Monday, November 20, 2017

Quartz by a brook

Can't get the dramatic voice straight but for what it is worth:

On my way out to explore - self portrait

I don't mean to be too vain. If anyone else wants to send a photo, please do. I would be glad to post it so we can see what you look like - now that you have aged a bit more :) This is how I look on the way out the door:

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Town of Ashland votes to protect Wildcat Hill

From Curt Hoffman:

At Town Meeting on Tuesday, November 14th, the citizens of Ashland, Massachusetts voted to purchase a 34-acre parcel adjacent to the Town Forest, for a sum of $926,000.  This parcel includes the well-known Wildcat Hill sites, which have many stone structures.  This fact was noted at the meeting and was explicitly one of the factors in favor of the purchase.  The Town also voted to expend $40,050 for Town Forest improvements, which will include a 5-car parking lot at the Oregon Road end of the White Trail, which passes by Wildcat Hill, making it more accessible to the public.

Best regards,

[Wildcat Hill]

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Great photos from Arabia

here (click on the '>').  If those things were in New England they would be called "stone walls". Leading to the question: how many things like the Arabian "kites" are in fact hiding in plain sight - looking very much "colonial farmer..."?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

College Rock - too much to post

I went with the LFHs to College Rock in Hopkinton. That place is so full of things it is daunting to blog about. I'll at least try posting some random pics later.

Snake Meadow Brook - mounds against boulders

I took a quick walk in from the road and noticed a tall bit of stone wall. We always like it when the wall gets to be more than 8 feet tall.
A striking bit of stone wall. See the triangular stone in the middle? I noticed the boulder behind had a scatter of smaller stones. In fact the inside corner of the wall (just right of the above photo) looked like this:
Then there  was another boulder with rocks on it:
I was distracted from looking at this in detail by the larger boulder that became visible:
Here is the vista with yet another boulder with pile in the foreground:
Of the four major boulders, all had piles on them. This is the largest:
Off in a little side valley, this was a high point of water, only a few feet from access by boat. 

I should recall that at Horse Hill, not too far away, there is an area where there are several mounds somewhat like these, built against boulders. It is a particular style for this part of MA, that seems to me to be older than most of the other structures here.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

More on Cairns from Redwing MN

Reader Steve in MN writes:
I have a few more photos of one of the Red Wing, MN rock cairns if you are interested. I hiked out there yesterday and used a 30' mapping pole with a camera to take some birds-eye view shots. Of the four cairns I've found so far, this one is the most complete (though looks like it was systematically dismantled and the rocks put in piles).

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Some nice pics


Berks man believes he has found Indian burial ground, artifacts

Have we seen this?

Quartz arrowhead

On Friday I took the opportunity to go for a walk after work one last time before the clocks changed. Temperatures have been significantly above average for most of this autumn, and it felt more like a summer evening, than a November day. We have gotten some rain, some new things were exposed. This is a decent point and I was happy to find it. Spotting a prehistoric tool fully exposed on the surface of the ground is a thrill that never gets old.
 There were some other fragments to find as well.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Split Wedged Rock from northern Scandinavia

Seen on Netflix in the movie "Ragnarok":
What do we think about this? A pan-arctic ceremonialism?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

NEARA Fall Conference

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November 10-12, 2017
Warwick, RI

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Registration Deadline is November 6th!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Cranberry Hill, on the border of Lexington and Lincoln

Mostly private property, so I'll skill giving a map. This is a site I knew from long ago, when I remember thinking the place was very indistinct - with examples of piles shading away into outcrops. On this visit it all looked a lot clearer. I had circled around to the north and was in a flat place heading south, went up the ridge and over, down to the owner's driveway, then back up and down the valley out to Mill Street. There were piles all the way, with some classic rectangular mounds mixed in.
Here we are in the flat place. After most of an hour walking with few rocks visible, suddenly here are two clusters. One with small rocks, another with large ones:
A closer look at the first:
If you care to look closely, you will see it is a capital 'U' with a break on the left stem. Meanwhile the other pile has no structure that I recognize:
Since I walked right over it, I saw this third pile too:
 The view back towards the first two.
Then up the ridge to the west. Something is already peaking out from there:
Ah ha!
And more ah ha! This is now somewhat familiar, rectangular with a depression.
It is running downhill in an unusual manner but it seems to still be the familiar mound. Other views:
And here is another 'U' with a broken stem - this time with the opening facing us:
And over onto the ridge:
 View back towards first mounds.
And down below:
The other way:
From a distance another mound on an outcrop (this is right in back of the house):
Then we go back up over to the next valley, with more mounds on the way:

It is rectangular but is there a depression in the middle?
Seen from above:
Let's say goodbye to the valley as we head out to Mill Street:

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Photos from Our Hidden Landscapes

"Our Hidden Landscapes: Native American Stone Ceremonial Sites in the North American East" took place on October 28, 2017 from 9am-5pm at Shepaug Valley High School in Washington CT.
Dr. Lucianne Lavin
"Stone Landscapes in Pennsylvania and the Northeast" 
Tom Paul spoke about the Hammonasett Line and Norman Muller presented "Interpreting Row-Linked Boulder Sites from Georgia to New England."
Robert DeFosses spoke about the stones on his hilltop property in Harwinton CT, "A Sacred Place:"
(Above: Bob asked me to take some photos with his cell phone;
below: one of Bob's photos)

Doug Harris of the Narragansett spoke about 
Manitou Hasanik  and "Ceremonial Stone Landscapes:"
And especially of "Let the Landscape Speak for Itself"
Doug Harris pointing out the Manitou Stone observed by Norman at Turners Falls:
(Above: Institute for American Indian Studies photo)

James Gage took the stage:
Doug Schwartz was there:
Dr. Johannes (Jannie) Loubser (or as he introduced himself to two of my grandchildren, Doc Rock Lobster) presented "The Stone Piles of Jackson County, Georgia:"

Dr. Julia King spoke (but my photo was too blurry to put up here),  presented "Rethinking Indigenous Landscapes in the Chesapeake." She was followed by Dr. Laurie Rush who works for the U.S. Army at Fort Drum, New York. She presented "Indigenous Stone Features and Landscapes of the Northeast; the Need for Scientific Research:"

Dr. Paul Robinson, retired RI State Archaeologist, spoke of the "Challenges and Opportunities of Collaborative Research Projects; Working with Indian Tribes to Preserve and Protect Ceremonial Stone Landscapes." He was followed by Charity Moore Weiss and Matthew Victor Weiss, who presented "Stones and Their Places; An Application of Landscape Theory to Ceremonial Stone Landscapes of West Virginia."

Paul Loether of the National Park Service conducted a lively discussion to end the event: