Cairns

by Abby March. 12, 2016 2125 views

I took a walk in my neighborhood today and shot several photos :)
Every morning, on my way to work, I see these rock stacks in a nearby yard; so, was finally able to get a couple of photos.
They are called Cairns and following is the definition - Cairn
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A cairn is a human-made pile (or stack) of stones. The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn).
Inuksuit in northern Canada were markers used for wayfinding and to locate caches of food or other stores.
A cairn to mark a mountain summit in Graubünden, Switzerland.

Cairns are used as trail markers in many parts of the world, in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, as well as in barren deserts and tundra. They vary in size from small stone markers to entire artificial hills, and in complexity from loose conical rock piles to delicately balanced sculptures and elaborate feats of megalithic engineering. Cairns may be painted or otherwise decorated, whether for increased visibility or for religious reasons. An ancient example is the inuksuk (plural inuksuit), used by the Inuit, Inupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America. These structures are found from Alaska to Greenland. This region, above the Arctic Circle, is dominated by the tundra biome and has areas with few natural landmarks.

In modern times, cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times; but, since prehistory, they have also been built for a variety of other reasons, such as burial monuments and for defence and hunting, as well as ceremonial, astronomical, and other purposes.

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Moira 3 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for sharing. I wonder why your neighbours built them?

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Yokai - 3 years, 10 months ago

Looks interesting and mysterious as well.

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Gillian Parsons 3 years, 10 months ago

We saw many Cairns in Norway when we visited interesting history to the word.

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Chossid 3 years, 10 months ago

I'd probably ask the homeowner about them ;-)

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Lukesmom 3 years, 10 months ago

Very cool! I've seen photos of these before. Cool that you saw them in your neighborhood!

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
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