The Més que Pedra association (www.mesquepedra.org) of Santa Maria del Camí promotes the values of dry stone from a multidisciplinary perspective, combining the knowledge of mestres margers(master worker) with architecture, archeology, education, geology and audiovisual communication.
Dry Stone walls go right back to prehistoric times, we can see examples such as the “navetas” or the “talayots” (local prehistoric structures), and extends further than the Mediterranean, as far as Japan or Cuzco. In the Balearic Islands, it has formed a unique scenery, due to the abundance and quality of structures built using this system.
The stones are placed according to their shape and size. Gravity keeps them together, no mortar is used, which means water can pass through any gaps, minimalizing the risk of collapse and making it unnecessary to transport material from faraway places to the construction site.
Més que Pedra organizes workshops to initiate one in the dry stone wall trade, as well as other activities related to the dissemination of the heritage created using this building technique. The workshops are mainly practical. In the first classroom session the building technique is explained, along with historical and archeological information. Afterwards, a real restoration project is carried out, from beginning to end, following the instructions of the mestre marger (master worker).