Mystery Hill (America's Stonehenge) Pt. 5 - Main Site Chambers & StoneWorks II
This area is what the owner in the 1930's, William Goodwin, nick-named "The Pulpit." These are the remains of an elaborate structure. Mr. Goodwin and his crew are criticized because they "touched things up" and did some restoration work to the site- but let us be realistic here. The surviving Aztec and Mayan pyramids and other stone-works in the Yucatan Peninsula were all found in a ruinous state, and the grand structures we see today are the result of professional reconstruction and restoration, not unlike anything Mr. Goodwin and his crew did here at Mystery Hill in Salem New Hampshire. As another example, even Machu Picchu in Peru has been continually restored since it was first discovered in 1911 in a similar way as to the restoration work at America's Stonehenge. Instead of criticizing Mr. Goodwin in this regard, he should be thanked and remembered for the preservation and restoration work he did do. Nobody complains when somebody restores some old gas tanks, and pop them back to life, but critics of Mystery Hill like to point out Mr. Goodwin's restorations when they express their skepticism. Folks, there is a lot that William Goodwin did not touch up- he only restored a minute percentage of the overall site. It doesn't take rocket science to see how a structure has collapsed and to restore it to a more or less original state. Mr. Goodwin and crew certainly were not moving around 50 ton roof slabs in the Oracle Chamber- see my previous posts for some of the pre-colonial archaeological carbon dating and archaeo-astronomy at this site. Okay, end rant.
This section of the main site, "the pulpit" has been beatifully restored from when destructive quarrymen were at the site, carting out loads of prehitoric stonework in the 19th century. This section of the main site reminds me of pics and videos I have seen of Machu Picchu in Peru:
This structure has drill marks in it, most likely cause by the 19th century quarrymen who were up here carting away stone (they also evaded a quarry tax by obtaining stone this way):
On top of the "Pulpit", overlooking the whole site: