Wm Jack Hranicky RPA
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The Rixeyville stone mound triangle was discovered by James Duckett on his farm in Culpeper County, Virginia. He reported it to the author in June 2014, who started investigating, mapping, and recording it.
Rixeyville Triangle site
Class: Solar Orientation
Location: Culpeper County, Virginia
The stone triangle consists of three all-quartz stones of varying sizes from small cobble to very large boulders. Each mound is composed of pure white quartz rocks in a circle formation, and they are approximately 16 feet across. Based on the Virginia Rockart Survey’s files, there is no other example of these types of formations known in Virginia. Naturally, more future investigations will be performed by the senior author. Due to a grass cover, no artifacts have been discovered. Mound properties are shown in the map figure.
Triangle mound #1 has a large boulder-on-boulder structure; it was placed one boulder on top of another. The suggestion is that the top flat boulder is a standing stone which occurs at Spout Run. Of course, proof is only an opinion of the senior author. While not a perfect equilateral triangle, its construction is close. Depending on each triangle’s edge location, each triangle is approximately 60 feet apart. Also, this triangle has an S-shape suggesting an inter-ring formation. The above-ground height is: Number 1 = 42 inches, Number 2 = 36 inches, and Number 3 = 32 inches. The Standing stone is: 48 x 44 x 23 inches; it sets on a boulder 72 inches wide. The same creek by the circle runs by the triangle formation.
When viewing the eastern sky, Triangle mounds 1 and 2 can be used to view the winter and summer solstices over Number 3. The actual degree is off, but this is not a significant problem. Figure 3 shows an example of each mound; they are overgrown with plants and trees.