Sunday, February 4, 2007

Rock Piles

We've heard from Peter Waksman, whose work was mentioned in a December posting, gravity is the source of lightness. He and his colleagues have created the Rock Piles site to document the many rock piles found throughout New England. Stone walls are just part of it. Many arrangements of rock suggest other purposes. Like Judaculla Rock and other pictographs and petroglyphs found in these mountains, their meaning is elusive.

The thousands of miles of stone walls from early American days tell quite a story. Dry-stone walls are historical artifacts from farming the rocky soils of the Eastern US. In Tennessee, preservationists recognize their significance, but are limited in preventing their destruction. Stone constructions, like those in New England or like Georgia's Fort Mountain are lingering mysteries.

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