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Posted: 12/13/2013 4:22:36 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/13/2013 4:24:27 AM EST by mjohn3006]
I hunt in central Maryland in Patuxant River State Park and all over the place in my hunting woods are these mounds of rocks.
The closest road is maybe a mile from this spot. There is nothing here but dirt trails. The rocks these piles are made up of can be found in the area, but in the ground.

The only way to make a pile this big of these rocks would be to do a lot of digging for them.
This is one of the larger ones as I have tried to get a pic before of a "normal" sized one and it does not show up well. But they are everywhere in these woods.

First obvious thought is Indian burial mounds, but honestly they don't really look all that old. Like less than 100 years old based on debris. I would think over 100 years, leaves would fill the cracks and it would be more of a dirt mound, not bare rocks. I have sat on them before as an elevated hunting perch. No Indian curses yet.

thoughts?

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:24:04 AM EST
Witches
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Originally Posted By Waldo:

The trees don't look very old so maybe they're just old rock piles from past farming.

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Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:26:07 AM EST
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Nobody knows.. the trouble I've seen...nobody knows the sorrow
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:28:04 AM EST
Field stones turned up by plows. Those trees haven't been thre 20 years, and the area was likely crop land at one time
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:29:49 AM EST
Bigfoot burial ground.... go dig it up, I triple-dog dare ya!




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Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:32:41 AM EST
See them here in Tenn every now and again near fields used for crops.
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Originally Posted By ar2de:
Field stones turned up by plows. Those trees haven't been thre 20 years, and the area was likely crop land at one time
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That's my guess. There are several such piles on our farm.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:34:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/13/2013 4:38:07 AM EST by DanSharp]
I have these around my house as well, which is also surrounded by farmers fields.

Makes sense and I have now learned something new.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:35:19 AM EST
Manbearsquatch
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:35:30 AM EST
Dig down and see what you find. And if its anything interesting, call your local university and see if they have anyone that will come out and take a look.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:37:41 AM EST
All over PA also. I always assumed farmers piled them up.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:40:55 AM EST
I have them on my property as well. I excavated one to find nothing but rocks. An old-timer in the area told me that they are formed when BIG trees are up-rooted by wind and ice, etc. While the tree was living the roots wrapped around a lot of rocks. When the tree was uprooted, the roots held onto the rocks until the wood rotted away. In the meantime, loose dirt back filled the hole, leaving the rocks sitting on top in a pile after the roots rotted away.

He has been right on most things I have asked him about country living so I am buying this explanation
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:41:04 AM EST
Not so fast there Lee Harvey. You need to get out there and map the mounds. Get back to us when the pattern emerges...
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:41:19 AM EST
Originally Posted By ar2de:
Field stones turned up by plows. Those trees haven't been thre 20 years, and the area was likely crop land at one time
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Interesting. There are some much bigger trees around. We lost a lot of them in some wind storms a few years ago.

Here is a satellite pic of the location. You guys really think it is that young?

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=39.320355,-77.166638&hl=en&sll=39.320355,-77.166638&sspn=0.025996,0.038581&t=h&z=15
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Originally Posted By Waldo:

The trees don't look very old so maybe they're just old rock piles from past farming.

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My guess as well.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:43:45 AM EST
ewww... Maryland its probably where they buried your freedoms
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150 years ago, almost the entirety of md, va and pa was logged off and burned for charcoal
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What ever you do , do not read Pet Cemetery
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FIFY
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:46:04 AM EST
Descendants of Vikings that carved the Kinsington Stone, or early Knights Templar from the 12th Century. I'd move each stone by hand and uncover the treasure. One of those piles will be the real pile so keep looking.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:46:18 AM EST
We have several piles like that. In the 18th and 19th centuries, they got piled there from plowing field, then used later for fences or foundations.


There are also several indian mounds around here. They're substantial and dirt.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:47:05 AM EST
They are made from Rock Geysers. Seriously. Look it up.
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Agreed. I was raised there and I left there 10 years ago and will never go back. But...my parents still live there, as do my hunting buddies.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:49:19 AM EST
I got rock piles in the woods where i live too, trees all around them some of them are big, they started making rock piles as soon as they got around to buying tractors around here, about 1930 so the trees are around 70-80 years old .
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Originally Posted By mjohn3006:


Interesting. There are some much bigger trees around. We lost a lot of them in some wind storms a few years ago.

Here is a satellite pic of the location. You guys really think it is that young?

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=39.320355,-77.166638&hl=en&sll=39.320355,-77.166638&sspn=0.025996,0.038581&t=h&z=15
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Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Originally Posted By ar2de:
Field stones turned up by plows. Those trees haven't been thre 20 years, and the area was likely crop land at one time


Interesting. There are some much bigger trees around. We lost a lot of them in some wind storms a few years ago.

Here is a satellite pic of the location. You guys really think it is that young?

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=39.320355,-77.166638&hl=en&sll=39.320355,-77.166638&sspn=0.025996,0.038581&t=h&z=15

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:50:39 AM EST
When I look at early 1800's paintings of my town, it was almost stripped bare of trees and everything was fields. Now there are a lot more woods. But stone walls running though deep woods is another obvious clue that the woods weren't always woods.
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Originally Posted By Averagebear:
They are made from Rock Geysers. Seriously. Look it up.
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uh.....

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Originally Posted By Waldo:

The trees don't look very old so maybe they're just old rock piles from past farming.

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Yep
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Originally Posted By mjohn3006:


Interesting. There are some much bigger trees around. We lost a lot of them in some wind storms a few years ago.

Here is a satellite pic of the location. You guys really think it is that young?

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=39.320355,-77.166638&hl=en&sll=39.320355,-77.166638&sspn=0.025996,0.038581&t=h&z=15
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Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Originally Posted By ar2de:
Field stones turned up by plows. Those trees haven't been thre 20 years, and the area was likely crop land at one time


Interesting. There are some much bigger trees around. We lost a lot of them in some wind storms a few years ago.

Here is a satellite pic of the location. You guys really think it is that young?

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=39.320355,-77.166638&hl=en&sll=39.320355,-77.166638&sspn=0.025996,0.038581&t=h&z=15


Yes, those are young trees.

Yes, those are piles of plowed up rocks.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:07:23 AM EST
Seen the same. Land clearing debris from a century plus ago. Look up any past history/owner info and it was likely farm land or cut timber.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:11:20 AM EST
Those are Wiccan mounds, the devils left ass cheek. Stay away from them, one way ticket to hell.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:21:03 AM EST
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And what do we burn, apart from witches?
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:22:04 AM EST
The old-timers where I grew up in Western PA used to burry their horses in the woods that way after they passed but I would say they were slightly smaller than that one.. You would also find similar piles near old personal coal mines. Field debris like others have said are common too.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:23:17 AM EST
yellow jacket nests....
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Flint quarry tailings, left by displaced stone-age people.
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Our ancestors did not have the technology to place the rocks in such neat piles, we would have a hard time recreating those piles even today.


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Originally Posted By Waldo:

The trees don't look very old so maybe they're just old rock piles from past farming.

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Yep. We have them all over the area I hunt as well. The farmers stacked stones from the fields in a pile. Most of them are in wooded areas now.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:53:23 AM EST
I hunt a very similar woods on my inlaw's farm. Talking to my 60 year old brother-in-laws the woods we hunt was an open field just 40-50 years ago. So I go with the concensus vote, rock piles from farming.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:55:53 AM EST
My woods in TN are full of stone piles - that look like fallen cairns. I'm told that the piles are where the rocks were put when cleared from the field and that some may represented corner markers for plots. But they look like some old druid or indian monument when you stumble upon them.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:56:24 AM EST
I wouldn't be surprised if that was made by a front loader or dump truck several decades ago. I see piles like that where I hunt from when they'd graveled trails decades ago.
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Brontosaurus gizzard stones.
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Originally Posted By camarojsmith:
All over PA also. I always assumed farmers piled them up.
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Yep, but I'm more used to seeing them as low walls.

Before I saw the pic, I was thinking terminal moraine, but that's bigger rocks more scattered across a much larger area. Very beautiful, but a rough place to do anything with the land.
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Originally Posted By Waldo:

The trees don't look very old so maybe they're just old rock piles from past farming.

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This.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:20:50 AM EST
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Originally Posted By proud2deviate:
Brontosaurus gizzard stones.
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lol
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:23:06 AM EST
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Originally Posted By doc_Zox:
150 years ago, almost the entirety of md, va and pa was logged off and burned for charcoal
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yup

virtually everything that is now the GW Natl Forest was stumps
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Originally Posted By Waldo:

The trees don't look very old so maybe they're just old rock piles from past farming.



Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:36:38 AM EST
Probably old homesteaders piled them up after plowing a field. Or to use as a wall or foundation.
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