Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Rock piles under the power way to grander things under the trees

This is a site in Leominster I have described before as a Wachusett facing site - don't want to again. But I went back to show it to FFC and the piles are as grand and moving as ever. Here are ones from under the power lines:A larger one in the woods:[Note a similarity with the pile at Whipple Hill in Lexington]

And this wonderful construction. What better argument for these being ceremonial could there be than the simple observation of the design and clear intent in this? A split rock with quartz and careful fill.
The vistas: A Japanese garden moment: It is a big site and covers one side of a small hill.

Sharp-eyed as usual, FFC noticed several wall anomalies, including a "snakiness" near the earlier split rock with quartz. Here are views in opposite directions along it:
FFC also noticed a sequence of round depressions in the middle of a rather wide stone wall: Things like this catch ones attention: The overwhelming impression for me, is that these piles had structure. Some straight lines and perpendicular angles are still visible in the tumbled rocks. The damage looks deliberate on most of the piles. I wonder what was the reward for breaking into them? (The light colored rock is not a piece of quartz, it is the light in the photo.) Also some of the piles looked added to with little hollow "nests" made of smaller stones and a piece of quartz at the edge of the hollow (I saw this more than once bit only got one pictures of this).Enough to keep you thinking.


Norman said...

This site makes perfect sense in that it faces an important and isolated mountain in central MA, one that was undoubtedly sacred to the Indians of the region.

Tim MacSweeney said...

Overwhelming is right!!

JimP said...

Circular depressions in the middle of wide stone walls are also features found at Queen's Fort in Exeter, RI.