Earthworks

Generally refers to the results of grading, trenching, or embanking earth, for utilitarian purposes; when earth construction has more of an artistic, rather than functional, purpose, use "earthworks (sculpture).".

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3409
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earthworks
earthwork
earth works
works, earth
aardwerk Dutch
aardwerken Dutch
terrassements French
terrassement French
movimiento de tierras Spanish
movimientos de tierras Spanish

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Formations made of earth, resulting from the grading, trenching, or embanking of earth for utilitarian or cermonial purposes. Examples include Medieval fortifications and ancient ceremonial sites in Britain and Europe. For earth constructions having more of an artistic, rather than functional, purpose, use "earthworks (sculpture)."

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300008020. The J. Paul Getty Trust.