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"I farmed, and I farmed, and all I raised was a crop of rocks..."

Around this area, the colonial farmers gathered the large field stones and used them for boundary marking stone walls. There are so many in this area, and they are sometimes useful for purposes of navigation. I am having trouble figuring out how to map these. Additionally, many are almost completely destroyed from being neglected in the woods for hundreds of years. I would appreciate any thoughts regarding the notability of the remnants of these piles of stones.

My first thought is marking them as barrier=wall ; material=stone ... but I am not sure that barrier is the best description, as they are a barrier for no one. Also, would you think it is best to create a node (to indicate a notable location) or a way (to indicate the orientation)?

asked 28 Dec '16, 19:40

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In GB with Access Land it is useful know where there are gaps in the walls or fences so that routes can be found.

(29 Dec '16, 14:46) andy mackey

The basic tag appears to be barrier=wall, wall=dry_stone (and adding height=* can't hurt).

Concerning the level of (dis)repair, things are going to be more subjective.

  • I wouldn't change the tagging as long as one or two layers of stone are still properly on top of each other, even if the rest is on the ground : we've got those everywhere in Ireland, and even when half the wall has fallen it still socially counts as a barrier=wall.
  • If you want to map beyond that state of disrepair (say a heap of stones that has reached its angle of repose or an ancient wall that is now mostly burried), replace barrier=wall with historic=ruins, ruins=wall.
  • For anything less visible, start looking at historic=archaeological_site and its subtags.
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answered 28 Dec '16, 21:59

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