These walls have been a mystery since their founding some 17 plus yrs ago. Since there has been no postings of the Bayers Lake Mystery walls in the Rock Piles site. I think its time that it was brought to light. It’s part of
NEARA Special Event in Nova Scotia
August 8 - 13, 2007
Hosted by NEARA's Nova Scotia Chapter
Six days of Field Trips and Adventures in Nova Scotia!
Featuring: Oak Island, the Yarmouth "Runic" Stone, the Bayers Lake Walls, the Chain Lake Ruins, and the Bedford Petroglyphs
These walls were mentioned in a book by William S. Crooker, an
unpublished archaeology report by Stephen A. Davis (on file at the
Nova Scotia museum), and a Halifax Herald article by Parker Robinson
on November 10, 1990.
Chronicle-Herald Saturday, November 10, 1990
Halifax-area ruins stump archeologist
by Parker Robinson
Mysterious old rock walls and foundations uncovered near Halifax
have temporarily stumped a local archeologist and museum curator
who are unable to explain the origin of the structures.
Saint Mary's University archaeologist Stephen Davis visited the
ruins last Tuesday with Nova Scotia Museum official Bob Ogilvie
and the man who reported the finding, Bedford resident Jack MacNab.
The winding, metre-tall walls and basement foundations have left
Dr. Davis scratching his head as to who built the wall - which extends
up to 500 metres - why it was made, how and when. He says the ruins
could date back to the founding of Halifax.
"It's quite a mystery," Dr. Davis said Friday. "It just doesn't make
sense, it's not industrial yet it doesn't appear to have been used for
long term domestic stuff. I have no real idea what it is."
The location of the site will not be revealed until archeologists and
museum staff have conducted a more thorough investigation of the area.
Mr. Ogilvie, curator of special places, is investigating who owns the
thickly vegatated land the ruins lie on. If the land is slated for
imminent development, an attempt may be made to halt such proceedings
until a thorough evaluation is done of the area.
Dr. Davis says the construction style of the walls is Celtic, likely
built by someone of Scottish or Irish descent.
"It's a massive structure, the wall is incredible," said Dr. Davis.
"It's very well made. And other curious things are a couple of gates -
one of them is directly in front of a steep slope."
Mr. MacNab came upon the ruins in late October after being tipped off
to its existence by a local aerial survey company.
"I went to the area they said they were in," said Mr. MacNab, who
contacted The Chronicle-Herald after he found the ruins. " I couldn't
find them and was on my way back when I practically walked right into
Mr. Ogilvie said he expects to know whether development will be taking
place in the area of the ruins by next week.
The site is a Protected Area which does indicate that the
Museum takes it seriously as a possible antiquity rather than just
some old farm walls of no importance.
People seem to be respecting that and not digging for treasure there
or vandalizing the walls.
This might be a good forum to compile what information we do know
about these structures and try out some various hypothesis against the
When I sort through the possible uses for these structures none of
them seem to make a lot of sense.
Agricultural... Poor farmland on rocky forested hill. Possibly some
agricultural potential in the small floodplain near the rail crossing.
Livestock Pen ... Why build good stone wall to put sheep in at night
when a simple wood and brush structure would do? The walls seem to
just peter out at the southen end allowing any predators easy access.
Defensive... Poor defense strategy to build a defensible wall that has
easy access to a hill that overlooks it.
Playfort for training soldiers? Doesn't have to make military sense then.
Industrial.... ??? Could 5 sided structure be gunpowder storage with
good drainage and a low roof?
Ceremonial ?? Is this some early church or site of worship?
At least it doesn't have to be very logical for religious use.
Why the nicely formed gate? why enter there?
Why is the 5 sided structure 5 sided? First thing I thought was
it would be a good shape for a witches house but it is not a regular
pentagram beloved of the occultists.
The 5 sided structure had apparently low chest high stone walls. What
was roof made of?
What is the structure within the 5 sided structure? Haerth seems
plausible but there doesn't seem to be sufficient stone nearby to
re-construct a chimney out of.
Why build the 5 sided structure on sloping bedrock? why not find a
flatter place or more traditional stone supports on soil? Drainage
might be a possible answer.
What is the relationship of the small cottage-like foundation to the 5
sided structure. Granite steps lead up the hill to ?
The site itself has not much special about it to recommend it as
either a discrete hideout or a watch place for harbour traffic. Many
better spots for either could be found within a few km.
Is this the complete site as we now know it or is it only a piece of a
once larger complex parts of which are now destroyed or yet to be found.
I'm glad to see member Kris and friends are doing a good job searching
further afield for additional clues. The idea of a good stepladder
shot sounds useful. The triangles found by Kris's friend do seem to be
natural formations to me. I can locate some other similar triangle
holes in the slates and whins of the Halifax formation at several
places near the harbour. That type of rock seems to fracture like that
even if cross bedding is not involved.
The only additional evidences I have found are the locations where it
appears some of the wall stones were quarried, or at least broken off
the hillside. I assume others have found these too. North of the 5
sided structure and off the side of the access road is where they can
No sign of drill holes or tool marks visible to me.
These are the questions that in my mind still make these structures
The 5 sided wall structure.