High Tor’s Stone Mounds

By Maddis Senner

Who built all the stone mounds at High Tor New York State Wildlife Management Area at the southeastern end of Canandaigua Lake is a question Dave Robinson asked over 30 years ago and a question that has been dogging me for over a decade. There are hundreds of stone mounds at High Tor in a variety of shapes and forms, with the dominant one being a stone mound with a dimpled or depressed area in its center. As someone who studies and has written about stone structures and sacred sites, I know of no other place in the world that has such a large collection.

Robinson was an amateur archaeologist and member of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA), which is dedicated to the study and preservation of ancient stone structures. He wrote several articles about stone structures in the Finger Lakes for NEARA and for the Crooked Lake Review.

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