Thursday, January 18, 2007

A Wall of No Great Importance

I guess these road realignment plans aren't going to happen, but I'll post this up anyway.

I don't think their preservation had much to do with me trying to get them recognised as to what they could possibly be - "rows that functioned as firebreaks for controlled burning, were perhaps hunting devices, and had a spiritual purpose as well..."

"A letter from the CT State Historic Preservation Office...stated that the wall is considered to be of no great importance, but I strongly disagree with that. The possibility exists that this row of stones may not be of Colonial or Historic origin but could rather be prehistoric in origin, built by Native Americans as part of a land management scheme that depicts a higher degree of civilization than is accepted by most archaeologists and anthropologists.
There are actually two adjoining stone rows in question. One is a linear row that joins a zigzag stone row, a row atypical of the incidental construction of zigzag row that results from stones being thrown up against a wooden “snake fence” that has long since deteriorated, as in described in books about stone walls by Eric Sloane and others..."
These are the sections of zigzag stone rows that might have been buried - or removed and sold- without a serious study; they aren't the greatest of photographs, but I think I captured a little of the zigzag nature of them, as well as some testudinate forms that lead me to believe they are Native American constructions...

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