Friday, October 17, 2014

Reading Lesson 2

In the photo above you can see the large stones of a retaining wall I had always thought of as being a colonial construction, made up of stones taken from the zigzag rows of stones that borders this edge of the old Indian Trail that became my road. Up until the 1930's when a tractor shed was built, the new stones connected to zigzag rows at both ends. They show all the signs of metal stone working tools being used to build the wall...
Here's another stone construction in Washington CT that I had previously dismissed as typical of post contact stone fences numerous times. Had I paid more attention - and noticed a bit of what looks to be a lower and perhaps serpentine row of stones (or two). In the past, I may not have recognized all the patterns and effigies etc in this row of stones. Here's a Flickr Photo album that contains a few photos of this fence:
 My intuition tells me it is an Indigenous post contact construction that manages to connect to the older stonework at a bedrock outcrop, but I don't really know for sure. 
Note that the face of both constructions slope back at the same angle and remember that both may possibly connect to older pre contact Indigenous Stonework... 

I took the photo below at the site above because of the diagonal striations on a rhomboidal stone, remembering my friend Peter also finds those diagonals occurring as a pattern occasionally on stones:
The next day, about to get out of my car, I glanced over at the retaining wall where I noticed there was a very similarly striated rhomboidal stone incorporated into the wall:

I noticed another sort of pattern of stacking some rather flat similarly colored stones occurs in both, a sort of side view of a possible effigy:
Maybe it does say something like "We (a rhomboid on wampum belts often signifies a band or a nation or a Central Fire) are still here" and maybe still connected to the stonework of the past...
I'm going to say it points to Indigenous People continuing a tradition, whether the newcomers saw and understood it or not. There was a Village nearby at my house around the first few decades of 1700 and I now suspect members of the Nonnewaug band built that retaining wall. The other one in Washington, I'm guessing might be much later, but if it's possible that to date that stone fence and track down the builders, I strongly suspect that they are of Indigenous ancestry.
Above: to the right of top of rhomboidal stone, possibly two forelegs and a head.
Below: another?

Above: retaining wall Woodbury
Below: Capstone Washington

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reading Lesson

Two similar segments of possible Post Contact Indigenous Sacred Ceremonial Stonework that both say, "We are still here."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Medicine Bowlder (and more)?

Possible "Medicine Bowlder" at the proposed "Ashford Woods" Development.

A person harvesting something here sometime in the past, teaching how to  do so respectfully, may have perhaps made a tobacco offering, left smouldering in a shell placed in the depression in that boulder - or used it to start a renewal fire between the rows of stones that borders the old Indian Trail where another row borders a little brook while yet another forms another border...

But back to the stones beside the old Indian Trail to Mattatuck, now the road to Waterbury,
inside those survey flags...
A few steps away from that "Bowlder," another low boulder has a much smoother depression on its surface as well, while the taller dome of the boulder beside it ...
...may have been "worked" to better recall the nuchal area 
around a turtle's head...
Those stones beside the boulder - a quartzite head stone,
maybe a foreleg with two distinct toes? 
I can imagine that quite easily:  
Kinda like this one:

Sort of similar to this one:

Monday, October 06, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

More Old Baird Zigzags

          I'd been to this spot once before:old baird road rock pile - where chestnut rails sit on stone zigzags still. I found some more south of there, some almost invisible under ferns...

...but that one way up above travelled across another outcrop, the next to the north...
...and at one spot there were additional rows beside the zigzag...