Transport: cart (Spain)
Carts were the most important traction and transport tool for farming economies. Depending on the load they carried, different side pieces were used to keep the load in better. The base of the cart is made of alder planks (Alnus glutinosas), about 3 cm thick, because it is a soft wood which wears but does not split. Locally, the alder is known as humero.
Transport: the end of an era (Spain)
During the latter decades of the 20th century its use gradually faded in Spain as people abandoned villages and mechanisation took over. Many carts were burnt, some went to museums, and very few were put to other use.
2011. Recycling carts. Pobladura de la Sierra, León (Spain) © AEEH