Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sherborn Sites Pt 4- Large Mounds Along Watershed of Brook

Sherborn Sites Pt 4- Large Mounds Along Watershed of Brook

I have featured similar mounds before from nearby towns.  The fact is, mound building was a large part of the NorthEastern culture going back many of thousands of years and as far as scholars can tell some of the NorthEastern Mounds pre-date the great, more famous Mound-building culture of the Ohio Valley/ Mid-West/ Mississippi basin.  Yet generally speaking these sites have gone pretty much ignored and un-documented, receiving little to no attention from most scholars.  

These larger mounds, which I have featured examples of before are a mix of Earth and Stone, although previously I mistakenly referred to them simply as "Earthen" (they reminded me so much of earthen mid-western counterparts).  These mounds seem to be a surprisingly common feature alongside brooks in this region.  How many people marvel at the mid-western mounds yet these north-eastern counter-parts (and perhaps proto-types in some instances) have been over-looked.

Classic pic of what I am describing.  As is the case with this larger, inter-connected site, related to the previous posts, these large mounds usually appear in clusters.  Large mound in the distance, a man-made feature-

This mound had the ambiance of a Cahokian pyramidal mound platform.  View A-

View B-

View C-

View D-

Two mounds clustered together.  The smaller mound in the foreground has a circular depression/ hollow in the middle.  View A-

View B-

View C-

More mounds in back of the ones from the last pic-

Smaller mound running along length of the larger mound-

Barely noticable mounds to the untrained eye-

Along the edge of water-

Skunk cabbage is starting to come up.  A small part of the skunk cabbage root can be steeped in boiling water and can be used as a natural diabetes treatment, taking 3 small tablespoons daily for 4 to 5 months.  See the book "MicMac Medicines- Remedies and Recollections" by Laurie Lacey for more info on natural herbal plants and their uses found indigenous to the NorthEast region.  A large mound along the banks of the brook-    

All of these mounds were part of the same area of a larger site.  

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