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.
I think the author is making a couple mistakes. One is leaving the reader with the impression that most rock piles are from agriculture, which is just plain wrong. The second is a well-phrased thought about the same type of structure being built by different people in different places. Yes! But then the author misses a basic step, confusing Europe with New England: Eastern US rock pile structures are NOT found in Europe. (So they must be Indian.)
Concerning my area, Sturbridge Ma-Woodstock Connecticut, I was told by a Wabquasett Nipmuck Council Member that the enclosed groundcairn with a niche at ground level was for the feeding the Earth spirit.Someone had mentioned they left food and tobacco in the niche. That statement was right on the money.
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