by JimP (see part one)
It is easy to dismiss such heavily-used parks like Menotomy Rocks Park -- they're simply too disturbed to find any conclusive evidence. A swamp that was once here, for example, was dug out and turned into a farmer's irrigation pond in the 19th century. That pond is used today for ice skating.
But I still wanted to see what kind of ancient evidence might be left. We know that Indian artifacts were indeed found in this park many decades ago. But might there still be something here? The very top of the most prominent rocky hilltop in the park is littered with small loose stones. After talking with a geologist familiar with the park, he could offer no solid explanation for how all this loose rock got up here.There are also many hints that piles or structures were once here, like the following two piles.And then there was a curious row of boulders that climbed up and down this prominent hilltop:I was left with the impression that what I was looking at were the remains of an ancient stonework complex on a comparatively large scale. It appears the structures that once stood here may have been toppled during the Puritan era, and then over the following generations the stones were picked through for use in surrounding foundations, cellars, outbuildings, and stone walls as Arlington moved into widescale subsistence farming.
Do I know all of this for certain? Definitely not. It is merely conjecture on my part. But when you combine the Native history with the colonial history, and put together a picture of what this place might have been used for in ancient times, I think there is little doubt this was a very sacred spiritual site. And the possibility that stonework structures once existed here is not too far-fetched. In fact, I think it is the only explanation that makes complete sense -- Devil's Den, talus cave, loose stone, evidence of piles and structures, rows of boulders -- sure looks like it to me.