Mystery Hill (America's Stonehenge) Pt.1- Dennis Stone Talking Points & Artifact Room
I took a trip to Mystery Hill in Salem, NH the other month with Charles G., another researcher and friend. I was very impressed with the site. There is no doubt in my mind that what remains of the outer stone wall/ Standing Stone ring and the main site itself are pre-historic (pre-colonial). Below are some Dennis Stone interviews I would like to share (2nd generation care-taker of the site within his family) and then I will re-iterate some of his talking points, which should silence the nay-sayers.
Here is interview #1 (15 mins):
Interview #2 (15 mins):
Interview #3 (1 hr 30 mins):
Here are some of my notes/comments about what Dennis Stone says about the site:
1) The heaviest stone that was moved is the roof slab of the Oracle Chamber, which weighs 50 tons. I can't imagine this to be the work of colonists- this is megalithic.
2) Using archeo-astronomy, and collaborating with actual academics it has been determined that there are at least 24 star alignments at the site. Some of the solstice alignments (through the standing stones) also line up with other stars such as Polaris, although the last time this would have worked (properly aligned) would be around 4,000 years ago (2,000 BC). This is a strong indication of how old the site really is. I am wondering at what point in time going back through the ages did these alignments also occur (as an example, such as the Sphinx in Egypt lining up to the Leo constellation 12,000 years ago, 36,000 years ago, etc.) This would give credibility to the Native oral tradition that some of these structures were built by the Ancient Ones.
3) There is an alignment here with other works in the NorthEast region, going through other sites in New York, Massachusetts, etc.- this has been mapped out before (shown in interview #1). This alignment even contiues through world-wide megalithic sites which some call a megalithic grid (usually along ley lines.)
4) Stone age technology was used in the construction of the stoneworks at Mystery Hill in Salem New Hampshire. No bronze age tools or later colonial tools were used. There is no evidence that colonists built the site. Indeed, just the opposite is the case- from what little evidence we do have it is clear that "stone age" technology was used to build the stone works.
5) The Pattee family first moved to the site in 1734. They were shoemakers. Their family is actually responsible for perhaps a 40% destruction of the ancient site. Because there was already readily-available worked-out stones available, the colonial records indicate that for years quarrymen were coming to this site and removing stones by the cartload for building material at other sites. Dennis Stone describes the current site of Mystery Hill to be "skeletal remains" of what it once was. Mr. Stone points out a 9 ton roof slab laying around- the rest of the structure was probably removed.
6) The Table Dolmen- Mr. Stone points out that there is no record of this structure ever being a cider press or for soapstone. The Patee family were shoemakers. Dennis Stone also points out that this table dolmen (I will refer to it as a table dolmen) weighs 9,000 pounds and is significantly larger and heavier than any cider press or lye stone in the area- which would be easily manipulated by just one or two people without much work. In my mind, after weighing the possibilities, this leaves the Table Dolmen open to the possiblity that it is as ancient (thousands of years old) as the rest of the stone works at this site.
7) There have been Native American artifacts found at the site, some within recent years. This shows that to pre-colonial Native people, this site was known about and inhabited. Hard to tell the full significance of this site from a Native perspective, with the world's largest genocide happening here on American soil. As for the whole Phoenician theory- there have been no Phoenician artifatcs found directly at the site, but there have been a score of such artifacts (coins, stone inscriptions) found nearby, as close as 2 miles down the Merrimack River- in fact such things are found from South America to the Canadian marritimes. I'm not sure what the significance is here to this site (Mystery Hill), if any, but sailing fleets from the Old World to the New World before Columbus is not a new idea, and it probably happened more than people realize, and there is alot of research and circumstantial evidence for this in many regions/ areas of the America's. The Wampanoag for instance, still have surviving accounts of Vikings (there was even a movie made about this). One thing I am wondering about here is the full significance of what academics refer to as the Red Paint People, or, the Martime Archaic whose society was flourishing 11,000 years ago right after the last Ice Age- and what may have even come before this cataclysm.
8) When the Pattee family moved to this site there were already large trees growing on top of some of the stone structures. Carbon dating of plant material from one stone wall dates to 1690 +/- a few years, which predates any european colonial occupation of this site. Again, the evidence suggests the site is at least 4,000 years old and possibly older still. Remains of a 2,000 year old wigwam have also been found around the area of the Visitor Center.
Here are some pictures from the Artifact Room:
Above is a Mishoon, a dug-out canoe:
A possible spear-point and a definite Manitou stone:
A stone anchor found a few miles away. This area by the Merrimack River used to be much more accessible to the sea:
There were also cool stones with celtic and phoenician inscriptions (Ibaric) show-cased in the Artifact Room, found at other sites. I photographed these but for some reason they did not save.
A sign at the site which points out some of the astronomical alignments: