Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tim MacSweeney's "Waking Up On Turtle Island" Blog & Pre-colonial Stone-Wall Insight

Tim MacSweeney's "Waking Up On Turtle Island" Blog & Pre-colonial Stone-Wall Insight

Tim MacSweeney, another blogger who has been at it for years, has a lot of information about pre-colonial stone wall statistics and data on his site.  He was also very encouraging when I started my own blog, so thanks for the support in this endeavor.  

The link to his blog is here:

Some noteworthy links on his blog as of late (pertaining to stone walls, etc):

Remember, according to a census from the late 19th century, there are more stone walls in the New England area than can go to the moon or back, or around the circumference of the Earth something like 9 or 10 times.  So, how the heck do colonists accomplish this feat in a couple hundred of years, also while several conflicts and wars were happening (Revolutionary War, French and Indian Wars, Pequot War, King Philip's War, War of 1812, Civil War, etc.)  The answer is, they didn't.  Alot of walls which are on bedrock ledges for example, are located on land of no use to the colonists- they would have been good real estate thousands of years ago when the climate was different, however.  Also wood was used for fencing by colonists more than stone, although pre-existing stone walls were (and still are) used as convenient property boundaries.  There is a pre-colonial indigenous stone wall building tradition that mainstream academia has refused to acknowledge, that goes back undoubtedly thousands of years.  It is documented that the fort the Narragansetts used during the Great Swamp Fight of King Philip's War (1675/76) was fortified with stone walls.  Also this quote here from 1654, a letter from John Pynchon to Governor John Winthrop:

 Sir I heare a report of a stonewall and strong fort in it, made all of Stone, which is newly discovered at or neere Pequot [New London, CT] , I should be glad to know the truth of it fro your selfe, here being many strange reports about it."   

These two examples are documented proof that there was a pre-colonial and even colonial era Native tradition of building in stone in the NorthEast region.  What more proof do people need?  In the above quote we see that colonists were indeed finding these indigenous stone-works sites. 

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