This week, Back Roads Bill wonders about these dolmen stones; if you know any he would like to know
This could be attributed to the first indigenous peoples, the Vikings, geological times, or aliens. What is the origin of these massive stones?
There are a lot of mysteries on the back roads. There are mysterious stone configurations around the world like Stonehenge, Britain’s largest prehistoric monument. Stonehenge remains a mystery as scientists ask: was it a spa or a cemetery?
Mystery Stones Dolmen
There are dolmen stones in northern Ontario. A dolmen usually consists of three or more standing stones supporting a larger stone. We still do not know when, why and by whom the first dolmens were made.
The oldest known dolmens are found in Western Europe, where they were placed around 7,000 years ago. Archaeologists still don’t know who erected these dolmens, making it difficult to know why they did.
They are generally all considered to be tombs or burial chambers, despite the lack of clear evidence for this.
In North America, many people have attached different theories and legends to the dolmen – some of them are: it is funerary monuments, it is a Viking marker; a way to communicate as route markers or it’s an erratic glacier.
Dennis Smyk, recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, was the editor of the Driftwood newspaper in Ignatius and a licensed amateur archaeologist, who died in 2018. He has identified and recorded hundreds of archaeological sites in the northwest of the ‘Ontario.
“I cannot” write “the one (dolmen) that we visited (see map) because they are not recognized as archaeological sites (unless other things are found [Native artifacts or pictographs] on the sites), âhe wrote. âI find it hard to accept that the glaciers have deposited so many large stones on two or more smaller ones.
Some prescribe the erratic theory.
A glacial erratic block is a piece of rock that differs in the size and type of rock native to the region in which it rests. They are found almost everywhere in northern Ontario.
âErraticsâ get their name from the Latin word errare and are carried by glacial ice, often over distances of hundreds of kilometers. The size of the erratics can range from pebbles to large boulders. Since they are transported by glaciers, they are part of a series of indicators that mark the path of the movement of prehistoric glaciers.
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âOf course, while glacial movement seemed like a reliable mechanism for the movement of these massive stones, the question remained as to what could have placed them on top of glaciers, to begin with,â Hanks said. “The main theory on this subject among nineteenth-century scholars, landslides and rockfalls, sometimes aided by the movement of the encroaching ice itself, had probably resulted in the deposition of stones on the ice caps, which were then carried along by the movement of the glaciers. “
“Once the ice caps started to melt and the glaciers retreated again, these stones – some of them carried great distances – would have found their way to their current positions on the ground far from where they were. are native, âconcluded Hanks.
When you visit a number of dolmen sites, your mind begins to behave like the proverbial pendulum. Was it by chance that the ice melted in such a way that the larger rock was supported by the smaller one?
The White River dolmen took over five years to find and finally get there. The location is one of those ‘don’t tell mom’ getaways.
After finding the first referenced dolmens, Boundary Waters, Minnesota and Ignatius, there was an obscure story found on the internet titled Outdoor enthusiasts revisit the mysterious rock formation. It involved two wild type canoeists, John Evashevski and Michael Lehto of St. Ignace, Michigan, who first saw the stone 50 years ago.
âThey were either made to be markers or they can have religious or astrological significance,â Lehto said. “They are fascinating because it shows that people in the late Stone Age were moving across North and South America, Europe and Scandinavia.”
Its story was published in the archeology magazine Old american in 2005.
The research – the maps and the access, then the layout of a course came next; two unsuccessful attempts occurred due to weather, weather and access.
I requisitioned two forestry professionals working in the White River area. They were enthusiastic and open-minded (also younger), important character traits when researching or “bushwhacking”.
We left on a very gray and humid day. The roads had changed because of logging. The winding nature of the oxbow, Pokei Creek has caused dead ends. And then there were the beaver trails – the entry / exit and the drag of the canoe on the routine, as you straddle the trapezoidal nature of the Transition Dam.
But then he was there on the south side of Little Rapids Island, just like John and Michael described him!
The sun came out as expected. The rock formation was unmistakable. The supporting rocks were different and needed to be placed and there were additional rocks covered with lichen as if they were placed like a mason looking for stone.
One of the two members of the group was Jesse Gaudette, a band member from the neighboring Pic Mobert First Nation.
âAs a First Nations person, I have always felt a connection to the land, especially in the White River and Pic Mobert areas. I am an active user of land, whether for recreation or subsistence, âsaid Gaudette. âWhen we first approached the stone, I was amazed and couldn’t believe there was a dolmen in my garden.
âTo be in the presence of the rock was spiritual. Immediately I felt a rush and acted by praying and placing tobacco on the site,â he said. âSince we visited the rock, I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I’m still curious about when my next trip home will be and who will be with me next time!
The other ‘trooper’, Svetlana Zeran said: “It was quite spectacular to leave in the rain and just as we got there the rain lifted leaving the morning mist to rise over the stones of the dolmens which were illuminated by the first sun of the day. “
âIt was like we were almost stepping back in time, witnessing something mystical and older. Much older than recorded history. Leaving me with the feeling that there are still mysteries to be discovered and m ‘asking about the people who put these structures together,’ she said. noted. âIt was quite surreal. I am reporting this site to the MRNF so that it can continue to live and be protected.
It will be easier now. White River, west of Wawa, is also a day trip. At the north end of town, just past the mill, turn west or left onto Hwy 17. Cross the railroad tracks and the White River Bridge onto Domtar Road 600., heading south . At 8.9 km there is a junction, turn south, then drive another 20.3 km from the junction.
They are good forest roads. Access is on Soulier Lake, paddle to the NE corner, through the wetland to the meanders of the Pokei River (Topo 42 C6 – Pokei Lake).
The stone of the dolmen is still 2 km away, on the south side of the small river island. 16 U 625113 5360902 or N 48 Â° 23 21.3 “W85 Â° 18 ‘38.3”
David Bain is a former Kitchener history teacher. He was making his way on the popular Chiniguchi-Matagamasi canoe route. He contacted me after reading the www.steerto.com Northern Ontario-Facebook post on the White River Dolmen.
âWe were just out to hike the cliff near our campsite to see what was up there. I taught history and am an avid reader of history and prehistory books. , including author Barry Fell’s books on pre-Columbian European contact … so yeah, I laughed right away and made a joke about the Wolf Lake dolmen. “
And it would soon be shared and discovered; after exchanging a few emails about the location.
We made our way to Wolf Lake, known to be home to the largest stands of ancient red pine in the world.
The author was with an outdoor friend, Ken Waller who helped find the dolmen referenced by David Bain.
âIt was suggested that the impact of the Sudbury Basin meteorite was linked to the aliens. It could have been an Inukshuk-like marker for them,â Waller said.
He also said that due to the cave-like structure, it was more likely a vision-seeking site for the early indigenous peoples. A cursory examination revealed charcoal. After being posted on Facebook, a Wendigo event was also entered in the mix of explanations.
Itinerary then. East of Sudbury, find Kugagami Road, turn north on Hwy 17 West. Drive north for about 7 miles and cross what used to be the railroad tracks. Continue to follow Sportsman’s Lodge signs for another 11 km.
You will come to a main intersection and turn left or north (do not follow signs for Sportsman’s Lodge and Kukagami Lake.) Turn onto Matamagasi Lk. Rd. Then Bushy Bay Road.
You will travel approximately 10 km to Lake Wanapitei / Matamagasi Lk. Narrow. (This is where you can launch a canoe.) Or pass the passage between Lake Wanapitei and Matamagasi.
You will pass in front of numerous entrances to camps and chalets. It is still a good gravel road. This is where your GPS and map come in handy. You can launch a canoe on Silvester Lake or the north end of Wolf Lake at the bridge to Dewdney Lake. The dolmen sits on top of a small cliff just northeast of the campsite on the northeast shore of Wolf Lake. WGS 84 Zone 17 TE 0528346 N 5189670 and N46 Â° 51.600 ‘W 080 Â° 37.689’.
The truth about the dolmen stones is based on what you want to see, hear and know. Maybe we never want to know? Maybe only aliens know that.
The pursuit of the search for other stones continues, with the mystery. There is a new one that has just been located and there is more to discover.
Please contact me if you know of any and see the map for the different Dolmen sites mentioned in this column.