Sheep Huts

Marylou Badeaux

Ferny Hills, Australia

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In certain areas of Provence you will find dry-stone “cabanes”, or huts, According to the date-stones encountered on these buildings, the oldest surviving examples were built under the reign of Louis XIV, while the most recent ones were constructed during the Third Republic, by self-building peasants or dry-stone masons

The construction of dry stone huts was at its high point in the 19th century. Shepherds would build them to keep their stores, tools and even a sick sheep, the huts would keep them dry and warm in the winter and keep them cool and give them protection from the powerful sun in the Summer. They were big enough to shelter the flock, alongside was a smaller one for the shepherd, which had a fire place to cook and keep warm. A wall was constructed with one or two entrances to keep the flock in at night and the predators out.

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