Stacks Of Stones Appear On San Ildefonso Road

Cairns or human-made stacks of stones began appearing about 10 days ago on San Ildefonso Road in Los Alamos. They started with one column and someone has added a new column every few days since. The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn). Cairns have been and are used for a broad variety of purposes, from pre-historic times up to the present. In modern times, cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times. However, since prehistory, they have also been built and used as burial monuments; for defense and hunting; for ceremonial purposes, sometimes relating to astronomy; to locate buried items, such as caches of food or objects; and to mark trails, among other purposes. 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. Source: Photo by Claire Swinhoe