Thursday, October 29, 2009

East side of Peach Hill - a gridded site next to a farm dump

Went back to "sip at the same cup" but from the eastern side. There was a gridded site where I parked, a curious set of ruins across the road and then minor features along the swamp - but nothing as major as on the west side of the hill. The first site, a grid, is kind of broken down and not easy to photo as a grid. My best effort:
Some details. Here are three in a row:One pile. There is a bit of wall underneath the dead branches.Probably the most interesting thing was this short stretch of wall at the lower end of the site. This was so short, it is almost an elongated pile. It reminds me of the hill by Gilmore Rd with its grid and longer but still short stretch of wall. One view:From the side:Looking downhill you can see a hollow which is a sand/gravel borrow pit. Beyond that, some rusty farm equipment. This video gives the layout:

I should mention that this hill is not far from where I found fresh rock piles built correctly. So I believe there must be a family living in the vicinity that never lost its connection to the past.


theseventhgeneration said...

Wow, this is really similar (with the exception of a creek) to a site I just found yesterday. A fantastic little rock pile site, in a grid, on the eastern side of a headwater creek. I found only three rock piles on the west side of the creek but there was also (on the western side) a strange figure 8 structure with a piece of farm debris inside. I'll have to post about it within the next couple of days.

Tim MacSweeney said...

In Waterbury CT,there's a Peach Orchard Road, south of East Mountain Resavoir where I was once shown some massive zigzag stone rows along the brook there. The origin of the name comes from the peach orchards of the Quinnipiacs:
" It may be a surprise to our readers to learn that Waterbury had an Indian reservation. It was on the southeast portion of East mountain and consisted of fifty acres, and was bought by the proprietors of the undivided lands of New Haven, May 7,1731, for " the use, benefit, and behoof of the Indians that now do or hereafter shall be properly belonging to or descending from that tribe of Indians called or known by the name of New Haven or Quinepiag Indians as long as any of that tribe or family shall remain and no longer." The Quinnipiac Indians were evidently moved on, for the consideration was a quit-claim by the proprietors of New Haven of " fifty acres at the upper end of the New Indian field, to John Moris of New Haven." This Indian reservation was undoubtedly occupied, for we find it called "the Indian farm" down to the time of the Revolution."
The town and city of Waterbury, Connecticut, Volume 1 By Sarah Johnson Prichard