Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Small "Cave"/ Rock Shelter W/ Structural Stone Stacking Enhancements

Small "Cave"/ Rock Shelter W/ Structural Stone Stacking Enhancements

This site is located in the middle of a Cairn Field.  There is a small cave entrance with a couple of stacked stones on the top of the structure to enhance the roof of the structure.  I do not know if the "cave" itself was created by splitting the boulder out or if this is a natural feature that was modified with stone stacking for the roof enhancement and rock piles outside the structure.  The roof enhancement and rock piles around the structure, as well as the broader cairn field in general, which we will look at in the next post, clearly indicate the spot was used by people and is obviously a feature of the Ceremonial Stone Landscape of the area.  This appears to be pretty significant and would probably be an excellent spot for further research by qualified people.  Let's have a look:

The top two stones above the entrance are what I mean by "roof enhancement."  Obviously placed there as a structural element:

Stepping back to show the surroundings of the structure:

The large stone cairn in the for-ground, outside the cave entrance:

Another view of the stone cairn outside the entrance:

Boulder & Stone Cairn outside entrance:

The side of the boulder that the cave is worked into.  Looks like a nice rock shelter spot:

One more view.  The cave is built (or located) into the side of the slope... in this way this "Unique Structure" resembles a Stone Chamber, and may have been used for a similar purpose (assuming one acknowledges that Stone Chambers and similar structures such as this fit into the cosmology of First Nations' Ceremonial Stone Landscapes.):

A neighboring boulder near the cave with a hollow in the middle.  Boulders such as this reminds me of one of the scenes from the movie "Last of the Mohicans" (1990's film version) where the Sachem was sitting against/ on top of a boulder in the Native Village:

Again, we see the structural element of a Rock Pile at the foot of this uniquely shaped boulder:

More from this cairn field in the following posts.

1 comment:

  1. Hey man. Great work. Which woodland was this in?