Monday, May 07, 2007

Large Corner Pile - Fitchburg Sate Forest

A corner pile is where they piled rocks up in a corner of a stone wall. Sometimes they seem distinctly ceremonial, but not this one. Unless you want to count as ceremony, something with some quartz and a license plate?

1 comment :

JimP said...

I'm not so sure I agree with you Peter. The retaining wall for that corner pile is rather carefully constructed. It also displays some of the same diagonal coursing and flat stone utilization as I've seen in various other platform cairns and corner piles. Compare the coursing in that corner pile to the construction techniques in the Miner Farm photos from this post:

From what's been written ethnographically concerning ceremonial objects, a license plate certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility. It could've had special meaning to someone. But there could be other explanations too, such as litter from later use of the property.