Monday, September 18, 2017

Paradise Pond - Princeton

Lots of stuff on the eastern side. This was not far from "King Tut" Highway, closer to the lowlands.

Friday, September 15, 2017

More west of Lovell Reservoir Fitchburg

A bit south of the first mound group I discussed here and through more than a little bit of raspberry, I came out into clearer spaces with more rock piles. Damaged.
And more particularly:
I was quite taken with the next one, and have panoramas from various angles:
It is a complicated structure - a genuine ruin.
Finally, some are more smeared out than others. It would be interesting to know why.
Quite a busy place, that otherwise inconspicuous bit of map.

Celebrate Hopkinton's "Ceremonial Stone Landscape" on Oct 7

(via the R. Ferrara and Friends of Pine Hawk)

Please join Hopkinton Rhode Island in celebrating the dedication of its Ceremonial Stone Landscape on October 7th. Many of you will remember the team from Hopkinton presenting on this work at our meetings, and their process is a ground-breaking one for future collaborations among us. Congrats Hopkinton!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

West of Lovell Reservoir Fitchburg

The whole shoulder there, looking out east over the open space of the reservoir is worth the walk. I re-visted an old mound group and found another. Maybe around the 'L' of Lovell or near the end of that dashed line on the map. To find the re-visited site, get up to the edge of the steep part of the ridge and follow the stone wall north until you get to this pile:
(sorry about the light). This is a bulge in the wall but it has a distinct depression in the center and a couple pieces of quartz next to each other. I remember there was a pile up hill a few steps and the last time, when I went to look at that pile there was another larger mound visible in the bushes forty feet or so away. I could not see it now and would never have gone to look for it. Even knowing they were there it took me a while to locate the three mounds I remember.

Another, really covered in bushes:

 Nice piece of creamy quartzite.

Then finally the smallest, which is the one I remembered seeing first, in the past:

A wonderful little mound.

I don't need to try too hard to classify this mound group. Is is part of the continuum of such mounds along Falulah Brook from the Hospital to Ashby Rd West. [And it is nice to know there are still plenty of backyards along there that I have not had a chance to sneak into yet.]
I walked north to the feeder brook, then back south, through the first site and on southward toward my car. A short stretch of wall in there:
I remembered one little curious bit of stone wall corner and puddle, not too far from the first group. And I did see it on the way north. But heading back south I came to some others. Wait a minute! What is this?

And where was this?Another wall bulge with a hollow:

We still haven't gotten to the second mound group. I'll post about it separately.

Field find

This picture (barely) shows two large male turkeys engaged in some kind of combat. I watched them circle each other and then briefly attack each other for several minutes. I had never seen such a thing. You will notice, on the right side of the picture, some areas where the grass is thin. It is very sandy in this place.
 I spotted something in one of the sandy patches where the grass grows sparse.
A nice one. Stark, I believe. Material is a bit unusual. More layered than the argillite tools I find. Slate, maybe. I found this back in May. I have had some other lucky days since my last post, but don't often have time to sit down at a computer. I will post some other finds soon.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Alpine Hill Fitchburg, with more bad cellphone pictures

I went out with the ladies from Harvard ("LFH"?) but few photos are worth passing along.
A new big thing I had not seen:
And, for example:
On the southern shoulder (where they saw a nice rocking stone, I only heard it from below, while photo'ing this):
and a few more mounds from the main hill. Found one rock pile near the top that incorporated a rusted wheel rim from a wagon.

I was unable to locate the large mounds I blogged about in the past at Alpine Hill - just as I am pretty unable to locate the previous posts but, for example:

Free Webinar on Indigenous Stone Landscapes

From Curt Hoffman:
[link fixed] Register Now: Free Webinar on Indigenous Stone Landscapes on Sept 19.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Long Hill, Bolton

Driving up Long Hill Rd from the north, I saw a watercourse on my left and thought it looked worth exploring. When I turned onto Annie Moore Rd, I found the watercourse had curved around and began there next to #23. I thought: here is where I should look, and in fact this was next to the road:
You also see something smaller in the woods behind it but, next to a house, I did not go take a closer look:
That would be about here: