Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Almost the middle of almost nowhere

A large stone mound along the side of a ridge:
 Another view:
That's laid up rock. But almost gone.
I wasn't sure why bother with a photo like this, looking down from the top:
I see now that it shows a 'notch' of some sort. 

Northernmost Gardner MA, west of the road and east of Wilder Bk.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Brown Rd Harvard

You can see things from the car. We spotted a new site in an area I already explored.
So we saw:
 and thought it looked a bit rectangular with a bit of a hollow or two.
From the side:
A few other piles in there:

Nice to get to show these to a son.

Down stream from "Above the Falls"

A place I have managed to keep secret because it is special to me and delicate. Went with my son and saw a couple new things a little downstream from the main site.

A collapsed "niche" perhaps? We saw no sign of fire on the inside.

Lessons in Forest Forensics

    “Tom Wessels... is the author of Reading the Forested Landscape, a guide to discerning the history of virtually any piece of wooded land, and on Saturday afternoon (in 2013), he led a group of interested folks through the forested landscape of the Hennig Preserve up in the Town of Providence at the western edge of Saratoga County...
      Near the end of our walk on Saturday, we came across several piles of rocks in the woods that by Wessel's own admission didn't conform to any of the theories he had posited.  But that's okay.  I like to think that some mysteries remain that have yet to be explained.”  

    More Rock Pile and Stonewall Images:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ceremonial Stonework - new book

Jeff in RI writes:
A new book published by Mark Starr, Ceremonial Stonework I'm sure would be of interest to the readers of your blog.

Typical view of several square miles in Western Ashbrunham

That's a lot of undisturbed woods. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

coming up

I vegetated over Thanksgiving. Got out with my son, though:
And showed him some of my favorite things.
Perhaps a view from another direction would be helpful:

Short spurs of stone wall at Half Moon Meadow - Boxboro

Off Sargent Rd in Boxboro you can see the rock piles from the road at Half Moon Meadow conservation land. We saw some piles (see here) and some short stretches of wall. Thought I would pass these along:
These were on top of the last rock there, which...yeah...I guess it looks like something.
Whether that is a "head" or just a resting place for colorful rocks, I don't know.

A fieldtrip in Boxboro

David Alling showed me some sites he found in Boxborough. He is lucky to have rock piles in his own backyard:
From the remaining vertical facing and from a general impression that these piles all were slanted in the same way, I get the sense of a calenderical function. Also, other things:
 and a hint:
We also saw some piles over by the railroad, that did not photo too well. I had explored in there before but Dave found some things I missed right next to the brook.
Boxboro is a town that "never disappoints". We passed a conservation land, with rock piles you could see from the road. Off Sargent Rd at "Half Moon Meadow":
Looking at it: it seems to be a pathway leading up to the outcrop, and then along it. Thanks David.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

How the archaeological review behind the Dakota Access Pipeline went wrong

by Chip Colwell
November 20, 2016 8.21pm EST

“This summer, Tim Mentz Sr. took to YouTube to tell the world about the destruction of his cultural heritage. A former tribal historic preservation officer of the Standing Rock Sioux, Mentz wore a baseball cap, rimless glasses and two thin braids of graying hair. He was upset and spoke rapidly about the area behind him, an expanse of the Great Plains cut by a new 150-foot-wide road.
Two days before, Mentz had testified to the D.C. District Court to report the area that lay in the path of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) corridor holds 82 cultural features and 27 graves. By the next day, DAPL construction workers graded the area. Behind where Mentz stood in the video was a place known as the Strong Heart Society Staff, where a sacred rattle or staff was placed within stone rings. Here members of the elite warrior society would come to make pledges. Mentz explained the site is tangible evidence that Strong Heart members followed a “spiritual path...
Zuni elders Octavius Seowtewa and John Bowannie, and archaeologist Sarah Herr, look at a shrine archaeologists misidentified. (Chip Colwell photo)
On another project I conducted with the Zuni tribe, I watched as elders explained to the archaeologists excavating a site in the path of a new Arizona highway that they had placed a survey flag in a semicircle of rocks – which was likely a shrine used to bless and protect the ancient village. When it comes to traditional practices, Native Americans see what archaeologists overlook...”