Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Comparing 3 Different Sized Standing Stones In Holliston MA.

Comparing Features Of 4 Standing Stones Of 3 Different Sizes In Holliston, MA.

The purpose of this post is to cross-examine the workmanship of 4 different standing stones (one of which is more like a worked out boulder) of 3 different sizes, all located in the town of Holliston, MA.  These stones are all in a 1.5 - 2 mile radius of each other, although one would think the distance was greater if travelling by car (not knowing how to go through the woods to "cut" the distance down.)  Although all four stones are unique, and uniquely situated in comparison to other stone works, the way they were marked-out shows a common feature.  

First up are the 2 larger stones.  

Standing Stone #1.  This first one is a classic "Standing Stone" shape:

Notice from this angle how it has been worked out "around the neck" area:

Okay, I thought I would throw that one in as it is sort of conducive with the point I am trying to get across.  But the next 3 are the prime examples.

Standing Stone #2 (more like a worked out boulder) also of a large size.  The feature I want to show off is that the stone has been worked out towards the top, sort of like how the last one was.  Here you can see the diagonal line/angle and also how the top was worked out:

A close-up of the top of stone;

Okay, now for our medium sized Standing Stone.  This Standing Stone is incorporated into a stone ring by the entrance of the stone mound.  Note how here too, the top of the stone is worked-out with the diagonal line cut/motiff and the top has been worked out:

A close-up.  Do you see how this standing stone resembles in design the last 2 worked out boulders/ standing stones.  There is a pattern here:

And now the last Standing Stone, the smaller size.  Again, the top has been worked out and we see again the diagonal line angle/motiff:

From a different angle:

Obviously, this symbolism meant something.  Indigenous cultures always combine their sciences, spirituality, astrology, and community way of life together into one discipline, unlike modern people who segregate everything because they have been indoctrinated to do so.  This is obviously what we are seeing with these stone structures- there is not just one meaning in a single stone but many reasons for the stones to be the way they are.  Although these stones are uniquely different (not "uniform" or "cookie cutter") they show off the same workmanship and expressive ideas in these 4 different stones of 3 different sizes, from large to short, whether they were close to a perched boulder, part of a design element of a stone mound, standing alone or nearby to a cairn field. 

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