Another major project was that of the restoration of the former Salina Salt Pans thought to have been built during the 16th century. Covering an expanse of nearly 100,000 square metres, the salt pans were a vibrant industry until the beginning of the 20th century when salt was still an absolute necessity for the preservation of food. The project involved the construction of temporary dams, emptying out the sea water from the salt pans, clearing away of silt which has accumulated over time, repairs, restoration and reconstruction of damaged walls and finally the rebuilding of the 3 Timber Huts.