Saturday, June 04, 2022

Our Vanishing Ceremonial Stone Landscape (CT)

    Apparently, I’m documenting Our Vanishing Ceremonial Stone Landscape more than anything else these days. Similar to Eric Sloane writing and sketching about a romantic colonial past, I’m instead blogging about and photographing disappearing features of an Indigenous Cultural Landscape that only a tiny percentage of people are aware of, think is somehow “interesting,” much less worthy of recognition, study, and preservation. I’ve been documenting for years the disappearing Nonnewaug Stone Fish Weir, miles and miles of stonework under power lines being ground up for road beds, stones popping out of retaining walls at the family home, and now a simple tree fall that knocked apart a formerly very beautiful “Stone Prayer” on a hillside somewhere close to the Madison/Killingworth town line.

    In a recent Face Book post, Karen Lucibello Daigle recorded a bit of video, perhaps in late winter or early spring, of some tree damage to this Káhtôquwuk or Stone Prayer that I took a look at once back in 2016:

Captures from Karen’s video, cobbled into an image:

Some more images of mine from 2016:
(Note the Manitou Stone above, the "Healing Diamond" below.)

A couple other images in my most recent "K-WORTH 2022" folder:


pwax said...

Is it likely the beautiful "biscuits" have remained in perfect condition for 2,500 years? Not at all.

Something is going on here, that we need to account for.

Norman said...

Platform B at the Oley Hills site was OSL tested last year, and found to have been built around 500 AD.
The photo of the large cairn on the boulder is not Platform B, but probably the backside of Platform Cairn B at the same site.

Tim MacSweeney said...

Thank you for that correction Norman!