Friday, April 18, 2014

Fragments...

My friend Garret and I went to go explore a favorite place on a nice Saturday afternoon. I found this point, it looks broken but it is actually flaked into in this shape. Probably this was a long point that broke and was hastily reworked in this asymmetric way.
Garret found this nice little triangle made from an interesting material.
That was back at the beginning of March. I couldn't have guessed, then, that it would be 6 weeks before I saw another whole arrowhead come out of the ground.

Last year I had some great finds in March and April. This year I haven't been having the luck. Plenty of finds, but virtually all broken stuff, mostly just fragments. This one was a real heartbreaker. Too fragile to have survived intact, I guess. With this deep concavity at the base I might be tempted to call this a Dalton. But I find a lot of Levanna type triangles in the same place, all made of quartz like this.
This broken triangle was easy to spot.
Broken stuff in rough shape. My friend Dave found the one on the left.
I found all these on the same sunny day, on a beautiful hill overlooking a spot where fresh water flows into a bay. Not a whole artifact in the lot!
I found this one afternoon after work, nestled in the grass. Sorry about the blurry photo but I wanted to show it because it's unusual to spot one nearly vertical like this and totally exposed. I'm glad to be able to get out and look for stuff in the evenings now that the days are long enough again.
 Really nicely flaked, but missing the tip.
A turkey vulture, at dusk.
Dave and I spent a whole day searching in different places and this was the only find. It was totally exposed and I almost didn't pick it up, I thought it was just a triangular rock. Broken, the base is gone. The material is rhyolite. Whatever this blade was a part of, it must have been really big.
Wednesday night I had some time to go and look. It rained so much and so hard on Monday and Tuesday, I knew conditions would be good. The ground was really muddy, I could only search a small area. But it was worth it. I love the way this looked on the ground, gleaming.
The very tip is gone, the edges show wear, but I consider this a "whole" arrowhead. My first in a very long time. I'm happy with it.
In another place. that same night, another obvious quartz triangle.
Broken again. The other broken fragment was only about 3 feet away.
I've got an exciting lead for a new place I hope to check out this weekend. It's far away and maybe I can find some things that are not quartz triangles. Spring is here and I'm hoping for good things.

Bladen's Brook, Woodbridge CT - (a little preview)

Peter was talking about it here: “Game on!” {http://rockpiles.blogspot.com/2014/02/woodbrige-ctgame-on.html} and circumstance brought me by the preserve on Thursday (4/17/14), with some time to stop and look around. And I'll cut to the Rock Pile Chase here - I spotted only one rather large Rock Pile and just one other smaller one which was a little bit of a surprise, knowing that on the next hill south, Peck Hill, you can’t swing a cat without hitting a Stone Pile - and it does not have to be a cat with a particularly long tail.
Large Rock Pile (Stone Mound), possibly on Bedrock above, the smaller below. 
And this seemed rather modern looking:

        It was the remnants of the mostly linear rows of artistically stacked stones, cobbles and boulders, most likely Indigenous in origin, that turned out to be the most interesting features. In fact, they are featured on the PDF Trail Map here:
This blue outline is about the extent of where I walked and took photos:
At Sanford Roadside:
Closer:
"Way UP on the top:"
Closer:
Over an outcrop...
...then a 90 degree turn up and into an outcrop...
...and one of those situations where natural and human enhanced combine.
Another interesting sight (or site):







Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mysteries in the scattered rocks

Balancing Rock - Mendon

Keith writes:
Balancing rock in Mendon. The top rock is the size of a minivan. Amazing site to see!

Did the Cherokee build mounds?

I found this interesting. According to the author (Richard Thornton of the "People of One Fire") the Cherokee were not mound builders - contrary to some authorities.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Powwow at UMass this Saturday

Eastern PA Rock Pile and Wall

A reader writes:
...Here is a few attached photos of just a small bit of what I found on my farm..i was wondering if you could help me out about these features...thank you..oh by the way these were on a farm in eastern Pennsylvania, approx. 6 miles from the hills of oley ,pa... 


Another stone tool from the Dassaulte Planters

Another old tool, to me this is a gorgeous stone:


Going on Vacation

Several sites to report but no energy for it. Maybe in the next week.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Above Minot Pratt's Spring

Walking east on the slope above Minot Pratt's Spring, and came to a small gully with a feeder brook coming in from left to right, and looked there for rock piles. There at the brow of the hill. And there were two small mounds. Here is one:
Note the pair of rocks in the foreground.

It is always nice and a bit embarrassing to find new piles in my own town. But this area is more complicated than meets the eye, over here between Punkatasett and the end of the paved part of Estabrook Rd. Here is a second mound, also in relation to a white rock:
Not much to see under the ferns. But it is a good sized pile.

And I saw nothing else right there. But walking around there was a house foundation someone marked with a modern rock pile next to the trail and, in a flat area uphill from the water, something I have seen before and made good note of this time:
Second rock to the right of the tree:
This is obviously a structure since it is an area with no rocks otherwise.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Near the headwaters of Fall Brook, Leominster/Shirley

Just uphill from Wachusett Str, a fine rockpile seen at a distance, then closer up:


This pile is isolated but a hundred yards downhill and across Wachusett Street there are several more like it.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Nolumbeka Project News

Greenfield Ordinance Committee Meets Tomorrow, 6:30 p.m.

Tomorrow, Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m., the Greenfield Ordinance Committee will meet at 114 Main St. in the Planning Department office. They will be voting on a number of new ordinances that have come before their review. However, e have no guarantee that they will be voting once more on Howard Clark's Burial Ordinance proposal which was introduced almost a year ago. They already voted it once and passed it, but somehow it got lost or taken off the vote. It has to be voted on to move on to the Town Council vote. This is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Right Bill that which should have given equal rights to all ethnic groups, including the basic right of sanctity of human burials. There is no accounting for the attitudes of racism that still exist in so many subtle ways in society today. The Nolumbeka Project wants to challenge the Ordinance Committee to move on a vote.If you can come and support us that would be very powerful.

David Tall Pine White to speak on April 26, 1-3 p.m., Cummington Community House

Our friend Jennifer Lee asked us to share information about this
upcoming event. Hope to see you there!

Learn about the cultural survival of today's Nipmuck Nation --History from a Native Perspective. A sharing and Q & A with David TallPine White of the Nipmuck Tribe, is Vice Chairman and Spokesperson of Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck Tribal Council, Nipmuck Language Instructor,
Cultural educator, and community event organizer. He lives in Brimfield, MA and also works as a Massachusetts licensed electrician.
Cummington Community House, Saturday, April 26, 1:00-3:00 PM. Jennifer said there are no house numbers Just look for the big brick building on Main Street.

Anonymous from Worcester NY

     I received an email from yet another person named Anonymous (before I started blogging I had no idea just how many people were named "Anonymous") who sent me, so far, a single photo so far of a stone cairn. More photos may be on the way.
(A crop of the same photo above)
      Anonymous writes that "We have several cairns and rock piles as well as specific piles with cap stone(s). Each cairn has a white stone in them. (Key) stone is what it is referred to by the indigenous people."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Retired URI professor charged with faking degree

This is too bad for all involved. It completely muddies the waters of the North Smithfield - Nipsachuk story.