Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Detail in "A Wall of No Great Importance"

Here’s an “Abandoned Stone Wall” - "More affectionately known as (a)"wild wall(s)," this type is usually fairly old; farmstead walls that have since tumbled and become unkempt. Very few of these (especially the oddest-shaped constructions) may be pre-European in age. Regardless of their original origin, all have since become ruins,” according to Robert Thorson, who actually admits in the description that such rows may be pre-historic. It was deemed a “Wall of No Great Importance” by the CT State Preservation Officer back around 2005 when a road realignment threatened to (and did) destroy  a great deal of pre-historic zigzag stone row along a former Indian Trail that has become a road, the road I live on. See: http://wakinguponturtleisland.blogspot.com/2007/01/wall-of-no-great-importance.html http://wakinguponturtleisland.blogspot.com/2009/09/assorted-snakesend-stones.html
I maintained that the stone (perched on top of the “point” of this section of zigzag above) was a turtle stone back then when I was trying to get the archeological community to take a closer look at the row. I wish I had noticed this particular stone back then and had the concept of a Humanly Worked Single Stone Turtle in my “glossary.” It has since become a familiar shape, even in places I haven't been: http://wakinguponturtleisland.blogspot.com/2010/10/leominster-familiar-shape.html

It doesn’t look like much at first, a stone broken and eroded where it points outward from the row:

But seen just right, it resembles many other Single Stone Turtles, the testudinate carapace shape of the stone, with some chipping done at the wider end, to create the head of a turtle and the suggestion of the opening in the shell as well:

Above looking NW, below looking SE. The darker colored shaggy barked tree is very close to the stone; in the distance is the former Indian Field of the "Wigwams," the stone Fishweir aproximately in the center of the photo.


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