Primer One of tens of thousands of abandoned fieldstone walls in New England. This one has a mix of stones, which is typical of local upland settings where the glacial till is far-travelled. A few of these stones are likely from Canada. By “primer” I mean an elementary text to bring you up to the level of a typical conversation. Link to History of Stone Walls in Ten Easy Steps Purpose of Stone Walls then and now. Frequently Asked Questions Old cemeteries are frequently surrounded by stone walls. They convey a sense of deep time that is somehow reassuring.