- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) - The Hopkinton Land Trust has purchased just over 13 acres of property containing mysterious stone piles known as cairns.

The Westerly Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1wS3s2M) the trust spent $140,000 last month to preserve the two parcels of land dotted with the structures, which are believed to date back hundreds of years and have been the subject of an archaeological debate.

Timothy Ives, Rhode Island’s state archaeologist, has said he believes the stone stacks are evidence of old land-clearing practices. But Doug Harris, a preservation officer for the Narragansett Tribe says he thinks the stones may have been ceremonial and have considerable spiritual significance.

The property owners had originally planned to sub-divide the land for development, but sold it to the land trust after efforts were launched to protect the property.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, https://www.thewesterlysun.com

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