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Cortijo Las Monjas

Crta. Riogordo-Alfarnatejo

Km.7.1-MA-4.102

Periana-Málaga

España

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Threshing Floor Panoramic_Cortijo Las Monjas

La Era (Threshing-floor): this occupied a very important place in farm work; it was a piece of land, usually paved, on which the grain was threshed with harrows, having been collected from the fields and brought in by mules, horses or donkeys.

Threshing floors are normally situated near cortijos or near the areas where the grain is harvested, thus easing its transportation to storage facilities.  Cortijo Las Monjas has many ‘threshing-floors’ of which two are close to the apartments; one of these is at the front of the property and was found in perfect condition.

Usually they were big enough for a mule or horse to be able to pull the harrow without the need for extra effort or hours and hours of intense work.  Arranging the grain in circular form and being able to thresh it in the same way separated the grain and ears.  People tried to put these ‘threshing-floors’ in places where there were gentle breezes so that after threshing with the roller, the straw could be winnowed to separate the grain, storing it in the ‘Atroes’ and the straw in the ‘pajares’.

Throughout the twentieth century we have seen the emergence of mechanical winnowing machines, causing the disappearance of traditional threshing methods and the move to combine harvesters.  These collect the grain from the field, instantaneously separating the grain from the chaff, the grain being put into lorries which take it to warehouses for storage, the straw being taken elsewhere.

Cortijo Las Monjas has preserved the history and culture of this threshing-floor, such that, converting it to a vantage point, it is one of the most attractive features of the accommodation.
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Threshing_Cortijo Las Monjas, annual threshing
Threshing_Cortijo Las Monjas, annual threshing
Threshing_Cortijo Las Monjas, annual threshing
Threshing_Cortijo Las Monjas, annual threshing
Threshing_Cortijo Las Monjas, annual threshing
Threshing_Cortijo Las Monjas, annual threshing

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