Tuesday, August 3, 2010

What IS It?

We have a winner.  Together, Newsboy and altem23 have correctly explained the use of the odd hammer with the number on the face of its head.

In the days when logs were removed from the woods and floated downstream to sawmills, more than one logging company would dump logs into the same river. So loggers would strike this hammer on the ends of their logs, much like a branding iron for cattle--to show who owned the log.

And now for today's challenge:
Here's a photo left over from our time in Georgian Bay on Lake Huron:  In the bottom right quarter of this photo, on the pink granite emerging from the water, is a stone structure.

What's it called?  What is its purpose? and who might have built it?

Winner gets a shout out on the blog plus a tacky postcard sent by real live snail mail!


  1. When the water is high it hides the granite,and the structure warns sailors of the rock formation under the waters surface. That's my guess!

  2. Structures like this have been found around the world and people believe they were built centuries ago and were used as altars, tombs, or markers of some sort. They are commonly refered to as Dolmens. However, on a recently abduction, I discovered the true creators of these structures and their intended use. Beings from other planets created this as docking posts for their space ships, similar to a hitchin post for a horse. They were built green with native stone and intended to blend in with the natural settings.

  3. Knox Johnstone and Jennifer Creighton have correctly identified this structure as an Inukshuk. For more info, see the What IS It? post for August 6.