Thursday, November 29, 2018

Holliston site with Norman Muller and Bruce McAleer

Norman writes:

You attended that field trip to Holliston that Bruce McAleer led in November or December 2005 .  A fascinating site, and one of the features that intrigued me was a fairly large erratic with three smaller stones aligned in a horizontal row in front of it  (0055 below) .  I was certainly struck by this, which is the reason for the photo.  Another view shows the same boulder with two other erratic in front of it (0056).  To me, the alignment of the three smaller rocks in front of the first boulder is significant, and I wonder if these three smaller rocks in alignment simply signifies the three larger boulders in a row.  I also wonder if the vulva shape on the boulder means anything, or if I'm reading too much into it.  The Native Americans were certainly aware of shadows and how they can change how one interprets certain features.

What do you think?

[PWAX writes:] I think that the three smaller cobbles are what is left of a little outline next to the bounder, that was used in connection with the larger boulder alignment. So....what is left of a prayer seat? The arrangement of smaller cobbles is suggestive but I think it may be that one of them was simply knocked out of line.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ceremony at edge of deer hunters' camp

At the edge of a hunter's camp. First I saw something white and assumed it was a trash bag, but to be systematic I took a closer look and found a small quartz rock in a loose line of other rocks - with a rock pile down the way:

Other views:

Having just posted about an effigy, makes me want to see this as another example. No matter. 

There were a few other rock piles about, of a size, distribution, and placement on a flat slope, as to suggest "marker piles".

You can see a bit of path, innards to the left, the quartz arrangement beyond in the background.
So, when I see what look like a collection of marker piles, I look around the edges for rectangular mounds with hollows (burials) and this had me notice something I would not have noticed otherwise.
Lousy picture too! Just the suggestion of a level spot and an outline - a bit of soil/rock pushed out, away from an outcrop. Shaped a bit similarly to a "mound with hollow". 

I could be imagining things, though I saw a better example later:
That is as "far out" as speculation should be allowed. I don't know how you would find out if this was a burial.
This was in Wrentham State Forest, 1/4 mile NW of interchange 14 on Rt 495.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Bird Effigy Rock Pile?

A short walk with my son at the Pond Street Cons Land in Norfolk MA. We went there as a backup plan to the place I selected that didn't pan out. Too bad I did not know the topography or we might have taken a longer walk. Saw this:
 Can't resist a picture of Joe Waksman
 The bilateral symmetry is enough to consider this might be an effigy. "A bird?" he asks.
A few feet away:
 A nice brook, we decided. Looks a bit manipulated.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Along an old wall

I found a distinct and well made rock pile, covered mostly with soil and dead leaves. An old bucket might have been a donation.

Southern Sherborn

At the end of a short walk in the area, I found a messy "mound" up on the top of a bluff looking west over Sewall Brook. Similar bluffs run north of there, up through Pine Hill and Brush Hill, and I expect similar "mounds".
After some walking around, I finally found one rock pile, a bit like a donation pile but damaged:
 A piece of pink granite in the mix:
Then I am going up towards the bluff:
 Here it is from above:
There was nothing crisp enough to call a "hollow" but there were some signs of structure. I would call this a "Wrentham pavement" and suggest, since this is the Charles River watershed, it is part of the same culture we saw recently at Birchwold in Wrentham.

Other views:
Looking at the lower slope of this pile note the curved line of rocks on the right side of the picture:
Examining these more closely:
This begins to resemble a bit of "marker pile" structure and the suggestion is that the even slope below the mound played that role. Since this is in association with the large mound above, it is an interesting detail. 

It is a grand thing, and nice to see in the context of the Wrentham finds. In the above picture, the hill slopes down to the right and becomes a ridge. A few feet along there, there was a bit of something else:
In time we can explore those bluffs north of here, to look for similar sites.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Somewhere in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

I am sitting on a slab of rock, with smaller rocks propped up around the edge. When I was about 5 years old, we did not think about stonework and archaeo-astronomy. Apologies, my Dad did not understand things like cleaning the camera lens.

Anyone recognize this spot or the background mountain?

Boulder Mortar (Watertown CT)

On the Bulldozer Edge
At the Hamburger Edge of my Hometown: