Rock Piles

Some land was recently donated to the town.  This land was used for harvesting trees for many years.  Recently, land developers went through this land with excavators and dug test holes.  They made a mess.  As I walked through this land, I discovered piles of stones.  Soon, I realized that there was a pattern with three straight lines and two right angles.  Two of the lines are almost exactly north-south and the other line is exactly east-west.  At the time that these pictures were taken, the sun was a few degrees from due west.  This tract of land has never been quarried.  This does not look like land clearing piles or boundary lines, but something else that may pre-date European settlement.

The next series of photographs is the first pile.  It seems untouched by forestry, test holes, or time.

On the next photograph, you can see the next pile in the distance.

The next series of pictures is the second pile.  It is damaged, but still clearly a rock pile.

In this picture, the previous pile can be seen.

The forth pile is almost visible in this photograph, just right of center.  The third pile was too badly damaged to be seen from this angle.  The previous pile is at right angle.

This is the next pile.  It is nearly destroyed.  The next two pictures are of this pile.

The following photographs are the next pile.  The previous pile can be seen in the background.  This pile has also been damaged.  It is next to the road made by the excavator.  Notice that the shadow almost lines up with the piles, indicating that it is east-west.

The next photograph is just a small boulder, but in the distance is another pile.  If a line is drawn through the previous three piles, this is the next in the sequence and it forms another right angle with the next line of piles.  Notice that the shadow is at right angles, indicating that this is north-south.

The next two photographs are of the next pile of rocks.  In the distance is another pile.

The next two photographs are a small pile of rocks, but they are in line with the other piles.  Near the bottom of the picture is the small pile.  Near the top is the previous pile.  To the right is pile four.

One of these rocks has a strange shape.

The next two pictures are small rock piles near the large sequence.  I am not sure if they are part of the pattern, or just random.

This view of the rock appears to be just sitting by itself, but the second picture shows other small piles.

The intrusion of loggers, and then the damage done by the developers, probably destroyed other rock piles that might have revealed a larger pattern.  Furthermore, teenagers have built campfires with stones taken from who-knows-where.  If an archeologist reads this page and believes that this may be more than just field clearing, please contact me.  The page Boulders-South was taken less than a hundred feet from one of these piles.