Saturday, May 16, 2015

Remnants of A Sacred Hillside In Bellingham, MA.

Remnants of A Sacred Hillside In Bellingham, MA.

Finding stone-works in Bellingham MA. isn't easy.  It seems to be one of those towns that has been very developed even with a few industrialized power plants and things like that.

This site was found behind a church that is off the street from a main route that runs through Bellingham.  The site, along a hillside, is wedged from between behind the church, a relatively new housing development and power-lines.  The hillside can be accsessed from the church parking lot and there are trails back in the woods.

One of the more relevant stone features from this Bellingham site is a face carved in stone.  Joanne Hulbert, the Holliston (MA.) historian, a stone-throw away from Bellingham, has pictures of similar stone faces that can be found in the Holliston woods.  These pictures Joanne took from Holliston are posted up on Peter Waksman's legendary blog 'Rock Piles'.  The link to those pics is here-
The second picture in that post is from a site I covered on this blog, although I failed to notice the stone face; the light needs to hit this stone in a certain way for the feature to be perceived.  It is from a propped boulder site I visited here-  

Here is the first and most obvious stone face from the Bellingham hill-side site.  Angle A-

Here is a link to an article about the affects of acid rain on statues and buildings-  What people should realize is that even without modern environmental problems the soil and rain in the New England region is slightly more acidic than most other regions found through-out the world.  This presents to us 2 important points to make- 1) some of the stone features such as stone faces and inscriptions will be obscured to us and no longer visible because of acid rain/ high acidity. 2) This stone face still looks well-defined.  Native people haved lived here many thousands of years, certainly they knew all about the land they lived on- a famous example is how they taught some of the early pioneer settlers (pilgrims) to plant correctly in accordance with the acidic soil with fish guts, etc.  Maybe they were aware that building monuments in stone could be ruined by the environment, therefore they kept it simple, yet built to last, as we see from these pictures.  If this is the case it is indicative of a superior level of intlellect.  The only thing ruining these sites in some cases is the fact that the lands have been usurped from Native hands and pre-colonial Native American land stewardship, such as annual burnings, are no longer being practised for many centuries.  Modern people, even environmentalists, still do not practice proper land stewardship the way Native people did.

Angle B of Stone Face-   

Angle C-

Angle D-

Cairn 1, View A-


Cairn/ stone arrangment 2.  There were more cairns but were low to ground/ hard to see and didn't come out in pics too well.  There was also a hard to see stone row of boulders.

View of the hillside-

Boulder placement on a ledge.  Looked bird-like to me, or perhaps anthropamorphized.  Profile/ beak looking skywards with a side-view of the wings- A-


Unusually-shaped boulder, notched out to a point, with a solar alignment-

Another unusually-shaped boulder, altar-like or table-like:

Stone arrangement-

Another unusual boulder arrangement.  View A-

View B.  This close-up reveals another stone face.  It looks identical to the stone faces Joanne Hulbert took pics of in Holliston (see the link at the top of this post).-

View C- The middle boulder seems possibly worked-out with a flat top, with the other boulder placed up by it's side with a stone wedge linking the 2 boulders-

What looks like another statue-like stone face with well defined hair or head dress, nose, chin-

A boulder with stone pecking marks on it, view A- 



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