Monday, April 27, 2015

Sherborn MA. Sites Pt 3- Standing Stones Pt B, Propped Boulder Arrangement, Stone Idol On Altar In Wall

Sherborn MA. Sites Pt 3- Standing Stones Pt B, Propped Boulder Arrangement, Stone Idol On Altar In Wall

There is alot of neat stoneworks to be seen at this site.  Aside from the Standing Stones, some of the features (such as altar stones with idols on them) in this post I will be getting into don't seem to be as researched, addressed or even acknowledged as other features researched such as chambers, cairns, etc. 

One of the more beautiful Standing Stones I have seen in this area located on what was once a sacred hillside to Native people.  To the un-trained eye most people might assume this erected stone to be colonial in origin, without looking too carefully or a proper knowledge base.  As we will see, this is part of an entire alignment of Standing Stones on this sacred hillside.  This stone was worked out using stone tools.  Standing Stone 1; View A- 

View B-

View C, featuring a notch mark made by stone tools-

Below is the stone row running the length of the hillside that the Standing Stones are aligned with.  Below the hill is a flat plain and a pond, no doubt settled by Native people for thousands of years.  For more "conventional" style artifacts the Sherborn Historical Society, like all the towns in this area, have an assortment of stone tools and projectile points found in this town.  The stone row-

Standing Stone 2 (propped boulder) in alignment with the Stone Row and Standing Stone 1-

Standing Stone 3, also in alignment with the stone row.  Nice notching on this one-

View B of Standing Stone 3-

Standing Stone 4, also aligned to the stone row-

The stone row turns into a native-style stone wall capping the plateau of the hillside.  This is a pyramidal terracing technique the ancients built up around the hill.  Such examples are expansive in design and are found all over the region.  Here we can see Standing Stone #5 of this site-

Propped boulder arrangement consisting of 3 boulders, with a sun-set alignment to the horizon.  The bottom stone seems to be a large stone slab, perhaps a "seat"-  View A- 

View B.  The top right stone is a reptillian/ serpent-like profile, with a well-defined eye lid-

View C.  The top left stone is a large bird effigy looking skywards, propped up over the stone slab.  This larger boulder takes on the same shape, dimensions and workmanship of smaller bird effigies/ idols/ fetishes that are hand-sized, which are acknowledged by archaelogists in their finds.  The fact that these larger stone-works are yet to be acknowledged for what they truely are is amazing-

Built into the stone row which turns into a stone wall is this stone altar slab.  As you can see, a stone idol still perches upon this slab of stone, perhaps a bird or a snake.  Also under the stone altar slab is the idol of a small bird head (bottom left corner of altar)- notice the beak and the eye hole drilled out by stone toolmanship.  View A-

View B (the stone idol almost looks like a cobra from this angle.)-

Another interesting feature of the stone wall, before it naturally dips downwards.  There appears to be a serpent's head stacked on top of the base stone (left of pic), with an elongated anthropamorphized stone on top of the serpent's head-

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