Stacked

Heather Friedman

San Diego, United States

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I came upon this stack of stones on one of the hiking trails in Sycamore Canyon, San Diego County.
I wonder who stacked them… when….and why???
Dedicated to Barbara Callahan who told me what this really is!
ANSWER, Thanks BCallahan! From Wikipedia:
A cairn is a man-made pile (or stack) of stones. The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn).1 Cairns are found all over the world in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, and also in barren desert and tundra areas. 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. Cairns may be painted or otherwise decorated, whether for increased visibility or for religious reasons.
In modern times, cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times. Since prehistory, they have also been built as sepulchral monuments, or used for defensive, hunting, ceremonial, astronomical and other purposes

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