Monday, March 28, 2016

A blog from southern NH, with rock piles

http://myredschoolhouse.blogspot.com/

Comments are requested.

4 comments :

pwax said...

Pictures of wide stone walls with hollows remind me of some of the "ravine culture" burials I was writing about here:
http://rockpiles.blogspot.com/search?q=Ravine

Anna Szok said...

There are 3 seasonal brooks that originate on this site, or near it. A 4th brook, Hartshorn brook (big enough to get a proper name on our maps) runs through the valley directly to the east of this wall. The top-most rock pile would have had a fabulous view of the lowlands of what we now know as Amherst, and points east. Water and/or steep hills are definitely connected to all of the sites I'm finding. Ravine culture is a good name!

Tim MacSweeney said...

At the "private" Face Book group called "Waking Up on Turtle Island," where I posted a link to Anna's blog post, a rock art expert interested in Rock (or Stone) Piles, commented that: "The oval-shaped piles (shown in the first three photos), comprising roughly equal-sized river cobbles, very likely contain funerary remains in the center." I am awaiting a reply as to why he said that...

Tim MacSweeney said...

And that reply is: "The shape and edges of the cleared one are very regular and even. Yes, the pile could consist of tossed stones, but they were tossed with great precision. In the Ocmulgee area of central GA, rock piles looking like this one do contain funerary remains. However, being in a different area it is possible that the one in your photo could be modern. Only remote-sensing and/or excavation might reveal the content and antiquity (soil profile and date) of the pile."