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    8-10í piles with round rocks, Iím assuming these must be property markers. What if they donít line up? Also found a small one with flat split granite pieces not small round boulders about 6í long.


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    Likely from former farm land, rocks come up every spring and farmers pick them to keep them from damaging their equipment and often have huge piles along fence lines. I find a lot of old remnants of fencing and rock piles, even dug wells and old foundations completely overgrown by forest.

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    Not fence lines. I have see those. These are 100 meters apart at least.


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    Definitely from old farming practices. I find these even in public forest that used to be farm land.
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    Just old materials from old farms or from big rocks in field that farmers threw to the field edge.

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    Depending where it is, you can look with Google earth or county/ region GIS map and see historic aerial photos as far back as 1950s. You might see what used to be there. I've checked on a couple things I've found that were totally swallowed by forest in roughly 40 years.

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    My guess would be piles made by the early farmer/settlers. As the rocks showed themselves in the fields over the years, they would hitch their horse to a "stone boat" and load up, then dump them somewhere out of the way. Very common back in the day.
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    All above answers correct. We have stone piles and rows of stones on our 300ac forested camp, formerly a homestead.

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    Farmers stone piles. Where I live in the bush around me there are lots.
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    I Do not know were you are or how the stones are placed, were we are we have, several old trails called cairn lines. I think that is how you say it. showing you a direction to some were, also some old piles of rock, were old pieces of wood are still in the centre of some for a phone line from the 30s and 40s These are in the bush, probably from logging days.
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