Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Circling the Hilltop

There are still more propped boulders in the hilltop site I showed last week (10/23/2013), and they form  a loose border around the hill.

     Some of the boulders at this site are close to the road and in full sight in the winter.  By now, any Rhode Islander reading this blog knows where this is!
    Waypoint 1918

It looks like some of the side of this boulder was carved off to give it this squarish shape.
Waypoint 1924, an impressive boulder standing on outcrop.

Waypoint 1925, a perched boulder on an outcrop.

Waypoint 2296, the same propped boulder shown last week. 

Waypoint 1865, a large boulder. Stone has been removed from the lower edge of the boulder to the right.

Waypoint 1932, which was  shown previously (11/7/2011,10/24/2012).

This has many stones underneath, which may have been produced by stone being chipped away to produce the propped shape.

Waypoint 1907, a rather  unusual shape suggesting a split boulder.  I didn't include it in the circle because it was probably  produced by quarrying.

     Previous posts on this blog have shown  groups of  quarried  boulders with prominent tool marks  near stone walls (10/31/2012). Sometimes I wonder if propped boulders were also produced by settlers quarrying  rocks for construction purposes.  This is not likely  because the propped boulders are usually single and  not near stone walls.     The occasional propped boulder has what looks like some quarrying or removal of slabs, but most look like they were carved into propped boulders and left as the finished product.  The purpose of carving these boulders, whether to mark villages or ceremonial sites, or  as memorials or art, remains a mystery.
Forget what you learned in grade school about Asians crossing the Bering land bridge to people the Americas. The real story is more complex, as described in this short article from The Scientist, here.

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