Tuesday, January 6, 2015

America's Stonehenge (Mystery Hill) Pt. 7- The Table Dolmen (Main Site IV)

America's Stonehenge (Mystery Hill) Pt. 7- The Table Dolmen (Main Site IV)

In Part 1 of my series on America's Stonehenge, I touched on some issues concerning this Table Dolmen, which has been nick-named the "Sacrifical Table."  For the purposes of my research I am going to use the term "Table Dolmen."  Skeptics of this site like to believe that this structure is a cider press or lye stone- as convenient an excuse as possible to dismiss the structure away. 

Dennis Stone (curator/owner/2nd generation caretaker of the site), who is a good source of information on the site has explained that 1) there is no record of this structure ever being used as a Cider Press or Lye Stone and that 2) this Table Dolmen weighs 9,000 pounds, which is significantly larger and heavier in weight than any cider press or lye stone known in the area.  Usually a cider press or lye stone are significantly smaller than this table dolmen and can be picked up by just one person or at least easily manipulated by one person.  

After weighing these facts in my mind I believe it is possible that this Table Dolmen could be as old as the other stoneworks at this site, which has been proved (this shouldn't even be an issue/debate any more, people,) by academic research through carbon dating and archaeo-astronomy to be pre-colonial, even with Native artifacts found on site, including pottery, projectile points, etc.  The archaeo-astronomy (a solid way of dating sites that does not lie) of the site dates the stone-works to at least around 4,000 years ago (around 2,000 BC give or take a few decades.)

Another fact about the Table Dolmen is that the grooves in it have been pecked out in stone- if this was a colonial or later construction such as a cider press, metal tools would have been used to work the groove out, and this just isn't the case.  Not to metion, as the pictures will show- the confined space the Table Dolmen is located in makes it an impractical position for a work-space.

So, here is the Table Dolmen and the surrounding stone-works:

The Table Dolmen is actually on the other side of this Standing Stone/ Wall slab, but this is a nice angle.  This stone slab also seemed to be aligned with other Standing Stones such as the True North Standing Stone along the outer parameter of the site:

Table dolmen in the background:

Note the confined space the Table Dolmen is in, not an ideal place to be working an over-sized cider press:

Mary and James Gage also give a very good Native American ceremonial interpretation of this structure on their website www.stonestructures.org 


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