Stone Row W/ Standing Stones Next To Ledge/ Underground Room
I had covered this site on this blog last September (2014) here- http://www.nativenewenglandstones.blogspot.com/2014/09/serpent-wall-underground-room.html . I had shown this site to one of the MA. NEARA co-ordinators, Walter Van Rogen who plugged in the co-ordinates of this site into NEARA's data records. Other than that, due to the fact that this is an underground room with what I consider to be sensitive features I am not dis-closing its location on this blog.
I wanted to cover the ledge and underground room again, as well as the "tail end" of the stone wall leading away from the ledge. To see the beginning of the wall leading into the ledge/ underground room you will have to follow the link provided above. I noticed that some of the stones in the stone wall at the tail end of the row were Standing Stones that had been knocked over. To get a better look at these stones they were carefully propped back up for the sake of record-keeping. They were propped back up following the trail they had fallen over, so they are shown more or less in their original positions, give or take.
Let's first take another look at the Underground Room/ Ledge again:
Narrow path-way through the ledge. With-out the last few centuries of soil/ tree build-up the entire ledge would be more spectacular:
Here is the wall directly outside the Underground Room, leading away from the ledge. I had a strong feeling that the triangular-shaped stone in the fore-ground was some kind of focal point, and now that I realize there are more Standing Stones here I know I was right:
Two of the stones that had been knocked over:
This notched-out stone is clearly a "head-and shoulders" Manitou-stone, also referred to by researchers as a god-stone. This stone shape is found through-out North America, even through-out the ancient world in various cultures, even as far away as Taiwan (as Mavor and Dix point out on pg. 333 of "Manitou"). The shape obviously is very symbolic:
This is a more obelisk-like Standing Stone, with a well-defined base and a well-defined tip with a side-ways notch by the tip:
Panning out to show off the stone wall running along the ledge, away from the underground room:
More Standing Stones in the stone row:
This Standing Stone also has a side-ways notch in it by the base of the tip:
A smaller Standing Stone:
Fungi (natural medicine) growing on a nearby birch-tree in a swamp:
The row of Standing Stones is sort of similar to the row of Standing Stones found at the more popular Gungywamp site in Groton, CT. I will say that the site featured in this post is in Massachusetts. When viewed as a whole, the Standing Stones from the site covered in this post have a crescent-shaped curve just like the row of Standing Stones found at Gungywamp. This is perhaps a significant feature at "ceremonial" sites. Researchers Mary and James Gage go into the symbolism of the crescent-shape at their website here- http://www.stonestructures.org/html/symbolism.html#Shapes
Just goes to show, one site can have a huge depth of research. And these are just from my observations alone.