Thursday, January 31, 2019

Harry Holstein Video

From Norman Muller:

I just received this video clip from Harry Holstein.  

Some CT Turtle LiDar

With Great Thanks to 

  Well now, this is a place we all have heard a little bit about, Buell Hill in Killingworth CT, that Turtle made of stacked stones, that one of these people in the photograph once confessed to me that he didn't know "how anybody could look at and not think it was intended to be a Turtle:"
Here it is again:
Tom Paul once drew a map of "stone walls" and a "Turtle Cairn"
and I once matched up a little bit of it, as best as I could,
 to an aerial photo superimposed over a topographic map that I lifted at :

The Lidar and Tom Paul's map,
matching up the features:

  So what else is on Buell Hill? Some interesting things perhaps:

Exactly where this is on Buell Hill, I'm unsure, but it is sort of interesting:

(Not the same "Stone Prayer" but a photo of another by Marjorie Theroux Tietjen:)
Undulating (vertically), an interesting row of stones:
Closer still (and drawing in the eye isn't necessary):

Up on the outcrop:
Video Link:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Rock Piles in Holden

From Reader Conor B:

I came across a group of around a dozen small stone piles on a hill slope facing north. It is right next to a reservoir that would have been wet meadow in the past. In the 8th photo of the link you can see the top stone of one pile is quartz.
[since link not working:]

Sunday, January 27, 2019

LiDAR survey of NH Walls

From Norman Muller:

I just posted a comment about a short wall segment in NH that is unrecorded by LiDAR.  Below are two photos: one of the split boulder and another of a portion of the wall.  Both features are immediately next to Route 16 in Ossipee, NH.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

A landscape unseen in over 40,000 years

[Not rock pile related]

Canadian arctic revealed by receding glaciers:

I hope archeologists are in a rush to get up there and confirm human presence [or not]. It is a great opportunity.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

State Officials Turn to Crowdsourcing for Stone Wall Mapping Effort (NH)

  JAN 21, 2019
"The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has launched a new online crowdsourcing project with the goal of mapping every stone wall in the state...LiDAR reveals hills, rivers, ravines, and, as it turns out, stone walls. But there are more stone walls revealed in the LiDAR scans of New Hampshire than any one researcher or historian could hope to map. So DES is inviting you to help record the locations of the state's stone walls by looking through the online map for the telltale straight lines that cut across the otherwise curvy landscape..."
The LiDar for New Hampshire is available online
with the NH Stone Wall Mapper:

 I had to update this post from last year:

"Two houses being built there, but most of the stone works seem to be surviving!" Anna tells me...

NH Stone Wall Mapping Group 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

"The Kite"

Qussukquanush (?)

   "Desert kites are constructions aimed at trapping game animals, found in the Middle East. The constructions are generally believed to have been used "to catch herds of wild ungulates." They appear in deserts and are most common in eastern Jordan; some also appear in the Negev Desert of Israel and Sinai Desert of Egypt."  Wikipedia

Thursday, January 17, 2019

genetics nonsense

[Not rock pile related]

I am going to quote a paragraph here, from

Over the past several years, multiple teams of researchers have conducted studies with the goal of learning more about what has happened with the Neandertal DNA that became mixed with human DNA approximately 45,000 years ago. Most have agreed that introduction of DNA from Neandertals underwent negative selection and thus has slowly diminished—at least in modern Europeans. In this new effort, the researchers have found evidence that suggests these earlier results were wrong, and that there is no evidence of negative selection. They further contend that the reason the other researchers got it wrong was because they made incorrect assumptions about between non-Africans (Europeans) and Africans.

Note that "most" researchers got it wrong because of "incorrect assumptions about gene flow...". You wonder, what kind of journals published this research that was largely confused about basic assumptions? Also how can the "evidence" of the earlier papers become the "no evidence" of the later paper? Suppose, for example, they were papers about the color of a flower; and rewrite the phrases. You have "most have agreed the flower was pink" and now there is "no evidence the flower is pink". Given these contradictions you have to ask: what kind of a standard for "evidence" exists in a subject that can do such a reversal?

The conclusion is that there is no such thing as "evidence" for DNA comparisons. Consequently [I will take this to the extreme], one should assume all genetic evidence related to Native Americans and peopling of the New World is suspect of being just an expression of "incorrect assumptions about gene flow" by researchers.

Don't get me wrong. There is certainly worthwhile science to do with genetic comparisons. The problem is that it is so easy to introduce bias. You would think the journals might have a clue about this.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Different Mound Shapes and "Apalachia"

For those not put off by the "People of One Fire" point of view, you may find this interesting. It describes differences in origin for three different groups called "Apalachian". Each had different styles of mound.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Rattlesnake Eye and Scales (PA)

"Hey, what's up with that one?" I asked John Martin a while back:
A day or two or three ago, he went back up to the "stone wall" to capture more images:
Of course I'm reminded of this:
Either some kind of great cosmic coincidence is going on or this is intentionally realistic and anatomically correct for the species:
He was thinking of that too because I'd sent him that - and this as well:
"Anyone can say it's a Big Snake," it's true,
 But now and again a Stone Structure says it too:
Added 01/04/2018
Same "Squamation" in a MA Chamber:

A few more examples:

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Could this be a turtle?

Reader RC asks.

He writes:
I found your site when searching for information on prehistoric rock Cairns after reading a local history book that my wife gave me for Christmas.  I remembered having this stack of stones on my property.  I cut away some willows today and this is what I found. Interesting in that there are other stones on the ground around it and remnants of a stone wall about 25 feet away.  I would be curious what you think.  I am located in Otsego County, New York State.