Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Spiritual Landscape

One of my goals in creating this blog was to connect people that share an appreciation of the land we live on. I have been pleased with the response from readers. One of the people that I have meet is Madis Senner. Madis is interested in connecting spiritually with the land. He has created a web page that outlines his beliefs and included his interpretation of the Clark Gully and Bare Hill sites. Please visit his web site.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Blog

My new friend Kathy shares my interest in native stone structures. She lives East of of my neck of the woods (whatever that means). She is researching the stone structures in the Afton area. There seems to be a lot of well preserved cairns in this area. Please visit her blog and check out the pictures and information that she has posted.

Platform Cairn

There seem to be four basic types of stone piles in this area. This video documents one particular type. It is a round platform cairn. They are usually between 15 and 30 feet in diameter. They are often found on hillsides facing the sun. In the video I say that they are stacked better on top. What I should have said was that the up hill side of the cairn is usually well stacked and taller than the downhill side of the cairn. Maybe gravity causes this effect or maybe they were built this way to maximize sun exposure.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Old Fort on Bare Hill

I was surfing the web and came across an old article by David Robinson. He was the person that really enlighten me to the fact that these stone structures were still lying quitely thought the woods of Western New York. This article outlines his views on the people that lived in this area so long ago.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Two Faced Stone

I thought this was interesting.

It looks like a lot of the carvings that I have seen associated with the mound building cultures.

The idea of a two faced stone reminded me of this stone found near the end of my driveway a few years ago.

I feel the need to point out that I am not suggesting this image is prehistoric. Whoever made it created a fascinating image and left it in a spot that has been documented as a native burial site.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

And more from the Masonville Afton area

Norman and Kathy have both sent in more interesting pictures from this area. When I see pictures of clusters of piles that don't follow a property line, road or trail I can't help but think they could only have a ceremonial purpose.