Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cairns & Stonework near Lake Whitehall, Hopkinton MA.

Cairns & Stonework near Lake Whitehall, Hopkinton MA.

This stone-work is from a different location in Hopkinton MA from where my last few posts have been focusing on.  These stoneworks are relatively closeby to the old "Hopkinton Beehive".  I didn't get to do too much exploring in this area though and I plan to come back to this area sometime.  But, here are some things that were off the street in the woods, off a side street near the "Hopkinton Beehive" reconstruction, no doubt associated with the original "beehive" shrine:

A nice cairn.  What do these stones represent?  A constellation?:

Another cairn nearby:

Stone wall running through a ledge:

Low to the ground cairn:

Part of the stone wall as seen from the street.  Notice the bird/ serpent head-stone at the end of the ledge, a classic feature of pre-colonial Native stone-wall building.  In fact now that I think of it I should do a post in the future cross-examining this feature from different locations to show off the pattern (even one of my last posts has this same feature in it as well): 

1 comment:

  1. Early clan systems. Probably the answer to why some of the "head-stones" on these walls are of different animals/ symolism. For instance, the Thunderbird clan may have lived in a particular area(s) and so the stone work such as the headstones on these stonewall ledges look bird-like. Other clans like the Snake or the Bear clan would have put their totems (signs, marks, etc.) on their respective works. This would explain the difference in the variation of animals portraied in the stonework such as the head-stones of these walls.

    Also, if this is the case than the pre-historic population here must have been massively larger than most today realize. We already know (natives, open-minded scholars, etc.) that colonial settlers were dealing with remnant populations of native people, but I think that this point can't be emphasized enough, one really needs to let this point sink in to understand the massive distributions of these stone-works, and pre-colonial native history that is starting to come to light.