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Construction for Landscape Architecture by Jamie Liversedge, Robert Holden

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Drystone walls

These are typical of upland, stone country and were often made using the materials of field clearance—though occasionally quarried stone was used. They are usually very attractive and reflect the geology of the area. They can be very old: some examples on St Kilda in Scotland date back three millennia. Drystone is thus an ancient technology which is still in current use. Drystone walls are found worldwide wherever there are traditions of ancient settlement and farming, such as in the pre-Columbian cultures of South America, in Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean region. They are also found in areas, such as North America and Australia, settled by Europeans. In Europe, they are found in the Alps and in northwestern regions, as well ...

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