This is about rock piles and stone mound sites in New England. A balance is needed between keeping them secret and making them public. Also arrowheads, stone tools and other surface archaeology.
Kind of: yuck!
The old stories are amazing; there's so many of them. One of them from Mooney talks about snakes hating the smell of human sweat, so the hunter sticks a hand under his armpit and then under the serpent's nose.One personal Communication from my friend from the Cheyenne River res, (spiritual advisor to the two state recognised tribes along the Housatonic) when I asked him about the creature was that there still were really shy horned snakes living near the reservation that people sometimes saw...
Speaking about serpents, a museum colleague of mine, an archaeologist and expert in Mississippian mythology and religion, saw the "Wall-over-the-Stream" site in Rochester, VT, four or so years ago, and said it probably represented a water serpent. Other archaeologist who were with us when my friend said this, didn't know what to say, and of course they said nothing. I wrote a short web article about it, which you can access at http://rock-piles.com/R7-2.
Reminds me of those "underwater panthers" talked about by the mounds archaeologists in Ohio.
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