Given that mundane pedigree it is tempting to ignore that flat vertical rock in the center of the picture. It does not look as if it fell from the pile but as if it was deliberately placed. Huh? A manitou stone on a field clearing pile? Then darned if there wasn't a hollow in the center of the top of the pile:Let me try listing every way to get a hollow like that in the top of the pile. If you can think of others, please add a comment. So, a hollow could be because:
- the pile was built with this dip in it
- someone removed material, creating that dip
- the pile was built with a hollow place inside the pile which has now collapsed to form this shape.
What does that leave? A manitou stone in front of a pile with a collapsed inner hollow. So what kind of field clearing is this? What about burials that are inside field clearing piles?
Here are some other large "field clearing" piles built into the walls (at the bottom of what was once fields):
There were lots of them.
A bit further down hill a rock-on-rock which I am pretty sure was not from field clearing. [So hard to walk through the woods these days - with all the blowdown trees - that I left it at that.] There certainly were some Indians around here sometime in the past, probably even after there were fields here.