Tuesday, July 14, 2015

More StoneWorks Above A Wetland In the Echo Lake Area, Milford/ Hopkinton MA. Pt 2

More StoneWorks Above A Wetland In the Echo Lake Area, Milford/ Hopkinton MA. Pt 2 

Note- I made an edit to the last post (part 1 of this site) about the remains of a stone wall section that runs into a boulder at a vantage point and how it fortifies this site from the wetland before the terrain drops down into the (what is now today) swamp.

Moving along.  Classic stone-wall (of "unknown" origin) running up to a ledge.  This ain't no colonial or later farmer's wall, that's for sure:

Split stone with fill:

More of the stone-wall, built onto the original bedrock (indicating it's great antiquity):

The stone wall running at the foot of one of the ledges, into a block of stone:

Another block of stone at the foot of a ledge that the stone wall runs through:

A boulder placement that has been notched out like a large standing stone:

A row of three standing stones or stones that are "standing-stone-like."  This reminds me of the Standing Stone rows at the Gungywamp, CT. site here- http://www.nativenewenglandstones.blogspot.com/2015/05/gungywamp-groton-ct-pt-2-row-of.html.  Also as Peter Waksman pointed out in his blog-post about this site which I linked to in part 1, the modern condo developers weren't the first ones messing around and hurting this site- there was modern quarrying around this area that had already "hurt" this site.  It's possible that there could have originally been more standing stones in this row that were taken away/ affected by this development- nearby to these standing stones the stone wall has been broken/smashed apart by such modern quarrying:

Moving down to the section of stone wall directly above the wetland area.  I am excited to see this stone placement in the wall because I have seen this exact type of stacked rock pile in a wall before at least twice, which I have shown here- http://www.nativenewenglandstones.blogspot.com/2015/02/comparing-signature-stone-stacking.html ("Comparing a Signature Stone Stacking Element Incorporated In Native Stone Walls").  What's more, is that all three examples of this stone stack design are all located in the "Greater Echo Lake Area" in stone walls that are a part of the same "grid" or "labyrinth" (or so it would seem like today) but are seperated by a few miles.  The sheer volume and distribution of these stone walls in this area alone is a feat of great engineering skill- it either involved a large work force or was a tradition that was practised for many generations.  A colonial or later farmer could not have done this- analyzing this feature I have noted proves this alone, and it is only scracthing the surface of the evidence to be realized:        

A triangular stone placement, another important shape/ feature associated with these enigmatic stone walls I have noted before:

All of these stones in the wall were quarried with an indigenous method, different from colonial or later people's methods and are like jig-saw pieces:

A bend in the wall.  Farmer's walls aren't known to bend like this for apparantly no reason:

On the other side of the street of the condo complex, maybe a quarter of a mile away is this rock placement.  You can sort of tell by the tree line in the picture that this boulder is higher terrain from what would have been the valley below:

Next post I plan on taking us back to the Echo Lake Chamber.

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