Friday, December 31, 2010
Attached is a rock that I found on my property last fall...This rock was found around an area that we call a knapping station on our property. I reside in Greene county NY [near the] Athens NY Paleo Flint Mine. My question is could this rock be a point? You can see where flaking was done.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
About six years ago, I had a tour of Track Rock Gap in Georgia. On the east slope of the Gap, opposite where the petroglyphs are (from which the Gap got its name) are a number of terrace walls and cairns, and on top of one wall, partially obscured by briars and brush, I found a stone “foot,” fashioned or weathered from a pink colored stone. Carey Waldrip, who showed me the site, had not noticed this before. I was reminded of this when I saw your blog and the curiously shaped anvil stone that was just posted. Certainly the Indians were intrigued by such oddly shaped stones, and probably set them in various places for others to see and venerate.
Here's an interesting rock for ya.
This is setting in a stone wall in Acton, I removed it for this photo and
have replaced it.
The base is about 12" x 12".
The height is about 12"
The center 'column', which is shaped like the profile of an airplane wing,
must have been carved out by running water.
Next to this stone wall there is a trench, and on the other side of the
trench there are a couple 6 foot high ledges or mounds of buried rock, with
a smaller rocks piled on top.
It looks like this rock came from an underground cavern, and it might have
come from those 2 mounds (assuming there's a small cavern in there), or it
might have been carried and placed here.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Groton is in the category of town that "almost always disappoints", yet my recent experiences in southern NH led me to think it would be worth following a "edge of water" exploration strategy over in one of the rock parts of town. In the past I found a few traces on the walk up to Horse Hill from Rocky Hill Rd, and coming home I was driving slowly looking out the car window:
On my first visit (when I forgot my camera last weekend) I poked into the woods, wondering if there was going to be a bigger "mound with hollow" down at the water's edge. Saw encouraging traces:And then something bigger loomed in the background:Closer up, yes there is a sort of hollow:But this 'mound' is actually more triangular than rectangular. Here is a view of the apex of the triangle:In the vicinity there were some marker-like piles. Perhaps "ski jumps"?If I had to say, I would call this one rectangular:So, what with one thing and another, this is not exactly a typical Wachusett Tradition site. Instead (because there were a variety of piles around, some in better shape than others) it seemed like the whole area had different styles of rock pile mixed together. As if this spot was important and ceremonies continued to be performed here at different times.
On the other side of the road there was one more pile in the "cluster". This one is also a bit rectangular, with some symmetry about the larger rock (which looks fire-cracked).I continued to explore on this other side of the road and found a few other clusters of piles in there. So the whole area has quite a few minor sites in addition to the larger 'mound'. Much more than I would expect from Groton and certainly worth exploring some more in the future.
And just for reference, I frequently find something like a buried stone wall at these "Wachusett Tradition" sites. Something even older and more beaten down than the rest. There was one of those here as well.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I took so many photos on the field trip to Mt. Elam that I never could bring myself to blog about it. Perhaps I can post a few un-systematic odds and ends instead.
[In the end, I lost them all to a lost harddrive]
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Attached is the notice of a stone mound site in that the Archaeological Conservancy purchased , plus a map of one of the mound clusters (Group 2).There are three such clusters at the site, and this one has the greatest variety of features. The illustration comes from Dr. Harry Holstein’s report: “Preliminary Investigations at the Shelton Stone Mound Complex, 1CA637, Calhoun County, Alabama,” published by the Archaeological Resource Laboratory, Research Series No. 3, , 2007.
[T]his is a significant development, as this represents, I believe, the first time that a ceremonial stone mound site has been recognized and preserved by the Archaeological Conservancy.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
[You may have noticed a lot of blogging and new sites lately. I have been taking a vacation between an old job that had grown hateful and a new one about which I am quite optimistic. I start tomorrow and expect blogging will be noticeably reduced going forward. But while on break I went exploring every other day. The best finds were the site near Peppercorn Hill and the Gumpas Beaver ponds. But quite a few smaller nondescript sites like the above.]
The stemmed base (at the top of the picture) is equivalent to the stemmed base we see on Merrimack points and, in particular, "Stark" points from the early-to-middle archaic of 6K years ago.
Clearly the ancients did not always have good stone tool knapping material available. Here, instead, they used a slate/basaltic cobble from the local glacial till. But you have to really know what you are doing to get a working edge from such low grade material. Here are views of the edges:andNot a museum piece but, probably, most artifacts are like this - crude and disposable.