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Endangered Mediterranean Mountain Heritage—Case Study of katuns at the Kuči Mountain in Montenegro

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Historical Institute, University of Montenegro, 81000 Pogorica, Montenegro
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NGO “Expeditio”, 85330 Kotor, Montenegro
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Land 2020, 9(8), 248; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9080248
Received: 27 June 2020 / Revised: 16 July 2020 / Accepted: 21 July 2020 / Published: 28 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mountains under Pressure)
The study gives an insight into the domain of seasonal mountain settlements for summer cattle grazing (katuns), characteristic for the mountainous areas in the Mediterranean basin. The area of the Kuči Mountain in Montenegro was chosen for the case study. The area contains numerous characteristics exemplary for the topic—193 katuns with more than 2900 belonging housing and subsidiary objects. The presented results originate from the 3-year-long investigations, where the data obtained from archival documents were combined with those acquired through intensive field work and visits to each and every katun determined and documented within the area. The density of these settlements, as well as their architectural and constructional characteristics, show the high level of importance they had for the local population up until the last third of 20th century. Currently, changed sociodemographic trends rendered their intensive traditional use obsolete, but used building techniques, their internal organization and organic connection to the surrounding mountain landscape, have nominated them for important part of region’s historical heritage. View Full-Text
Keywords: Mediterranean; Montenegro; mountain; katun; traditional architecture; vernacular heritage; transhumance; extensive cattle rearing Mediterranean; Montenegro; mountain; katun; traditional architecture; vernacular heritage; transhumance; extensive cattle rearing
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Laković, I.; Kapetanović, A.; Pelcer-Vujačić, O.; Koprivica, T. Endangered Mediterranean Mountain Heritage—Case Study of katuns at the Kuči Mountain in Montenegro. Land 2020, 9, 248. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9080248

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Laković I, Kapetanović A, Pelcer-Vujačić O, Koprivica T. Endangered Mediterranean Mountain Heritage—Case Study of katuns at the Kuči Mountain in Montenegro. Land. 2020; 9(8):248. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9080248

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Laković, Ivan, Aleksandra Kapetanović, Olga Pelcer-Vujačić, and Tatjana Koprivica. 2020. "Endangered Mediterranean Mountain Heritage—Case Study of katuns at the Kuči Mountain in Montenegro" Land 9, no. 8: 248. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9080248

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