Saturday, January 18, 2014

Wetness of Wetlands Disputed (Yet a little more about the 7 Stone Heaps)

I read about the proposed land use of the section of land mentioned in my recent posts
"7 Rock Piles"
"More on the 7 Stone Heaps" 
 and "Bear With Me"

I wrote that "I walked up from some trails and rocky wetlands and first saw the stone row" and also wanted to add a photo of  a spot where water was actively coming out of the ground that day, where some dead fall branches cover stones that may possibly be a stone worked spring:
I wonder at the accuracy of the newspaper's map. I'm not a surveyor (or a surveyor's son), but that wedge of green that represents Ashford Woods subdivision looks smaller than 9 acres to me. I sincerely hope the 7 Stone Mounds and the remnants of the enclosing stone row won't be impacted. There's really no way to know that these stone mounds are not Native American graves.
The mounds aren't on state land but could possibly be deemed a Sacred Site by the Native American Heritage Advisory Council so it's worth citing a Connecticut Law here:
Sec. 10-390. Penalty. (a) No person shall excavate, damage or otherwise alter or deface any archaeological or sacred site on state lands or within a state archaeological preserve unless such activity is in accordance with the terms and conditions of a permit issued under section 10-386 or in the case of an emergency.
(b) No person shall sell, exchange, transport, receive or offer to sell, any archaeological artifact or human remains collected, excavated or otherwise removed from state lands or a state archaeological preserve in violation of subsection (a) of this section.
(c) No person shall engage in any activity that will desecrate, disturb or alter any Native American burial, sacred site or cemetery, including any associated objects, unless the activity is engaged in pursuant to a permit issued under section 10-386 or under the direction of the State Archaeologist.
(d) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars or twice the value of the site or artifact that was the subject of the violation, whichever is greater, and imprisoned not more than five years or both.
(e) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be liable to the state for the reasonable costs and expenses of the state in restoring the site and any associated sacred objects or archaeological artifacts.
(P.A. 89-368, S. 12.)
Sec. 10-391. Inventory of Native American burial sites and cemeteries. On or before January 1, 1991, the Department of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with the State Archaeologist, the Native American Heritage Advisory Council established under section 10-382 and the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, shall develop procedures to inventory Native American burial sites and cemeteries. Such procedures shall provide for the availability of the inventory to state agencies, departments and institutions.

Here's the article:

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