Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Stone Rows of South and North Watuppa

While kayaking Sunday afternoon on South Watuppa Pond, I noticed  this large boulder with a distinct turtle shape.  The turtle even seems to have an eye and a short stone row leading to shore.
 Here is the side view.  Like the turtle boulder in the 6/27/2012 post, this one faces north.
 Nearby is a  pile of stacked rocks.
This small site is on the west shore, at the edge of  property owned by Notre Dame Cemetery.
Further south along the west shore is another stone row. In the background is the beach at the East End Sportsmen's Club.
This complex  includes a row along the shore.
Satellite imagery shows that these are the boundaries of a shallow area, possibly an old camp site.

Similar stone rows are also visible in satellite imagery of North Watuppa Pond.  Since this is the Fall River water supply, it is off limits for boating and  hiking.

These are on the east shore of North Watuppa Pond. They show up in the background of a  photo on the Pocasset Wampanoag website tribal lands section here.   The third photo is definitely North Watuppa Pond, since Mount Trashmore (the BFI landfill)  is visible in the distance. The fourth photo is the view to the south.
     North Watuppa Pond  is nearly surrounded by submerged stone rows, most of them parallel to the current shoreline.  Some of these may have been formed by farmers clearing fields  before the water level was raised in 1826. However, features such as effigies, propped boulders, and manitous incorporated into some of the walls in South Watuppa Pond suggest they were constructed by Indians. I have examined plenty of satellite imagery  to find stone rows in other  lakes in RI and MA, but these are the only distinct ones.  The lighting conditions and water depth have to be favorable for a clear image.  Also, many ponds and lakes are man-made, or have been raised by damming or deforestation since the time of the Indians, and would have no visible stone rows.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, where do you launch your kayak into the northwattupa ponds?