Friday, February 10, 2006

More from Bruce McAleer

Here is another curious boulder, this one is from the Roslindale/West Roxbury area [I think] near Turtle Pond Parkway. In the next picture, note the ring of stones in the foreground. This is a particular style of prayer seat, found in this type of context: a ring of stones to the side of a prominent boulder. My opinion is that this was done in order to share some of the energy and personality of the large rock.There were two rock piles Bruce found near this same boulder. It looks like the boulder was the focus of additional ceremonies.



pwax said...

In the last picture, I am noticing a split rock in the background, lined up with the few rocks of a pile in the foreground. This is a pattern I am starting to notice: a pile of some sort lined up with the split in a rock. It is one of the lessons we learned last Saturday.

Norman Muller said...

The cairn beside the boulder is fascinating and significant, and more attention should be paid to the boulder to see if it has any unusual shape or placement. Bruce pointed out several stone circles adjacent to large boulders in the Holliston, MA, Town Forest last fall. Undoubtedly many more such circles will be found once we start to look for them.

Norman Muller said...

Regarding the three photos posted by Bruce from the Roslindale area, I did not notice immediately that they are connected. Obviously the unusual shape and position of the boulder was what attracted attention. I'm loathe to call the circle a prayer seat because of its proximity to the boulder; prayer seats, at least in the West, were built on high places overlooking a vista or some feature having phenominal characteristics. The next two photos need to be explained more thoroughly. The first one does not look to have much height, and I'm wondering if it might be a petroform. The second is hard to make out. I seem to see a split boulder in the distance with a chock stone.

Bruce McAleer said...

Hey Norman and Peter,

That was astute to pick up the split boulder behind the pile. I can't remember if the crack was rock filled. Also notice the boulder or ledge between the two features. All were situated at the edge of a cliff about 15-20 feet high. I was afraid these features may not show up in a photo due to leaf cover. The boulder with circle photo has other variations to look for. One prominent boulder/rock association is a boulder with a semi-circular ring of stone (check my Newton and Holliston albums). I'll comb my photos to look for examples but I've seen it at numerous locations. Sometimes, there is just a small heap of stones at the base of a boulder. Other times, the semi-circle will be filled with stone in it's interior to create a small cairn. You've already seen the full circle of stones in the photo. As with rock piles, boulder features have many variations.