Reader coferrells send this in:
I have a lot of white quartz/quartzite rock piles on a hill side that faces east. They are anywhere from a couple feet across to several feet across and range from a foot tall to a couple feet tall. They have been there a long time. The rocks range in size from an orange to a large honeydew. There is one pile that is probably the biggest and it is probably six feet across and at least 2 ft tall. Right in the middle on top is a piece of rock (I think its granitic gneiss which is the predominant rock here). There really is not a lot of quartz around the property, just in the piles. We find a LOT of quartz and quartzite projectile points in the pasture below. Do you think they might be Indian graves. I really do not want them bothered if they are. People have asked me what the rock piles are and I usually tell the they are farmers' rock piles. Then they always ask where the farmers got all that quartz... These piles are in west/central Georgia.
In pic 506, you can see multiple mounds going up the hill.
Incidentally the points we find here are from the Archaic Indians, very old. These mounds appear to be very old.
Pic 508 is one of the piles that has a single piece of granite in the middle.
Pic 507 has a camera case that is 6"long and 4" wide for comparison to the rocks.
And 511 is a pile. These are not all of them, just a few. There are a couple that have been tumbled.But yes, my conetention has always been they were probably prehistoric and that no farmer would pile only white quartz...on the TOP of a ridge.
One other thing. These piles are on an east facing ridge overlooking a valley with a creek at the bottom. It is a nice view.
[Note from pwax] With the exception of some small assemblages of quartz which could be called a "pile", I haven't seen anything like these pure quartz piles up here in the northeast. If anyone else knows of some, please leave a comment. As I recall, there is an Eagle Mound, also in Georgia ,made or at least surfaced with quartz - leading me to wonder if this use of quartz isn't a particular and identifiable tradition from that area.