Terraced Hills/ Ledges- Ancient Prototypes of Pyramid Models In Massachusetts
There is a site in my area that I have been back to, time and again that I am tempted to call a Pyramid. However, I realize that the site is not a true pyramid. It is in fact a natural hill, mostly comprising of granite rock ledge. It is one of the highest hills in the area. However, the site is in fact what I would consider to be the ancient proto-type of a pyramid- the entire hillside in at least three directions has been terraced to create a pyramid-like effect, which I would consider to be a more ancient proto-typical model of a pyramid. Pyramid models and mounds such as the temples of Meso-America and the Mississipian Culture (as well as structures world-wide such as the Pyramids of Egypt) probably evolved out of such hillside terracing and use of hillside stone and earth works in further back ancient times, which the hill in my area I am describing is an example of. The word "Atzlan", or something of that nature, even comes to mind. The implications for the existence of such terraced hillside structures/ complexes in the New England area is huge- this goes beyond what a cairn field should be or even several standing stones on the top of a hill. The question is, will researching such sites ever be taken seriously in our lifetimes? Or does the existence of such complexes threaten what scholars and governments claimed they knew about the area's pre-history?
Since learning of the Gympie Pyramid in Australia, which I showed pictures of a couple posts ago, I have decided to declare it to be a sister site to the terraced hillside in my area, which is actually one of many, but the one I refer to is one of the finest examples. I have shown pictures of the Massachusetts site before, but these were just small glimpses of the larger picture. One would have to create 3-D models of the hillside, or visit the site for oneself to understand the fact that the whole hillside is a terraced proto-type of a pyramid model.
I will now describe the hill-side. There are some late 19th century/ early 20th century industrial quarry pits along the hillside, as well as some other development on the hillside and around the hillside. In some places, shrub and trees have grown up, and in other places the original granite rock ledge is still exposed. Despite this, if one is tuned into and looking for the remains of the ancient Native Ceremonial Stone Landscape, one is in for a big and pleasant surprise. First of all, there are several massive stone walls of an obvious megalithic origin that zigzag around the hillside. On one side of the hillside is a massive cairn field, which even features a nice underground room, although this general area of the hillside was partially disturbed by modern quarry pits. In some cases the stone walls function as a terrace. In other cases the granite ledge itself functions as a terrace. There is even an example of an earthen and stone bank functioning as a terrace connecting to the rest of a rock ledge terrace. There are even examples of smaller stone rows functioning as terraces as well. There are also many Standing Stones here, in fact, there are many dozens of Standing Stones along this one hill, although most are knocked over/ laying flat and obscured. There is even an example of an old Native signal fire, enclosed against a propped boulder which is also ceremoniously dressed with a Standing Stone and even a stone seat. The phrase "open-air temple" comes to mind. The partial remains of an old Native foot-path can even be discerned.
Besides the vast cairn field, dozens of standing stones, remains of a signal fire and foot path, as well as large megalithic zig-zagging stone wall complexes, and obvious levels of terracing around the hillside, there are also the propped and perched boulders. However, on the crest of the hill is the grandest feature of boulders of all. There is one giant boulder, worked out to expose many of it's white quartz veins. Directly in front of this boulder is a smaller flat-topped boulder platform obviously meant for standing on. Around these boulders is an entire concentric ring of boulders- some perched, some propped and some placed. Standing on the boulder platform next to the giant boulder I have observed the full moon rise over the hillside. I do believe that this space with the boulders, upon the crest of the hill is an observatory meant for solar viewing, and certainly for viewing the full moon, at least during certain times of the year. The boulders themselves could represent heavenly bodies/ constellations seen in the night sky, "as above, so below." Besides this there is also large boulders, further down the hill, shaped out as animal effigies. There is one "sphinx-like" propped boulder which I believe may represent a crouched deer. There are also several examples of bird effigies, as large as small "statues" I have noted, as well as several human effigies, one is only a foot or 2 feet, the other is maybe four- five feet high, with no extremities, laying flat on the ground. There are also some ledges with platforms. Even next to some of the quarry pits, one can see terraced stone-works under exposed soil.
I have even noted a couple of conventional artifacts on the top of the hill although I will not go into detail here. (hint- one is a type of stone found under the old house foundations when archaeologists excavated the praying village in Ashland, MA.)
The implications of this hillside are huge. I do believe we are looking at a terraced hillside, which I believe to be the ancient proto-type to the pyramid model that later ancient cultures used such as the Mayan/ Aztec pyramids. This hillside is beyond a cairn field or a few standing stones. It is a sacred Native hillside, but the implications of this are larger than most people, even some researchers may realize or are willing to admit. In essence, the hillside IS a pyramid. My feeling is that the terraced hillside model in this case, in Massachusetts, is probably far more ancient than the great earthworks of the Mid-West/ Mississippi, and probably even the pyramids and temples of the Yucatan Peninsula. This area could be a part of what Native people from other regions such as the Aztec have referred to as "Atzlan" (which is what the Greek philosopher Plato described as "Atlantis", a source of knowledge of a lost land that came down from the Egyptian priesthood to the Greeks,) some of the early 16th century explorers in this region referred to as "Norumbega", the seat of a once great, yet largely unknown, Native civilization (related to Algonquian people, yes, but what I mean is, "Native history in this area as you've never seen it"). The hillside I have described is not far from the Echo Lake Chamber I have posted about before, which is by the headwaters of the Charles, Blackstone and Sudbury Rivers.