Sunday, November 29, 2009

Stone Skull - Mountain Road

I have many different angles of this structure taken during every season of the year. And if you ask me, from the chair like structure on the left of the picture to stony stare coming from the head. It all adds up to something unexlainable to me. Though it's subjective as to what one person see's over another. So maybe you see nothing at all.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bent Tree off of Decker

Old bent tree found along the way. Most likely Native American symbolism. It was something they were known for. It's located just off of Decker Avenue where they road turns off to the left (just below Shelter Road). Researching the age of tree's and the rate of decay. This tree could possibly be a couple of hundred years old.
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Standing Stones - Site just below WJAC-TV Transmitter

This possible set of standing stone's are located inside a cairn field near some stone wall's along with a couple of sets of cairns.
Another angle of the stones.
The structure lines up with this:
The standing stone's are in the upper middle left of the frame - near the double tree trunk. I am standing at the site of the picture above this caption.
This leaf covered rock mound is within the line of site of both the standing stone's and the other sturcture. Both use a rectangle rock that measures appox 7" x 5". Both rectangles are pointing in the same general direction also.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Stackhouse Park

Cairn using a rare piece of white quartz. So far this is the only example of this type I have been able to find. It's in a section of the woods very near the ranger's shack just below Luzerne Street.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rockpile near the Decker Avenue Hiking Shelter

This cairn is part of many in an area about 2200 feet up. There is a 250 to 300 year old tree with a small standing stone in the middle of this cairn field that contains at least 8 more of different sizes.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Native American - Burial Mound - Decker

Nice large sunken cairn - from around 1000 AD - but my expert thinks it could even be older. Found about 2500 feet up just below ridge line in a ravine. It's about 8 feet wide. Note - that there are two sunken areas. This is due to the stacked - log burial decomposing in the centuries since its construction. There is at least one other cairn of this type in the same area, besides just - on the ground types. This cairn sits very near the beginning of a long serpert like wall. If you could imagine the whole area clear cut - this ravine would look directly into the Conemaugh Gap.

This structure has considerable age. The area was clear cut and open field for anywheres between 75 and 150 years. Meaning when it was open field there was a lot less leaves and tree branches to accunmulate and debris to build up. There are so many structures of different types at this site - that everytime I go there I notice something different.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Cairn or Rockpile just below Brown's Cemetery

This was found just below Brown's across the old Son's of Italy Road. I have a feeling there are more of these types of cairns (rockpiles)in the area. This is the best example I have so far of a carved type of rock on rock.
Interesting cairn
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Possible Native American Indian Burial Mound - Brown's Farm

This elongated cairn (rock pile)is believed to be a burial. I believed it to contain the wife of Edenborough Smith the first owner of Brown's. In an old obit, they say she was an "Indian Squaw" who died in childbirth. The child I believe to be John Smith (Civil War Vet). I believe that Brown's is the site of a former Native American village. This whole area sits near the Cambria-Westmoreland County line.
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Edenborough Smith was a free African who settled in this part of Western Pennsylvania around 1800 or so. Some sources say he settled here in 1780. But the census data doesn't back that up.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Other End of Same Wall found on the way to Brown's

And this is the other end. It is located off to the right about 1/4 mile before you get to Brown's along the Son's of Italy Road in Johnstown.
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Stone Wall and other structures found on way to Brown's

This wall is found just off the old Son's of Italy Road at the Y junction between the trail on the left coming up from the top of Mountain Road. This wall and two springs along with a group of Rock Piles are about 1/4 mile from Brown's.

This is from an area I began exploring 2 weeks ago. The small spring (one of two) is located near one of the ends of the wall which runs about 150 feet. I including a shot of two cairns. I will be including more photo's from the area in the next couple of days.