In Carlisle MA the Indians came and looked at stone piles and agreed that the piles were their own ceremonial objects. There had been a "medicine man" trail that passed somewhere nearby but no one remembered the details, no one remembered where it was. So this property, given to the town of Carlisle by Mr Benfield, became the first acknowledged Native American ceremonial site in the northeastern US. In one description "the cat was out of the bag". This led to other things such as USET resolutions and the listing of the Turner's Falls airport rock pile site as a national historic landmark. It is fair to say that I first noticed the rock piles at this site and pointed them out to FFC who started making a fuss about such things and got the Indians to visit.
Here is a link to an article in the Carlisle "Mosquito" about the property. Other articles from that newspaper can be found by searching on words like "Indian" and "stone pile" here.
The site is at the edge of the woods, with a wide opening to the right where a marsh edges Spencer brook:
Saturday FFC invited me for a stroll out to the Benfield property, where the Carlisle Trail Committee is building a platform out in the middle of the marsh surrounding Spencer Brook. I got some nice photos of the place from Louise Hara - a friend of my friend. So I thought I would show them.
One of the abutting landowners, Tim Fohl, spent a good deal of time looking around at the rock pile site and noticing stone walls and their relation to the brook. I believe he has done some research into old channels and earthworks within the Spencer Brook marsh and there may be other thoughts, but one result of his interest was a focus on the brook itself and the wide expanse of sky visible there. This might have contributed to what they are doing today. The trail committee asked the Native Americans (in this case probably the Narragansett historic preservation officer) about building a platform and were told to avoid using straight lines or corners. So (looking in the opposite directions from were the first picture above was taken) here is a view of the brook and the trail leading to the platform they are building:Here are the assembled trail committee, getting reading to start work:Here they make an oval:Here are a couple of friends, pwax on the left, FFC on the right - pretty well pleased with themselves.