Life in the village was largely self-sustaining; this is why it is scattered with buildings which demonstrate the daily activities of the population: The subsistence economy was built around the cultivation of chestnuts, orchards and family vegetable gardens.
Chestnut drying huts (grataghji)
some of which are still in working order, are two story buildings: On the ground floor a log fire on the ground gives off the heat necessary to dry the fresh chestnuts lain on wooden racks on the first floor.
Chestnut silos (I chjostri)
These dry stone circular enclosures located in the chestnut groves were used for stocking chestnuts during the harvest period before transporting them to the drying kilns.
Mills (I Mulini)
Situated along the riverbanks, these mills are the remains of chestnut flour production. These dry-stone, water-powered constructions held granite grindstones. You can find some of these water mills near the natural pools of Aïtone.
Vous pouvez découvrir ces moulins à proximité des piscines naturelles d’Aïtone.
The ovens (I forni)
At the heart of each neighbourhood there were communal or private ovens. They were used to make bread and cakes but also to dry chestnuts after their meticulous shelling. Many ovens and drying kilns can be seen as you walk around the village.
The charcoal burner’s clearings
These are round structures in which wood was methodically stacked before being covered by earth and stones and carbonized to produce charcoal. In Evisa, they are mostly located near to the beech groves.
(sticky substance) are where the combustion of Corsican Pine tree wood (mainly their stumps) was used to extract pitch. This was used to waterproof ships, for lighting (lamps) or for distilling to make turpentine spirits. In order to cool these ovens, they were placed near to waterways or, failing that, ponds made for this purpose as can be seen at Aïtone, near the track which leads to Bocca a u Saltu.