RELICS OF THE GODS

STEEP SLOPE STONE LINES (STEEPS):

STEEPS:

STEEPS ARE STONE LINES ON GRADES IN EXCESS OF 50%.

According to "Perceiving 'Walk-on-able' Slopes by J.M. Kinsella-Shaw, et al" the participants would "...walk up the ramp comfortably, at an ordinary pace, while maintaining upright posture and making full "flat-footed" contact..."

Depending on the participant the maximum slopes traversed were 22% to 32%.

Using only manual labor to lift, stack and manipulate stones weighing hundreds to thousands of pounds on a flat surface would be difficult at best.  On a 30% plus slope it is impossible.

A WALL UNSEEN describes accessing a stone line on a steep slope.

The examples below are extreme slopes of 50% to 80% where modern equipment such as tractors cannot close to traversing.

The Shasta Steep Slope Map shows the locations of over 85 stone lines with line segments on slopes of 50% to 80%.

The areas adjacent to the stone lines are undisturbed and NO SIGNS OF CONSTRUCTION.

EXAMPLES:

There are at least 88 STEEPS segments in the Shasta Valley.  Here are some samples.

The stone line pictured below (sv_over_50_stone_line_085) has two extreme slopes.

A 70% slope segment on the east side.  The west side contains a 66% slope segment.

Steep sloped line in the Shasta Valley. sv_over_50_stone_line_085_profile_segment_a_70_percent sv_over_50_stone_line_085_profile_66_percent_slope_segment_b

This drop line (sv_over_50_stone_line_059) has an average slope of 61%.

Shasta Valley steep slope lline "sv_over_50_stone_line_059 sv_over_50_stone_line_059_profile

This line (sv_over_50_stone_line_002) averages 50% slope and has a slope segment of over 70%.

Shasta Valley steep stone line sv_over_50_stone_line_002_77_percent_slope_segment

These lines (sv_over_50_stone_line_054 and 055) are on a slope approaching 80%.

These lines (sv_over_50_stone_line_054 and 055) are on a 80% slope. sv_over_50_stone_line_054_87_percent_grade

DROP LINES:

One type of repeating steep slope line shows up in several clusters has been nicknamed a 'drop line'.

A drop line runs from the top of a bluff to the bottom of the bluff and generally ends near the bottom of the hill.

A Lake Shastina Drop Line Shasta Drop Line