LINEAR INFRASTRUCTURES THAT CHARACTERIZE A PAST LAND MANAGEMENT: THE MONTAGNOLA SENESE DRY STONE WALLS. A METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH OF ANALYSIS

  • Emanuele Vazzano | paolo.pellegrini@unifi.it Department of Agricultural and Forest Economics, Engineering, Sciences and Technologies (DEISTAF), University of Firenze, Italy.
  • Amato Bonavita Department of Agricultural and Forest Economics, Engineering, Sciences and Technologies (DEISTAF), University of Firenze, Italy.
  • Paolo Pellegrini Department of Agricultural and Forest Economics, Engineering, Sciences and Technologies (DEISTAF), University of Firenze, Italy.

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to highlight the development of a methodology for studying linear infrastructures such as dry stone walls, characteristic of an earlier land management in the Siena countryside. The study area on which this methodology was tested is located in the Site of Community Importance (SCI) “Montagnola Senese”. It was chosen as an example of a historical form of agricultural and forest land management, partly related to the key presence of the above mentioned artifacts. This methodology was based on the analysis of a historical cadastre and the concurrent construction and updating of a L.I.S. (Land Information System) processed in a GIS environment. In order to compare 1825 data about land use, land ownership and parcel boundaries of the current walls were surveyed during fieldwork through GPS handheld equipment. The results show quite a good correspondence between wall lines and cadastral parcel boundary lines, mostly in the woodland. The analysis of the study area brings out that the walls were designed to carry out different functions such as property boundary, to enclose fields and defend them from the entrance of livestock grazing in the woodland, and subdivide a same land property in different management portions both as cultivated fields and as woodland.

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Published
2012-06-30
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Keywords:
Linear dry stone infrastructures, Dry stone walls, GIS, Historical cadastre, Montagnola Senese.
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Vazzano, E., Bonavita, A., & Pellegrini, P. (2012). LINEAR INFRASTRUCTURES THAT CHARACTERIZE A PAST LAND MANAGEMENT: THE MONTAGNOLA SENESE DRY STONE WALLS. A METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH OF ANALYSIS. Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 42(1), 19-28. https://doi.org/10.4081/jae.2011.1.19