Tuesday, July 05, 2016

testable observations

     The explanation for the occurrence of some specified group of phenomena, “New England Stone Walls,” is based on the assumption that the vast majority were built after European Contact in the 1600’s. My working hypothesis is that careful observation of the stones chosen and the way in which they are stacked reflect elements of Indian Art or Iconography and are far older constructions, Stone Features of an Indigenous Cultural Landscape.
      The testable observations include instances of stone stacking to resemble a snake (or Great Serpent) or a turtle...

Capstone turtles?

    Stacking to mimic eyes?
Update: And looking again at the three above, I think about some multiple images/multiple perspectives that might explain why the "bad run" - the stacking of a bunch of similarly shaped and sized stones right on top of each other in stonework or brickwork - occurs in this supposed Estate Wall. Seen from a certain angle, the stones might remind a person of a coiled snake:
(The untouched photo:)

  And (yes indeed,) there is so much more...

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