Tuesday, January 10, 2017

NEW ENGLAND MEGALITHS; BIG CREEPY ROCKS IN THE WOODS

     My longtime friend (I don’t call anyone an “old friend” anymore) made me aware of a website I hadn’t taken notice of yet, and I wince at some of what I found there when I clicked on the link and took a look at some “big creepy rocks in the woods.”

     It was very disturbing to come across this: "These are not pictured here, but many burial mounds (I believe) litter the base of the mountain. I have dug a bit into one of these, which was made of small stones and earth, and found a very strange piece which is explored in the next post."
   I can’t find those sentences on the page now, although there is still a photo of the author which will also probably soon disappear on the page (digging at night):
     Another friend writes (and brings up some good points with his comment):
   “Some good pictures on this site. Although, yes, some disturbing things. The header under the blog title reads "Creepy Big Rocks in the Woods." I don't know about "creepy." More like "sacred." Also, he states that American Indian culture is not responsible, that Native people themselves told the colonists that an "older" race built these megaliths. Sorry, but that just isn't true. As Jim Porter points out there is enough evidence once you find the research that points to the mound building/ stone building tradition of Native people in this region. Also, for Native people to tell a colonist that "we didn't build this, it was the old ones" is like being in New York City 200 years in the future from now and asking a New Yorker in the future who built the Empire State building. "It wasn't us," they would say, "the ones that came before us built that." To put that in perspective.
     I think the author of the blog is open minded, probably a nice guy and has the bug to investigate these sites, which is healthy, but lacks the understanding of some sensibilities from a Native perspective. For instance he would rather listen to the English researcher Hugh Newman (who I must admit has some good material out with his Megalithomania project- well let's just say the good, the bad and the ugly) instead of finding research that points to more local sources of research, or perhaps he just doesn't know where else to find info. My 2 cents.”
     I only hope that the blog author has learned to immediately cease this digging business. I understand the frustration involved with the recognition of Indigenous features of a Ceremonial Stone Landscape, especially in what is now called New England, as well as a lack of information from an easily accessible reliable on-line source (where pseudoscience dominates and drives a lucrative market P.T. Barnum would be envious of). The federal government acknowledges them and protects them to a degree (although who knows what may happen after the Inauguration), yet the state governments still do not.
   The point is “You cannot un-dig a site any more than you can un-bulldoze a site,” regardless whether you are a well-meaning amateur archaeologist or an oil company employee “just following orders.”
    And you need to be aware about Federal Laws and State Laws before you begin some unauthorized night-time dig in New Hampshire or some Labor Day weekend bulldozing in North Dakota...
   I wondered about New Hampshire Laws and found this:
“How is the excavation of archaeological resources restricted in this state (of NH)?”
Section 155-E:2 Permit Required
A permit is required for any excavation of earth. Such a permit may be waived if the excavation is part of an earlier excavation or if the excavation relates to public highways.
Division of Historical Resources
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources issues permits for archaeological projects on state lands or under state waters. It also oversees the treatment of unmarked human burials discovered during land-altering activities.
Section 227-C:7 Permits Issued for State Lands and Waters
The state, acting through the commissioner of the department of cultural resources, reserves to itself the exclusive right and privilege to conduct, or cause to be conducted, field investigations of historic resources that involve the alteration of the surface or subsurface of the resource and removal of any surface or subsurface objects." 
   I could find the Vermont laws and regulations, https://www.wcl.american.edu/burial/vt.cfm, but nothing for any of the other New England states at this site...

     

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