Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A little shelter


Anonymous said...

OK, I'll bite. It looks intriguing. What is it? Where is it? How big is the interior? And how is it constructed?


JimP said...

There is a small shelter very much like this one along the Tippecansett Trail near Beach Pond south of Rte. 165 in Exeter, RI not far from the CT line and the Pachaug State Forest. The stonework is more elaborate and taller, but it's the same idea -- a rock overhang/shelter with a wall of stonework in front of it.

pwax said...

It is on private property, I'll email you in person about its location. You can see it is about 12'x6' and it is made from the local rock.

Anonymous said...

Stone walls in front of rock shelters are very common in New England. The oldest example was from the Flagg Swamp Rockshelter in Westborough, MA, and was dated to the Archaic Period. The wall and the shelter were thoroughly recorded, but both were unfortunately destroyed to make way for an off ramp for I495.

Other dripline walls have been reported from CT -- all of them built by Native Americans.

Tim MacSweeney said...

An old rant of mine was "The Indian Cave," as it's called locally, on the NEARA website:, where I give reasons to believe "The Cave" might have been a sweatlodge, since there exists references to caves (or cells)as in CT (Pissepunk) and RI ("Pe'suponck / sweatlodge," translated by Roger Williams).
Is there water nearby that could have been a plunge pool?


pwax said...

No water nearby.