Tuesday, June 30, 2015
I've put an ad in a popular history magazine called Georgia Backroads for 8 quarterly issues. So far, I've had over a dozen new leads in just the first 3 weeks of the first issue. I have another ad coming out this Fall in Georgia Outdoor News, a monthly statewide hunting and fishing magazine and it will run for 1 year. I may end up with more than I can handle, but I wish I'd done this years ago.
Monday, June 29, 2015
In the end, my nose pulled be back away from the water's edge. First I went to take a quick look at some unnatural piling on an outcrop. From there I spotted a small rock pile. ok. From there I spotted an unusual enclosure built into a wall. OK. From there I spotted a larger mound. OK!!!
Goes like this:
Looking west towards the water. I climbed up to this outcrop to examine the mess (underfoot in the picture). Note the very tall stone wall below. But behind you:
And then, what is this?
After this I explored outward and took several not-very-good pictures. We will see that most of the piles are like the first one above - a pile on a boulder, near another boulder.
Some observations about the enclosure. It is on the high point. A unique position.
Filling most of one end is a mound with a collapsed center. This is the expected structure for mounds in this area. But the enclosure around it, connecting it to a wall is something new to me. Perhaps added later? There are two things I did not pay enough attention to. There is a cleanly split boulder built into the enclosure wall (back of the first picture and under foot in the second one) and you can see some kind of funny-business at the base of the enclosing wall in the front right part of the first picture. What are these features? I tried to indicate them on a sketch:
What is up with these things? It is unusual to see a split rock directly connected to a mound with a hollow. The mystery deepens when you consider the style of several of the other rocks piles around the enclosure also involves a pile and a separate boulder. We noted "a pile on a boulder, near another boulder". Take a look at some of the others.
Except this one was more complicated and I could not get a good picture of it. Here is part of it:
I have nothing wise to say. I get a feeling the enclosure was added later. I also wonder if the boulder might have been split later? Scattered around among the larger piles were smaller ones, and messy things under the leaves:
A small knoll at the top of two watersheds; I'd say with a complicated history.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
This is fine work:
A small disturbance in the ferns, at the tip top of a watershed:
I decided it was a small collapsed "seat":
And there is that hole in the wall again (at the base of the wall, right next to a high point):
When I got up and over to the upland ponds there was a place where the wall was about 7 feet tall:
And by the time I got over to those ponds, there were rock piles:
I was trying to think of a word for a culture that lived around small lakes and ponds. Later I phoned my wife to Google the word for "lake" in Greek and in Latin: "limne" and "lacus". So a culture that is "circum-limneic" or "peri-lacustrine".
Separately, I was wondering what would you need a seven foot tall wall for? I cannot see it being needed for any of the usual agrarian explanations for stone walls.
Not so bad this time, perhaps with some residual immunity from last summer. One day into the antibiotic and I had a great walk in spite of it the disease.
Update: don't misinterpret my light tone. It is a serious disease and I am lucky to have noticed it sooner than later.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
I was really looking for "burnt quartz" ref's but came upon the above, stone piles over graves and then the Snake Manitou reference, leaving me wondering about the stone walls that surround the stone heaps sometimes - could they be Serpent Petroforms??? - Tim
Post Script: Maybe this is similar?
Friday, June 19, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
You posted photos on September 24th 2014 of my proposed equinox alignment. Here are the directions.
Wednesday September 23rd. / Sunrise
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
with a suggestive shape on that upper rock - it looks deliberately formed.
Driving onward to the top of the hill the landowner said "no, use the public entrance on Musquash" which left me with an extra mile at the beginning and end of the hike - a long slog for me. It might be worth trying to figure out how to get in from the north.
In retrospect it did not seem like a great walk, mostly just a long slog. But I guess I am getting jaded because I did find a couple of sites.
At 'A', a ridge had a few piles on it, seemingly almost in a line:
I have to interrupt the rock pile account to mention some of the nice nature on the way from 'A' to 'B'.
- This guy was a long way from water up on the hillside:
- This bit of light in a small woodland pond needed to be photo'd
- And you know what this is:
Meanwhile back at the rock piles...what was weird at 'B' was how about 6 stone walls came together in a messy set of corners and enclosures. It was hard to photo:
Nestled within one corner, in the upper left of the above picture, was a large rock pile with a bit of dirt on it and a feathering of ferns. A direct view:
There was a second one a few steps away. The walls from a different (equally uninformative) direction.
After this I headed back towards my car. Ended up getting lost and hiking for an extra 3/4 hours anyway.
This pretty flower was new to me. Seen growing at the wall junction:
By Monday night I couldn't remember where I had walked on Saturday. Now I remember, it was in Sterling and I got accosted by helpful police on the way out (neighbors suspicious of my car). That is the 2nd time for Sterling. Nothing else of note for the walk.