Dry stone observatory

The terraces, huts, farmwalls and rocky ground speak to us of a prosperous past, a land that was worked and widely cultivated with vineyards and olive groves. The stones taken from these fields meant there was sufficient raw material for the construction of these buildings which, after the arrival of the phylloxera, fell mostly into disuse.

The building technique used is known as dry stone and consists of placing the stones in rows without any material to bind them. The stones used are sourced from the same place and are not usually worked. In this area, the soil is stony and the cultivation of new areas for crops provided stones in abundance for the peasants.

The huts were built on farmsteads that were far from the village in order to store tools or for shelter in case of bad weather. What we have before us is a conical type hut with a retaining ring that reinforces it. It retains the false vault, crowned with a mobile slab so that, when there was a fire burning inside, the smoke could escape.