Monday, February 08, 2016

Saturday, February 06, 2016

"As close to the sky as possible, where the slope levels out but the water still flows" - George Hill Upton

That seems to sum up where I expect to find rock piles: at the tops of brooks feeding into navigable waterways. The rule doesn't always work but I have been letting it guide my explorations for the past several months and it has had as many successes as failures - in this Middlesex ex-urban landscape. For example here, here, and here.
I followed this strategy at George's Hill in Upton, going uphill following brooks.
When I got to 'A', I thought: ok this is about where I should find rock piles. I immediately did find rock piles - confirming the search strategy.

It is particularly interesting that in Upton, at 'A', the piles were small (less than 10 ft across) and very old looking - where I am used to seeing larger rectangular mounds with hollows at these brook high-points. This means the placement at the top of a brook persisted through cultural changes in the style of burial mounds.
I saw other piles between 'A' and 'B', of little note. At 'B' I again thought: there could be rock piles here. But I couldn't see any. My feet found one, then I saw a couple others. These were nondescript and might have been evenly spaced in a row.
Here are some pictures of the piles at 'A'. Only about half the actual piles looked slightly rectangular and the faint depression in the middle was only present in a few. I "cherry picked" the best examples to show:
You can see the faint rectangle, and note it is actually a pretty good sized pile:
See the grey rock near the center of the picture? Close up:
Those fluted surfaces are from percussive flaking. This is a core or tool of some kind.
The snow makes it easier to see. A few more:
These all look faintly rectangular to me. Do you see it or not?

Friday, February 05, 2016

Norman Muller writes:
A friend sent me the links below.  The third one is new (to me, anyway),  Still, Thorson continues to deny any Indian connection to the walls he studies.  I think he was brainwashed by Bellantoni.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Double chambered mound(s)- Callahan SF

I have reported this previously but took another look the other day. It was larger than I remember. A fine example:
There is another nearby that is closer to the idea of a pile with a tail:
And several other features.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nolumbeka Project - February Events

More Nolumbeka Project Announcements:
Saturday, January 30, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. “10,000 Years at the Falls”presented by the Nolumbeka Project,
Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A, Turners Falls, Ma 01376. Joe Graveline and David Brule of the Nolumbeka Project will lead a presentation and discussion of tribal presence at the falls of Peskeompskut (Turners Falls) over the past ten thousand years.  Included will be a recounting of the latest research on King Philip’s War and on the May 19, 1676 massacre that ended the millennia-long era of the peace village at the falls.  Local historians and interested public are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  Light refreshments courtesy of Greenfield Savings Bank.

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 3:00 PM - Greenfield, MA (from Jonathan Mark,
Leonard Peltier - 40 years Incarcerated - Clemency Event and Film at Green Fields Market - community room Film - Incident at Oglala is a 1992 documentary by Michael Apted, narrated by Robert Redford. The film documents the deaths of twoFederal Bureau of Investigation agents, Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the summer of 1975. Peltier was fraudulently arrested in Canada by the FBI using a false witness on February 6, 1976. Is not 40 years enough time for this Native American activist and UN-recognized Human Rights Defender to be locked up in a Federal Penetentiary?Event is to support encouraging President Obama to grant Executive Clemency to free Peltier before leaving office.More information at this meetup URL page:
Saturday, February 20, noon – 3 p.m.,  Full Snow Moon Gathering, Great Falls Discovery Center, 1 Ave. A,  Turners Falls, MA.   “Indigenous History and Heritage: A Journey” Jennifer Lee (Metis/Narragansett) will share her personal journey as a Native American descendant. Her lifelong passion is learning the true history and culture of this land and about the presence of Native People today. Free. Donations welcome.

TOBACCO TIES 101, SOMETIME BETWEEN FEBRUARY 15 - 19: The ceremonial tobacco harvest at Wissatinnewag this year was excellent and help is needed in creating the tobacco ties used for ceremony and gifts to the tribes. If you are interested in participating please e-mail at this address and we will try to come up with a date, afternoon or evening, the week of February 15 – 19.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016