Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pics of A Cairn Field Pt 4 of 4

Pics of A Cairn Field Pt 4 of 4

In the lower right, notice how the boulder itself has been notched out in this stone-work/ cairn:

Cairn from the above pic is in the background:

The boulder in back of this cairn looks like the remains of a profile of a turtle/ fish/ snake effigy gazing skywards:

Another cairn/ stone-work stacked up against a boulder.  In ancient times I am sure that the parameter of this cairn field must have been some kind of meandering enclosure: 

Rock-on rock, possible bird effigy (browse my older posts for better examples of such stoneworks):

Back along the trailside- these cairns are either a new addition along the trailside or were played around with in more recent times.  Examples of pre-colonial cairns like this do exist in the region, but are not quite the same:

Note how the front stone is notched out (triangular tip) in this cairn.  Looks like a side-view angle of a bird effigy.  Notice the eye slit.  Could possibly be a dual bird effigy/ sun-dial- for instance this cairn could (and I am just theorizing, although my theories are based from findings of other cairn site functions in the area) symbolize planting or harvesting season (or a number of other functions) when the light of the sun along the hillside hits the tip of the bird effigy, casting a shadow, at a certain time of year:

On the side of the trail again.  It is possible the bottom rock of this cairn was on top of the boulder in ancient times (rock-on rock), with a modern person getting creative with these cairn remains along the trailside:

Stone mound:

Propped boulder, at least to one side, with stacked stones.  Possibly an offering stone in older times.  Possible animal effigy worked into the boulder on the left (bear, bobcat/panther face profile.):

More cairns:


  1. How I hate to see those stones messed with! "...(It) was a surprise to hear from a surveyor of Indigenous descent (Abenaki - like my son Jesse) talk about his life-long experiences of quietly suggesting some alternatives that kept the Stone Features of many kinds from being destroyed. It was no surprise to hear from him several stories about the horrible things that happened to people who messed with those stones, broke the prayers and began suffering from some debilitating chronic disease, yet sometimes driving the disease into remission by simply returning the stones to where they came from." From: http://wakinguponturtleisland.blogspot.com/2014/11/9th-annual-native-american-archeology.html

  2. http://articles.philly.com/2005-05-18/news/25439434_1_icy-road-indian-burial-curse