat gardening on dry-stone terraces (AB ev)
Himā Cultural area The intensive traffic of caravans over millennia has resulted in great concentrations of archaeological surface evidence, particularly stone cairns, dry-laid stone tombs and extensive stone arrangements. (nom file p.15)
Khami Ruins "a complex series of platforms of dry-stone walled structures" (OUV)
Konso dry stone walls (AB ev)
Kujataa A number of Norse dry stone ruin structures are present (AB ev)
Lake District Features such as dry stone walls, for example, are there as a result of sheep farming. (wiki)
Machu Picchu
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley Houses in the valley are made out of dry, local 'gathered' granite stone (AB ev)
Mycenae and Tiryns
Old City of Jerusalem Wailing Wall, Herodian Quarter
Qhapaq Ñan
Rapa Nui Rear wall of the Ahu at Vinapu
Sceilg Mhichíl "A clear evolution of dry stone masonry techniques is evident" (OUV)
Serra de Tramuntana Walls, waterworks etc (AB ev)
Southern Öland Eketorp Castle
St. Kilda From the evaluation document "The most common traditional structure on St. Kilda is the cleit, of which about 1260 have been recorded on Hirta, distributed all over the island, and more than 170 others on the outlying islands and stacs. Cleits are small drystone structures of round-ended rectilinear form, with drystone walls and a roof of slabs covered with earth and turf."
Sukur The villages in the Sukur cultural landscape ...have their own characteristic domestic architecture. Among its features are drystone walls, used as social markers and defensive enclosures, sunken animal (principally bull) pens, granaries, and threshing floors (AB ev)
Talayotic Menorca "illustrate the evolution of the island’s dry stone building practices" (AB ev)
The trulli of Alberobello
Thimlich Ohinga
Valongo Wharf "..remains of a large building constructed of ornamented masonry in eight layers. At present, these appear as drystone walls with occasional remnants of earth sediments." (AB ev)
Zagori Cultural Landscape drystone cobbled pathways and terraces (AB ev)


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