Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hopkinton CT

"Further indication of Bear Hill's significance for the Indians who once lived in this area, the Hopkinton Historic Commission records "Just to the west of the cemetery, a cone-shaped depression ca. thirty feet across remains at the site of an early native American village. The depression is said to have been lined with bark, and used as a corn storage pit."



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A hollow lined with bark to store corn.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wild Turkey Facing West

This  Wild Turkey shaped "perched" rock differs from a lot of other boulders dropped by the last glacier because of it's "perched" demeanor, and that it isn't buried as deeply in woodland debris.
About  3 feet tall, it stands on a large flat bolder, similar to the one in the right background.  If someone were to dislodge the several flat rocks propped against the downhill side,  it could easily be rolled  on down the hill.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Eagle Rock

Eagle head facing left, 9 o'clock, with outspread wings......carved out of top of ledge overlooking a large vein of Quartz.

This is within close proximity to two other rock carvings. Go to  THIS EARLIER POST and scroll down to the bottom two photos.



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pisgah Rock Piles


Forty years ago we bought a 10 acre wood lot about 1 mile from our house. Turns out, we never  used it, and the last time I walked there was 25 years ago. The old Hemlocks need harvesting, sadly due to Wooly Algae infestation. Today, camera in hand, we took a walk.  There are two old stone walls bordering about  2 acres  closest to the road, used as pasture over 100 years ago. Further back in the woods, however, were some interesting Rock Piles. Given that this property is located close to other sites with Native American features,   the rock piles deserve closer examination.  


A walk in the woods. 

The neighbor's Hemlock grove being managed.


Quartz in the middle of a rock pile at the base of a huge oak tree.

Large shaped stone on top of a larger flat rock striped with quartz. On the far side a triangular shaped quartz rock is tucked underneath. 

Smooth bolder with a carefully placed necklace of smaller stones along  the west side.  These stones are too small to bother with in terms of field clearing. 

Large flat stone with a circle of mid sized stone; one is quartz and faces the south west sun. 

Large stone with mid sized rocks placed around. 

Turtle Rock with rocks; one triangular shaped quartz rock facing south west.  
A very large folder with two mid sized rocks tucked close together. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April After the Snow Melted

With the snow melted  I could see, weaving through the woods  the remnants of an old foot path heading towards a brook which flows into the south end of The Lake. I followed it a short way and it led to an old Bent Trail Tree, which was pointing  in a 90 degree angle to the path itself. Following the direction of the tree, I came a large Rock Pile.
Bent Trail Tree
Pointing to the South West
Nose of the tree has a smooth round stone embedded inside. 
Rock  Pile: Notice at the 2 o'clock position, the two  upright stones. Flat stones are layered in a mounded pattern  through the center towards 5 o'clock. The entire area is over 10 feet in length by 15 feet in width.
The stones closest to the two standing stones are lain flat; at the near side many are placed on edge, leaning into one another.  At about 6 o'clock, there are gaps to be seen, where some of the rocks have slipped away. 
Thong Marks




View of the Brook from the Top of the Stone Pile


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Finally, I’d say that while many stone features have been destroyed, there are still thousands left. They are hiding in our back yards, in our state forests, along our waterways—everywhere in plain sight. Help others realize why they should be respectful of these when they find them, help them imagine what it might mean to have a religiously-important structure (e.g. something built to honor someone in your family) technically belong to someone else, or be at risk from vandals, pot-hunters, and developers. These stone structures are examples of how humans found a way to interact respectfully and in a mutually-beneficial way with nature. They are NaturalCultural nodes, blueprints for how we will need to think in the future if we are to survive and allow our natural world survive. They are important beyond the specific, and they should give us hope."

 Lisa McLoughlin: Nolumbeka. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Large Rock Pile with Quartz

Large rock pile with quartz on top, in center , located in a deeply wooded area. 
Side view of the quartz rock. The base of this pile is a large boulder, which has been covered by at least 20 rocks. Leaves and forest debris have filled in between so it is difficult to recognize.