Anita Trojanović on the Heritage of Drystone Walls of Konavle

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A drystone wall is the base element of the Mediterranean agricultural landscapes. It is an unavoidable construction element used when cultivating a certain plot of land according to the criteria of the crop being cultivated. Its characteristic is the construction technique without using any binding materials. We differentiate numerous drystone walls forms that appear along our coast and on the islands.  

The lecture “From the stone in the field to the stone on the plate” by the landscape architect Anita Trojanović is going to offer a historical overview of the drystone wall construction, type of the drystone walls forms and the reason and purpose of the dry construction. Supported by the student research of the drystone walls heritage of Konavale, the lecture will also cover the development of agriculture in Konavle, the way the land was cultivated and divided through history, the crops that used to be cultivated and that are still today present in the fields. What every village in Konavle has and what makes it recognizable is the everyday landscape created by the inhabitant through the agricultural activities, and the drystone wall forms stand out as the main pattern.

During the lecture the visitors will have the opportunity to taste the traditional stone soup that will be prepared by the Dubrovnik chef Damir Šarić.

Anita Trojanović graduated in 2011 at the School of Arts Luka Sorkočević, course painter-designer. After finishing high school she enrolled at the study programme of Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb. She acquired the title of Bachelor of Arts with her work on the topic of “Interpretation of the Cultural Landscape of Konavle”. She has continued with her education at the same faculty where she is currently working on her thesis, and she is actively involved in hiking and speleology .