Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Mysterious Stone Structures of the Eastern Forest

"Thousands of mysterious stone cairns are scattered throughout the Eastern United States. The stone monuments have been documented since the 1600s both by Native Americans and European settlers, but no one has any idea who built them." Words, music, and photography by Sequoyah Kennedy


Crude stone tools?

From reader Kevin, in Walpole MA. Please give opinions in the comments:

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Washed Up Artifacts (Westbrook & Madison CT)

"Evan Honeyman of Farmington found a verified Native American arrowhead or spear point on Quotonset Beach in Westbrook recently...experts placed the artifact at between 2,000 and 3,000 years old, and possibly composed of basalt, rhyolite or mudstone..."


Also: Madison man finds ancient 'mysterious' stone at Hammonasset:

(State Archaeologist Sarah) Sportman  confirmed, via email, that this was indeed “a very cool find.”
“Several ground stone or pecked stone spheres have been found in Connecticut, but they are a mysterious artifact type that is found all over the world and from different time periods,” she wrote..."  

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Encountering familiar local Middlesex County names West of Chicago

Following the idea that rivers west of Chicago flowing into the Mississippi were busy travel corridors, I was looking for the obvious places to hike and explore for rock piles. Interestingly I immediately came across some old friends:

Both places look worth visiting. Sure looks like our guys went out there too, so I would expect rock piles there.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Mother Earth

(Peterborough Ontario)

Norman Muller writes:
Being confined mostly inside for the past two months has given my mind freedom to roam, and recently I have been looking at photos I have taken plus those I have not, and have noticed a similarity among them: mainly that splits, cracks, and V- or U-shaped formations have female connotations, since the Earth, after all, gives birth to all kinds of life forms.  

In the Anza Borrego Desert in California, one of the Indian tribes took a formation with a deep crack and carved the stone around it to resemble a female vagina (1st image).  The same occurred at the Empie site in Arizona, where cracks were fashioned to resemble female labia (2nd image).  At a site in Rochester, Vermont, we have a split boulder with a phallus-shaped rock inserted in the crack (3rd image).  Further north, in Peterborough, Ontario, we have the area around a crack in the limestone bedrock pecked to resemble a woman menstruating (4th image: the color of the stone around the vagina is red).  

In the article attached below about the "Terraced Boulder Site" in Pennsylvania, I illustrate some natural "V" and "U" shaped formations in outcrops filled with stones, again emphasizing the female nature of the form.  Was filling the shape with stones to complete the female image a practice reserved for women of the Indian tribes to make them more fertile?  It is impossible to tell.  But there is little doubt in my mind that the enhancement of these shapes was not purient to the Indians who created them, but simply a ritual to enhance Mother Earth.

Anza Borrega:

Empie Petroglyph Site, AZ:
Rochester VT, Site R7-6:

OSL Dating of the Oley Hills Site - Norman Muller

In the current issue of North American Archaeologist (Vol 41(1), 33-50, 2020), is the article “Optically stimulated luminescence dating of a probable Native American cairn and wall site in Eastern Pennsylvania.”  The article was coauthored by James Feathers, director of the Luminescence Dating Laboratory at the University of Washington, and by Norman Muller, retired art conservator at the Princeton University Art Museum.  The site in question is the Oley Hills site in eastern Pennsylvania, which Muller has been studying since 1997.  In 2018, two small cobbles of gneiss were removed in complete darkness from the Terrace, the largest built feature at the site, and sent to Feathers for analysis.  In 2020 he determined that the two cobbles were placed around 2570 ± 330 B.P., which is within the Adena period.  This is the first time that direct dating of stone by OSL has been applied to any of the numerous cairn and wall sites in the northeastern U.S.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Anyone still up in the Acton area exploring new woods?

If there is, I wonder if you could take a look at the woods west of Flushing Hill in Westford.