Friday, March 31, 2006

"Fishtails" from Westford MA

Looking at the pictures of the piles Geophile calls "fishtails", both hers and the ones from Norman Muller, remind me a bit of some piles I saw in Westford. Here are examples. They are not all triangular but have in common a characteristic flat face on one side.They were from a site with a number of other distinctive features, like small pile with a space and then a larger pile:
I'll say more about the site some other time.

Someone needs to hypothesize why some structures - piles and walls - needed clean faces on one side. That seems to be the main attribute of these "fishtail" piles.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I would like to see the piles without snow.

With regard to "clean faces on one side," I have found that a significant number of stone piles at the Parker Woodland site in Coventry, RI, have the "clean" or vertical face oriented to the east, whereas the west side is tapered and fairly nondescript.

Norman Muller