Tribe, developer battle over rock mounds (RI)
As a boy, John Brown remembers traveling with his family to the wooded hills in northwest Rhode Island where his fellow Narragansett Indians gathered near stone piles they believe were left by ancient ancestors.
That belief is now at the center of a struggle between the rural town of North Smithfield and a developer who wants to build a 122-lot subdivision on the land.
The town suspects the piles are burial mounds, and has filed a lawsuit
asking a judge to declare the land a historic burial ground. But the
developer contends the piles were left behind by farmers or loggers, and
has been pushing since 2001 to build.
comments powered by Disqus
Raul A Garcia - 7/30/2008
I assume the state and authorities will act responsibly and allow archaeologists to examine the alleged site.It would be good to see how this plays out and valid claims are respected by our laws.
- Five Things You Need to Know to be a Better Digital Preservationist
- Book on Losing British Generals Wins American History Prize
- Stanford scholar explores civil rights revolution's positive impact on the South's economy
- Harvard Historian Nancy Koehn on Amazon's Tentacular Reach
- Q&A with historian and author Nick Turse