Wednesday, January 26, 2022

New Blog- UFO & Paranormal Research Group

 New Blog- UFO & Paranormal Research Group

I am now running two blogs on the Internet- this blog will remain my "go-to" for ancient stone sites.  But, I have had UFO and "other-worldly" experiences basically my whole life.  With that said, I am a well-balanced person between work, exercise, and the pursuit of my own interests- people I work with for instance know me as a hard worker and believe it or not, I am basically a "no-nonsense" kind of a guy.    However, I was that kid who read books in 6th grade (back in the mid 1990's) such as "Chariots of the Gods?" by Erich Von Daniken, "The Fire Came By" by Baxter & Atkins, and various books on the Loch Ness Monster phenomenon, instead of paying attention to my schoolwork.

I recently started my own research group, the "Tri County UFO & Paranormal Research Group", which is meant to catalogue UFO sightings/ encounters and just about everything paranormal in my local area such as cryptozoology, the possible existence of D.U.M.B.S. (Deep Underground Military Bases), any anecdotes or tales about the Little People, etc., that may relate to the Middlesex (aka Metro-west), Worcester, and Norfolk counties area such as the towns of Ashland, Hopkinton, Holliston, Medway, Milford, Millis, Upton, etc.

The link to the new blog is here:

Tri County UFO & Paranormal Research Group 

   I feel it is important to log some of my past experiences in these matters, as well as to provide an open forum or website where other people in the community can provide their testimony/ sighting reports on these subject matters.  I am keeping my sources anonymous, although I am trying to keep track of date/ time, locations, etc. as best as possible.  

Another disclaimer: Some people avoid the field of these subjects as if it were a plague.  Other people are enjoy the research, almost as if it were a personal or life "quest."  My take on it is, if you are not meant to experience or believe any of these things, than most likely you won't.  If on the other hand, you have had such sightings or experiences happen, and you keep getting new insight and findings on these matters (I would include the findings of ancient stone sites on this list, at least pertaining to my own personal experience), than this is somebody with an open mind, who might have a reason for such things to have unfolded in one's life.

Whichever camp YOU, the reader fall into, I still invite you to enjoy the new blog and to read it.  Also, if you have something to share, then contact the blog or the e-mail address:

The blog is just getting started.  I want to pack it with as much information as possible.  Thank you!   

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Another Name Change to the Blog & the Why-With-All


Another Name Change to the Blog- the Why-With-All

  The readers of the blog may notice I have changed the name of the blog again--- sort of an homage to the original title, "Ceremonial Stoneworks of the NorthEast."  The title now reads: "Native Ceremonial Stoneworks, Great Ireland, Mud Fossils, Giants, & Atlantis In New England."  And of course, I have still included a mention of the Viking's "Vinland" in the sub-header of the description of the blog.  Although the exploits of Leif Erickson and the concept of a Vinland in New England is fascinating, (the Scandinavian ancestors on my mother's side of the family had the last name Erickson, so how can I not like those legends and bread crumbs of evidence), what is probably most significant is the ancient spiritual legacy of the American Indian, which is a subject of inquiry that many non-native people have a very dim understanding, or absolutely no understanding, of.  And to the best of my knowledge, there is SOME Native American ancestry in my family.  This has been verified by ancestral records-- however, this is sort of a "lost" ancestry of the Howes family, and the last time an ancestor in my family line would have been considered an "Indian" was well over 200 years ago, in the 1790's/ turn of the 19th century.  And the designation would have been "North Carolina Indian".  I think the family line was the "May" family, somebody of which married into the 'Howes' line some generations back.  Other than that I have Scandinavian ancestors who came to the US in the early 20th century, as well as a Scottish, English and French Canadian family line.  There has been no verification of a Native ancestor on my mother's side from the Quebec region other than a family legend and 'hearsay'.  Maybe it is true, but my mother's side of the family does not strike me as Native, no tell-tale signs of a hidden Native ancestry- there could be another explanation such as an Acadian ancestor (distinct from other French Canadians) or some such thing.  What I do know is that the "North Carolina Indian" ancestry on my father's side can be verified through old records.  My mother's family has lived in the Boston/ Providence area since the turn of the 20th century.

With all that being said.... I was literally born in the town of Holliston, MA.  Since my parents faith was that of Christian Science (not to be confused with another religion known as Scientology), I was not born in a hospital, but in my home-town- Christian Scientist's typically don't go to a doctor's, and people outside of the religion usually describe the doctrine of Christian Science as "metaphysical" although I have not really heard anybody in the Christian Science (CS) community describe it quite this way.  My father was a Vietnam War Veteran but he never wanted to talk much about it.  He would much rather share a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tape with us boys during a car ride and take us out for chicken wings or a movie after doing landscape work in the yard on a Saturday.  

I first went to the Upton, MA. Stone Chamber when I first heard about it when I was 18 or 19 years old (2002-2003.)  I am now 36, and have been researching the subject in some way ever since.  It is very well known among the antiquarian research community that the towns of Upton, Hopkinton, Milford, Holliston, Medway, Ashland, Mendon, etc., are chock-full of ancient stone ruins in the woods.  The first thing to probably understand is that there was a significant Algonquian Indian presence in this area- Ponkapoag, Nipmuc, Wampanoag, etc.  They were all loosely related but distinct bands and tribes of Native people.  The daily life of the Native American in pre-colonial times was largely spiritual- or rather, there was a spiritual component to their daily lifestyles.  They also perceived the world as animated with nature spirits.  This is actually a true thing.  Who could deny the animating power of a strong wind that can knock a tree down, for instance.  So yes, Native people in this region did construct ceremonial stone monuments.  Some of these features are/may be burials.  Other features are "prayer seats" used for vision quest.  Other features are simply prayers to the Great Spirit, or Catontoit, or some lesser nature deity, while some monuments may even be small open-air temples.  Other features of a Native origin may even symbolize a great serpent (stone rows), which is the trade-mark symbol of the expression for the telluric current of the universe.  This is an expression of the living earth itself- I think Gnostic researcher John Lamb Lash expresses this perfectly in his re-construction of the Gnostic narrative of the fall of the Wisdom Goddess, Sophia (basically a spiraling telluric current/ life-force from the pleromic core of the spiral arms of the galaxy, which shot out of the core and materialized as our planet- Lash even cites modern astronomical data and findings to back up his research.  His book, Not In His Image- Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief is well worth a read.)  These Native American serpent stone rows are also the same expression as a Tibetan/ Chinese dragon, and what the Australian aborigines call the "rainbow serpent."

With all that being said, there is also evidence and room that an ancient Celtic people once settled the area of New England.  Some of their predecessors, the Sea People, who sailed the ancient trade routes of the British Isles, Mediterranean and Near East certainly had navigated to the Americas before.  See Cyrus Gordon's book "Before Colombus" under the chapter "the testimony of the Greek authors."  These ancient Celts of the British Isles, who were a pre-Christian people, dressed in animal skins and erected stone monuments, etc., were made war upon as far back as almost 2,000 years ago by the war campaigns of Julius Caesar.  The New England stone chambers and some other stone ruins are of this ancient lost Celtic origin.  For more on the New England Celts, see my previous post from March 15, 2021.  This does not and should not negate the fact that ancient American Indian people also built stone monuments in their areas for their own purposes.  In fact, lately on Peter Waksman's Rock Piles blog, he has featured many stone ruin sites of a probable Native American origin from different provinces in Canada.  They look like the same style as ours in SouthEastern New England.  The inference is obvious- that in these particular cases, we are looking at American Indian stone ruins.  In fact, certain New England Native American descendants have gone up to different areas of Canada to re-learn some of their lost traditions (not necessarily related to stone sites, but in general).  Here is a link to some of Peter Waksman's "Recent Canadian Rock Piles Posts" .  

I have said it before and I will say it again- your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it's open.  The evidence that an Atlantis existed is a legitimate possibility- see some of my older posts.  Read what may be available to you at a local booksellers- something current- such as "America Before" or "Fingerprint of the Gods" by Graham Hancock for instance to get a sense that a lost world-wide civilization once existed, and was lost in a deluge (references to which exist in the Old Testament of the Judeo-Christian Bible.)  In my next blog post, I hope to take the reader on a journey to New Boston, New Hampshire, where some of the best evidence for the existence of Mud Fossils exist.  Stay tuned!                        

Monday, March 15, 2021

The Great Stone Mound Monument- Vestige of the New England Celts- Holliston, MA.

 The Great Stone Mound Monument-  Vestige of the New England Celts- Holliston, MA.

  "The true history of civilization is forbidden.  Powerful conspiracies try to allow only a distorted version to be expressed.  People... are actually under the sway of a dictatorial power that conditions their activities and behavior.  Our social and religious history has been falsified for thousands of years... The psychosis still continues in our time: textbooks, books on mythology and encyclopedias conceal the truth and present only the... mandatory version [of history]". - Robert Charroux, The Conspiracy of Falsehood, from the book Masters of the World, published 1967.

If one has ever been through my hometown of Holliston, MA., and driven down Prentice St., one might catch a glimpse of a giant stone mound amidst a field of green, which is now on land owned by the Pinecrest Country Club/ Golf Course.  To the un-initiated, one might think that this Great Stone Mound to be the result of field clearing done by the country club; however, the Pinecrest Country Club has owned the land only since 1955.  The Great Stone Mound was already there.  Okay, so perhaps it was the result of field clearing?  No, perhaps not.  The farmers who owned the land (the Howe family) before the Country Club in the early 20th century have no clue as to the Great Stone Mound's true origins.

Here is a picture of the Stone Mound, taken from a Holliston Reporter article:

In fact, here is a link to the Holliston Reporter article:

Holliston Reporter Archive- "The Rock Pile"

Notice that in the comments section, somebody mentions there is another (smaller) pile like it on the end of Burnap Ln., and another commenter asserts it is an Indian burial and that there are two mounds like it in Brookline.  This last commenter is close to the mark, but as we shall see, there were pre-colonial Celtic settlements that thrived throughout the New England area in pre-colonial times.

In the 1960's and 1970's there were written publications made by the Early Sites Research Group (no longer active) and the New England Antiquities Research Association regarding this Stone Mound in Holliston.  I believe one of these groups, back in those days, also published material about a similar mound that I want to say is in Boxborough, MA., although I do not have my hands on this source material- I have seen the booklet in the past, though, but it has been awhile.  If the other stone mound, identical to the Holliston counter-part, is not in Boxboro, it is in another town in that area such as Littleton, Acton, Ayer, or some such.

Another great Internet resource providing another article on this Stone Mound is Peter Waksman's Rock Piles blog.  Here is a link to his article on the Stone Mound:

Mill St. Holliston, Stone Mound- Rock Piles Blog

The comments section of this article is also worth a read.  Peter Waksman is an older gentleman (from my perspective), and I am lucky to have met him on several occasions.  One of these occasions was at the Holliston Historical Society where he was a visiting/guest speaker.  When Mr. Waksman mentioned the Great Stone Mound, Joanne Hulbert, Holliston town historian, wanted to put the mound in the context of late 19th century/ early 20th century field clearing by Mr. Howe and his farm hands.  Although professing not to know it's origin, Peter Waksman rightfully refuted Joanne Hulbert's statement.  

It is worth mentioning that Joanne Hulbert, Holliston Town historian, draws her conclusion of a late 19th/ early 20th century stone construction based on the following: that upon having built a stone construction, Mr. Howe told his farmhands to make sure that there was space enough for a horse and carriage to go around.  And that is basically the historical reference that we have concerning a stone construction in the field around Mill St./ Prentice St where the Great Stone Mound is located.   But wait a minute.  This reference says nothing about the construction of the Great Stone Mound itself.  It is, in fact, a likely reference to the stone wall built around the field.

Archaeologists involved in biblical archaeology in the early 20th century were excavating ancient Babylon/ Sumer.  Some of the artifacts they found, for instance, at the ancient city of Ur (ancient Sumerian city) were cunieform clay tablets.  It turns out that many of these ancient clay tablets were used for record-keeping purposes.  For instance, one clay tablet mentions the erection of the stone wall enclosures around the city- apparently the ancient Sumerian's standard measure of their stone walls was that the width had to be a certain length, and they had to be wide enough for a horse and carriage to go around.  The (later) ancient Romans, too, used this standard of measure.  Especially the openings of the stone wall enclosures- make sure they are wide enough for a horse and carriage to go around.  Or, if you would like, for two horse and carriages to go around (an ancient two-lane).  We see this same standard of measure in colonial New England right up to the early 20th century.  On the History Channel's "Curse of Oak Island" TV series, Season 8, Episode 17, the crew of the show find a cobbled stone road on the island (Nova Scotia), and the president of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) tells the crew that the cobbled road is wide enough for a horse and carriage, a standard measure from hundreds of years ago.  (The mystery here is that this cobbled road is built in a European style that predates the colonization of the area by hundreds of years- in other words, it looks like it belongs in the 12th-15th centuries.)

So, I have noticed that the stone wall enclosure around the field of Mill St./Prentice St. in Holliston (where the Great Stone Mound is) is a massive stone wall- this is probably the massive stone construction project undertaken by Mr. Howe and his farm hands in the late 19th/ early 20th century- the stone wall enclosure around the field, that is, and NOT the Great Stone Mound itself, for the mound was already there.  And, the openings of the stone wall enclosure around the field are INDEED wide enough for a horse and carriage to go through.  Today, the golf carts driven by golfers at the Pinecrest Country Club still drive through the opening of the stone wall enclosure, "wide enough for a horse and carriage to go through."

It is important to note that this section of Holliston is the Miller Hill area.  The field where the Great Mound sits is basically a plain at the foot of the hill.  There are other ancient stone ruins, too, on the other side of the woods of Miller Hill, behind Gorwin Dr.  I posted an article on this blog about a "Holliston MA. Mega-Stone-Mound" in October of 2014.  Peter Waksman too, has covered this site on his Rock Piles blog.  As Mr. Waksman's pictures are clearer, I will provide his link here as a resource.  If you wish to find my post, it is archived in the side panel of this blog (10/2014).  Here is the link to Peter Waksman's Rock piles site concerning the Miller Hill/ Gorwin Dr. Stone Mound:

Rock Piles Blog- Miller Hill Stone Mound

Now, the thing is, that these Stone Mounds, especially the style of stone mound represented on the land now belonging to the golf course, do in fact bear a striking resemblance to Neolithic stone mounds in Celtic areas such as Ireland and Scotland.  Some of these stone mounds are 5,000 years old.  Some examples (and I will provide links) would be the LoughCrew Cairns of the Boyne Valley of Ireland (also in the same area where the Newgrange passage chamber is.  Funny, the Great Stone Mound of Holliston is in the same area as the Upton Stone Chamber.)  Then there are the Grey Cairns of Camster Caithness, Scotland.  These are known as the Orkney-Cromarty type and are called the "Camster Rounds."  Also the Clava Cairns of Scotland came up in a search, as well as "Nether Largie" stone mounds.  Here are some quick links:

Wikipedia On LoughCrew Cairns, County Knowth Ireland 

Wikipedia On Camster Rounds of Scotland

World History Encyclopedia On the Clava Cairns, Scotland

As the stone cairn sites in the above links are various, I also encourage the reader to look at these sites, such as the LoughCrew cairns or Camster Rounds, with Google Images where one may find some more relevant pictures associating these Old World sites with a site such as the Stone Mound site in Holliston, MA.  I did want to provide some links with good information to these sites, however. 

It is interesting to note that these 5,000 year-old neolithic stone monuments from Ireland/ Scotland are in good repair.  The thing about building in stone is that it was meant to last forever.  Long after buildings and houses are gone, stone monuments should still be here.  The Great Stone Mound of the Holliston golf course is no exception.  

Also, below is a link to an earlier post in this blog here, from Thompson, CT.  The first 3 pictures are different angles of the same stone mound which is an identically built, although smaller, structure, similar to the Great Stone Mound of Holliston.  The base of these structures is the same.  When I visited this site in Thompson CT., the large stone mound, which comprise the first 3 pictures in the link below, was described to me as a "boat cairn."  It is termed thus because it is in the oblong shape of a boat.  At one end, the "nose" of the boat juts out.  Although the Thompson CT. stone mound is smaller than the Holliston Great-Stone Mound, both can be said to be "boat cairns."  Again, the bases of the cairn is the same, both have the same oblong shape, and both have a protrusion on one end of the oblong shape, representing the "nose" of the ship.  When I first saw this feature on the Holliston stone mound, I thought at first that this was one side of the stone mound wall that was getting ready to collapse or something (there is a small collapse but in a different spot), then I realized that this was an intentional feature built into the design of the stone mound and that I had seen this feature before in the Thompson CT. boat cairn.  The "nose" of the Holliston Stone Mound boat cairn points in the direction of Highland St.  I wish I had better pictures of the Thompson CT. "boat cairn" but at least I do have some pictures to share, which is the link right here:

Thompson, CT. Stone Mound Pics

Now, again, it is important to note that the Great Stone Mound of Holliston is not a stand-alone monument.  As I mentioned above, there is the other great stone mound on the other side of Miller Hill behind Gorwin Dr.  In fact, photos do not really do this large stone platform mound, which overlooks a swamp, justice.  This platform mound is surrounded by smaller cairns.  Also notable is that behind the driving range of the golf course there is a series of small hillocks which may be internment mounds.  On top of one of these small mounds is a druid's stone chair.  This is the equivalent of an ancient coronation stone.  William B. Goodwin features an example of a druid's stone seat in his book "The Ruins of Great Ireland in New England" on page 387, in which there is a nice black and white photograph of a druid's stone chair from Chester, New Hampshire.  Now, the druid's seat in Holliston behind the golf course is not a full sized boulder, it is a very large stone shaped out to be a chair.  As it is, the stone chair lays tossed over on it's back side.  Only upon close examination of this stone chair can one discern what it truely is.  There is, in fact, a notched groove on the back of the seat (this bears no resemblance to any modern quarry mark) that fits into a worked notch (supposed to click in place) on the boulder platform that this druid's stone seat is supposed to be erected upon, however at some point the stone chair was heaved off of the boulder platform and now lays on it's back-end side, and nobody notices such a thing.  As far as I know, I am the only one to notice this druid's stone seat.  Unless I pass this knowledge on, I am the last one to know such things.  This is also the general area where I found a certain quartz crystal artifact, in which there are only two other known examples of in the world- one found in Ohio, the other found in the English countryside, and the one in my possession from Holliston.

Anyway, these stone seats are Celtic in origin, hence the term a druid's seat/ stone chair.  They are the ancient equivalent of a coronation stone.  We need not go to the British Isles to study this, for they are found in New England as well.  One example of this is the Stone of Scone, which is currently in Westminster Abbey, UK.  Legend associates the Stone of Scone with the Lia-fail, which was the coronation stone of the High-Kings of Ireland.  The stone seats, some found in the British Isles, others in New England, are an older, more ancient equivalent of such as coronation stone.

In his book "Before Columbus", published 1971, Brendeis University professor Cyrus H. Gordon was adament that the ancients of the Old World, probably as far back as the Bronze Age, were sailing to, and perhaps even settling, the Americas.  One of the chapters of the book is titled "The Testimony of Greek Authors" in which he cites many ancient sources of knowledge of the Americas, such as the histories and testimonies of Theopompous (4th century BC), Diodorus of Sicily (1st century BC), Aelian, a Roman author of the 2nd century AD, and Strabo, of the 1st century BC.  Cyrus H. Gordon also mentions the works of Homer, and also that of Plato's account of Atlantis, in which is described a "true continent" which lay past the sunken island continent of Atlantis, which was said to be located in what is now the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  French author Robert Charroux also talked about the ancient Greek author Sanchuniathon in his works as having knowledge of the Americas.

That there were Celtic people living in the New England region in ancient, pre-colonial times there can be no question.  They preceded the Icelandic Vikings in settling Vinland, which is the New England region (see earlier posts on this blog.)  According to the Icelandic Saga of Thorfinn Karlesefni, which is a historical document from either 1001 AD or 1007 AD, there were already settlements of a Celtic-speaking people in Vinland, the New England area, which the Vikings came into contact with, even capturing some of these people who they were able to mutually communicate with.  The Icelandic saga of Karlesefni also states that these Celtic people built crude stone hovels, which may be the only historic reference we have to the building of the stone chambers in the New England/ Upstate New York region, such as the Upton Stone Chamber and the stone chambers of Gungywamp in Groton, CT.  According to William B. Goodwin, who wrote "the Ruins of Great Ireland in New England" in 1946, the New England stone chambers (of which there are hundreds) represent a Celtic style of stone architecture, which according to my research, does in fact seems to be the case.  Goodwin was the pre-eminent Icelandic scholar of his day, which eventually led him to pioneer the research of the earlier Celtic settlements of New England.   

There is also the testimony of language.  There is Bogastowe Brook, which is the Lake Winthrop area, by the Holliston/Medway town lines.  Bogastowe is a Celtic place name, or, if you would like, a hybridized Celtic/Algonquian Indian place name.  Holliston town historian Joanne Hulbert says that Bogastowe should also be spelled as "Paugastowe" which looks more like a correct Native place name.  However, what is important here is the phoenetic pronunciation, and the meaning of the word, not the spelling.  The ancient Celtic/Gaelic word "bog" (still in use in the English language) means "a watery place."  The Algonquian Paug, or Bog, also means "a watery place."  In other words, this is a borrowed word from the ancient Celtic New Englanders who settled the area thousands of years ago.  The seasonal "Indian" encampment on the shores of Lake Winthrop may have originally been a neolithic Celtic settlement that went Native.  The neolithic Celts had more or less the same culture as the Algonquian people, they would have set up wicki-ups or wigwams near a place of water much the same way as Native people did.  And if the cultures were compatible as I would infer, why wouldn't they have mixed together. 

Next, I will cite Magomisquog as an example.  Another hybrid Celtic/Indian place name.  Magomisquog is the Native place name for the hills of Milford, MA.  It means "the great/giant(s) rock affording a grand view"  Magog, or Gogmagog, is the Celtic word for a giant.  In the British Isles, a Mag's hill means a giant's hill.  Here we have a Mag's hill, or giant's hill, Magomisquog, in Milford MA.  Evidence that giants once existed has been found, in fact, in the hills of Milford (see earlier posts in this blog.)  It is an archeological enigma that a tenured professional would not want to touch with a ten-foot pole, yet the evidence is there, none-the-less.  Also note that a stone club has been found in Milford.  William B. Goodwin mentions in "The Ruins of Great Ireland in New England" that stone clubs have been found in New England before, that they have been mistakenly identified as American Indian, but that they are actually a Celtic artifact- they correspond to the stone age/ neolithic equivalent of the Celtic Mace, which was wielded by the king's or high priest's right-hand man (think of Man-At-Arms from He-man and the Masters of the Universe for a cartoon depiction of this.)  Also interesting is that the Cerne Giant, in England, which is a chalk figure of a Gogmagog, yields a mace, or club, in his right hand (see the book "Gogmagog: the Buried Gods" by TC Lethbridge for more information on this.)  That a stone mace was found at the foot of the hills of Magomisquog in Milford, MA., can be no coincidence.  

The last example I will cite is Monadnock.  This is a popularly climbed mountain which I cherish in Keene, New Hampshire.  Monad in Algonquian can mean a hill or mountain, and Monadh in Gaelic/Celtic also means a hill or mountain.  A "cnoc" in the Celtic/Gaelic language means a mountainous rocky crag, which is exactly what Mt. Monadnock is.  The "c" in "cnoc" is silent.  This is another Celtic word that slipped into the Algonquian language.  Again, what is important is the phonetic pronunciation and the word meaning.  The spelling of the word is subject to slight variants.  In his book "America B.C.", professor Berry Fell lists many dozens of Algonquian place names which match a Celtic counter-part in terms of phonetic pronunciation and meaning.  Most of his examples came from northern New Hampshire and Vermont.  I listed the three examples I am most familiar with personally.

To further illustrate the point of the connection between Celtic and NorthEast Algonquian language, I will list one more example from Dr. Fell's book America B.C.  Please note that Dr. Fell mastered Celtic language and literature while working on his doctoral degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  This made Dr. Fell uniquely qualified to study the Celtic monoliths and Stone Chambers of New England, and also to find and point out the connections between NorthEast Algonquian and Celtic languages.  The average archaeologist in the area does not have such a background in Celtic studies, and is therefore at a loss to explain such conundrums or "coincidences."  Anyway, here is one brilliant example of the similarity of language that Dr. Fell had pointed out, which is the Amoskeag River, which in Algonquian roughly means "one who takes small fish."  Dr. Fell recognized this word as the Celtic Ammo-iasgag, which means "small-fish stream."  Dr. Fell stated that this word must have been imparted to the Algonquians by the Celts, "but some details of the sense as well as the precise pronunciation have been blurred by the passage of time."  French author Robert Charroux even goes so far as to say that North America was the original homeland of the Celts, if one studies their ancient mythology, before the wars of the Tuatha de Danon and certain world-cataclysms.   

I will also give an example here, of an earlier post from my blog, of the stone monument shrine I came across in the woods of Medway behind Fisher St. in 2012.  This stone monument is aligned to the Winter Solstice Sunrise, which is an ancient high holiday of the Celtic people.  Some researchers think this is an ancient rite that was observed all the way back in the times of Lost Atlantis.  The link is here, from when NEARA (New England Antiquities Research Association) regional co-ordinator Peter Anick and I went to the stone monument one year to record the winter solstice sunrise firsthand:

Winter Solstice At Ancient Stone Monument, Medway, December 2014

As Robert Charroux pointed out in his book "The Gods Unknown", the Celtic Civilization was the mother of all civilizations.  Behind the driving range of the golf course, there are two stone towers.  These are modern/early 20th century.  However, the "two towers" symbolism is a use of ancient Celtic symbology for something very important- J.R.R. Tolkien even uses this symbolism in his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.  Also of note is that there does seem to be smaller "Beaker style" burial mounds in the swamps along the banks of the stream behind what is now the golf course, where the Great Stone Mound of Holliston is located.  The Beaker People were neolithic stone-age Celtic people, associated with the stone monuments of the British Isles.  They would bury their dead, place a boulder over the burial pit, build a small rock cairn on top of/around the boulder, usually this being an artistic expression of the interred person who passed on, and then mounded the whole thing up with Earth.  I notice these small mounds literally everywhere near swampland in my area.  The thing about this is, in all the Massachusetts Archeological literature, which is thousands of tomes, and a couple of hundred years old now, there is no reference anywhere to any Native American burials found in such a context- they do find Native burials in other contexts, however.  I can only conclude that this is another issue that these professionals do not want to touch with a ten-foot pole.  So, perhaps these small mounds are Celtic burials, which for some reason, we are forbidden to know about the meaning of this.  The land of Tir Nan Og, the "Other World' of the Celts, which was real in both a literal sense as well as a magical sense, was also known as 'the land of the hills."  A very fitting description of New England, but I would also say it might be a reference to these burial mounds, as well.

In fact, here are some links to my earlier blog posts concerning the Stone Chambers at Gungywamp in Groton, CT.:

Gungywamp Chambers; King's Chamber & Mother Earth Chamber

I also did a general re-cap of many of the Stone Chambers I had visited in the local area, driving out from my hometown of Holliston.  This is relevant because, it puts the Great Stone Mound of the Holliston golf course in the context of these other stone structures.  Here is the link:

Some regional Stone Chambers, Standing Stones, & Dolmens

Also, I came across an ancient Standing Stone Obelisk one time in the woods of Sherborn, MA.  Right next door to Holliston, due east.  Who knows what the story of this is.  Maybe I did find Atlantis:

Sherborn, MA. Stone Obelisk and Stone Statue Ruin

Another thing I noticed about the Great Stone Mound on the golf course, when I was looking at it earlier this winter is this- there are no quarry marks on any of the stones, yet some of the stones are rough, but I noticed they had been split from nearby bedrock ledge by a burning method- which is a very ancient method for rock quarrying.  Also, there is a slight collapse on one of the sides, and on another side, it looked as if some stones had been taken OUT of the pile- perhaps Mr. Howe and his farm-hands needed a few extra stones for the stone wall enclosure they built around the field in the late 19th/early 20th century.

So, lets weigh the evidence.  Although it cannot be conclusively proved when the Great Stone Monument was built, I would say it is either a Neo-lithic Era/Bronze Age Celtic monument, built by the New England Celts, or later, sometime between the 12th-15th centuries, post Celtic settlement and post-Viking Vinland of New England, but before the historical colonial era of 1492.  This would place the monument in the same league as the Newport Tower in Rhode Island, or the Westford Knight petroglyph, the Sinclair expeditions, Oak Island, etc. 

One final thought is this: Before New England was officially colonized in 1620 by the English, Italian explorer Giovanni de Verrazano explored Narragansett Bay and the New England region in 1524.  He described the Native inhabitants as being slightly less dark than a black African as well as groups of other Native people who looked like European peoples but with a tan.  The homogenous, pure-blood look of the American Indian in the New England region was dark-skinned, an ignorant person might even confuse a Native person as passing for an African American.  To get a good sense of the complexion of Native people, there is a full-color portrait which survives to us, of the Narragansett Sachem (Chief) Ninigret from the 1650's.  This portrait is that of a Narragansett sachem.  Place him in today's street clothes and people might profile him as an African American.  So we know who the dark-skinned Natives are mentioned in 1524 by Verrazano.  But who are the light-skinned Natives who look like Europeans but with a tan?  I am going to have to put political correctness aside.  These people were the New England Celts, or the descendants of the New England Celts.  In his book "The Lost Colony of the Templars" published 2004, author Steven Sora points out that in Nova Scotia, there is an ethnic group of people known as the Jack-A-Tars.  They are the mixed blooded descendants of MicMac people and Basque fishermen.  The Basque fishermen, however, were already sailing from the Mediteranean to Nova Scotia in the days before Columbus even set sail!  We have a great place for fishing down here in Massachusetts too, it is known as Cape Cod Bay.  Steven Sora also mentions in his book that some North American Native tribes have an ancient DNA strand not shared with other American Indian tribes or Asians, but that this is a common strand shared with Europeans.

To sum up, there were ancient Celtic settlements in New England, as we can glean from early Icelandic accounts and enigmatic stone structures.  It was these ancient Celts, or their descendants, who built the Great Stone Mound on what is now the Pinecrest Country Club by Mill St./Prentice St. in Holliston, MA.  There are other structures around it, such as mounds, a druids stone coronation seat, and a giant stone platform mound on the other side of the woods from Miller Hill.  The local place names and other artifacts also attest to a Celtic settlement sometime before the recorded history of the region.

*Please note: There is a TV show on a local News network in the area, a sort of popular program called "Chronicle."  The reporters find interesting things around the New England region and report on it.  The Stone Mound on the Holliston golf course was featured on the show once.  Disappointingly, when the current owner of the Country Club was interviewed, she cited the false claim that the structure was built around the turn of the 20th century- there is no evidence to support this other than the fact that there was, in fact, a stone construction project around the field at that time, and that the landowner, Mr. Howe, had the specifications of his project built so that it would be "wide enough for a horse and carriage to go around".  What everybody has missed, including town historians, is that this is a reference to a standard measure of a stone wall enclosure.  Looking at the stone wall around the field, this alone would have been a major undertaking- the stone wall is also as "wide as a wagon" which is another standard measure for stone wall construction since ancient Babylonian, Roman, and Colonial times up through the early 20th century.  Analyzing the opening in the giant stone wall enclosure around the field, which can be considered as a true gate, for the stone wall enclosure constructed by Mr. Howe and his farm-hands was really THAT big, it is indeed wide enough for a horse and carriage to go around, which almost absolutely confirms the reference to Mr. Howe's stone construction project was in regards to the Stone wall, and NOT the stone mound.  Today, golfers still drive their carts through this very gate.  People, including town historians, have erroneously attributed the historical reference to the building of the dimensions of the stone wall to the stone mound, not knowing any better.  Again, the stone wall itself would have been a massive undertaking.  I am not selling anybody short, I work with stone myself, I know how hard it is.  I would compare this conundrum to a game of "telephone."  If "Grandpa Raymond" for instance, was one of the builders who helped to build the stone wall around the field, and grandson or great-grandson only hears this from Raymond's daughter, aka Mom, all of a sudden did you know, "Grandpa Raymond" helped to build that stone mound- in other words, everybody is too quick to assume that the historic reference is to the building of the Stone Mound, and they have overlooked the massive Stone Wall which would have been a massive project, because the horse and carriage reference as a "standard" measure of stone wall building has gone over everybody's heads.  I felt that this point needed some extra clarification as it is the key to understanding who built what and when.  We no longer live in an agrarian culture, perhaps to our own detriment, so the horse and carriage reference is no longer well understood.   

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Medusa, Atlantis, Lilith, New England & Totem Spirits

                               Medusa, Atlantis, Lilith, New England & Totem Spirits

I saw an interesting episode of the History Channel's "Forged In Fire" last night.  It was a re-run of Season 7, Episode 1's "The Sword of Perseus."  The blacksmiths had to re-create the sword of Perseus, who was a Titan, one of the sons of Zeus.  It is a leaf-shaped sword, the famous sword which decapitated the snake-witch gorgon Medusa.  I realized I had seen this very same sword many times before.  Ignatious Donnelly, who wrote 'Atlantis: the Antediluvian World" features variations of this sword in his classic book.  There are two versions of this book, and I have copies of both versions.  There is the modern revised (abridged) version which features additional commentary by Atlantis scholar Egerton Sykes.  The version I am referring to is Donnelly's Classic Illustrated Edition of 1882, page 250, about the Bronze Age.  There is an illustration showing variations of this bronze-age sword from Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, as well as a variation found in a mound in Tennessee, North America.  This attests to widespread distribution of this sword in the ancient past as well as to trans-atlantic oceanic voyages.

Let us see what Steven Sora has to say about Medusa in his book "The Triumph of the Sea Gods, The War Against the Goddess Hidden in Homer's Tales."  Pages 93-94 say; "The Land of Medusa:  Homer's story was told as the religions of the world's cultures were changing from matriarchal to patriarchal.  Although the story is told in myth, the myth is grounded in history.... the powerful serpent goddess gave way to Medusa, a demoness with serpents in her hair.  medusa, born on an island in the Atlantic, was one of the Gorgons.  The gorgons were children of Phorcys (the Old Man of the Sea) and the Nereid Ceto.... The story of Hercules and another tale of Perseus sent to kill Medusa both likely recall an ancient rivalry.  Because of the strategic location, the rivalry may have been over trade, or... of patriarchal culture rebelling and challenging and older matriarchal culture..."

Note: It is my contention that vestiges of this older matriarchal culture was to be found in various Native societies of the New World.  This should be obvious to anyone who knows anything about the matriarchal emphasis of many North American Indian groups.

Next, let us see what Robert Charroux has to say about Lilith in his book, "The Mysterious Past": "There are certain traditions, admittedly no more consistent than the Bible story, which claim that Eve was not the first woman to be created... the Serpent was in fact the Devil who brought knowledge to mankind.... according to the Talmud the principle female demon was Lilith, who was depicted with a mass of long hair.... whatever the case, according to the commentators, at the root of our genealogical tree we seem to have had an ancestor... who was a demon."  Robert Charroux also emphasizes that both Adam and Lilith were made from the red clay of the Earth.  It is important to note that red clay is equated with the first race of modern homo sapien sapiens, aka Atlanteans, or "the Red Atlanteans" as they have been referred to since antiquity.  Eve came later, from Adam's rib.  Ignatious Donnelly also points out in "Atlantis: The Antediluvian World" that "Among the Arabians the first inhabitants of that country are known as the Adites, from their progenitor, who is called Ad...  these Adites were probably the people of Atlantis or Ad-lantis... the Adites are remembered by the Arabians of gigantic stature...and they easily moved enormous blocks of stone.  To this day the Arabs say 'as old as Ad.'"

To further emphasize this point, I refer to Nick Redfern's book "Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster."  In the chapter "serpent cults, scorpion men & dr. dee", Redfern says of the sea-serpent of loch Morag: "The fact that Carmichael termed the Morag 'half human and half fish' while others have described it as definitly serpentine, is a good indicator that, like the kelpies of loch Ness, the Morags were shapeshifters."

I have cited known evidence for a serpent cult in the New England region in the deepest of antiquity in other posts of this blog.  Of stone serpent artifacts there are two types: the regular snake, which was practical, used in the rights of the diseased (the snake hibernates, like the diseased, and sheds its skin, aka entrance into the other world of the after-life.)  There is nothing wrong with this symbolism.  It is the next category which concerns me: the supernatural "great horned serpent."  As a nature element, it is neutral, for we need the active weather patterns and the cycles of nature to sustain us.  However, it is the shapeshifting trickster element of the great horned serpent, found in Iroquois legend for instance, which is concerning.  There are many parallels to these traditions and ancient Celtic traditions, but that is neither here nor there for the purposes of this essay.  There may be shapeshifters (skinwalkers?) among us.  They may be related to the Fallen Angels of Biblical lore.  In the ancient North American Indian tradition (such as the Iroquoian legends I remember learning about when I was growing up), the great horned-serpents were shapeshifters and evil tricksters- they would show up as beautiful maidens, for instance, only to "steal" people and bring them into the realm of the "other world."  This is the same supernatural powers that the sea serpents of the Celtic lands, such as the water kelpies of Loch Ness, are said to have.  In the ancient North American tradition, such beasts or tricksters could only be defeated by a hero who obtained some special power, such as from a gemstone or crystal.  In the Celtic lands, it was the early Christian church fathers such as St. Columba, abbot of Iona in the 6th century AD, and great grandson of the Celtic "Kahn" or "-Conn" (-Con being the proper Celtic title or surname for the succession of high kings- the ancient Celts travelled all over the world, the great Asiatic Genghis Kahn probably had a remote Celtic ancestor) known as Con-all Gulban who had the power to ward off the great sea serpent, such as the one inhabiting loch Ness.  The first written record we have of the Loch Ness monster comes from St. Columba's banishing of the beast in the sixth century AD.  Before the Christian era, what means did the ancient Celts employ to ward off such mystical serpents?  The parallels between the ancient Celtic traditions and the North American counterpart would probably be striking.

And as we know, the East Coast of the North American seaboard, very much including the New England region, is full of sea-serpent lore- the Gloucester Sea-serpent, the Mann Hill beach serpent, Champie of Lake Champlain, as well as reports from lakes in New Hampshire, etc. are all full of such lore.  I heard once from an older Milford man that the lake in Sutton, MA., is also reported to have a sea serpent (I intend on following up on this lead- however it is on the backburner.)  

We are dealing here with the realm of the supernatural.  Taking a cue from the book "Passport To Magonia: from Folklore to Flying Saucers" by renowned ufologist Dr. Jacques Vallee, "the behavior of nonhuman visitors to our planet, or the behavior of a superior race co-exisiting with us on this planet, would not necessarily appear purposeful to a human observer."  He also stated: "Observation and deduction agree, in fact, that the organized action of a superior race must appear absurd to the inferior one.  That this does not preclude contact and even cohabitation is an obvious fact of daily life on our planet, where humans, animals, and insects have interwoven activities in spite of their different levels of nervous system organization."  Dr. Vallee also says, "When the underlying archetypes are extracted...the [saucer]* myth is seen to coincide to a remarkable degree with the fairy-faith of Celtic countries, the observations of the scholars of past ages," and that, "the entities human witnesses report to have seen, heard, and touched fall into various biological types.  Among them are beings of giant stature, men indistinguishable from us, winged creatures, and various types of monsters...."

As author Nick Redfern points out in his book "Nessie- Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster", one of the marks that distinguishes the water kelpie, or sea serpent, from a normal snake or beast, is the distinguishable humps of this supernatural serpent on the back of the neck.  Regular serpents do not have these humps.  Disturbingly, I have come across a stone idol bust of a snake with protruding humps on the back of the neck- a sign of it's supernatural or paranormal origin.  Again, this idol should be distinguished from a regular snake idol, as I tried to cogently outline in one of the above paragraphs.  I would not classify this artifact as belonging to any regularly known group of ancient people.  Perhaps there have always been certain bloodlines of "snake-people" (think Thulsa Doom of Conan the Barbarian/ Kull the Conqueror fable) that have intermingled with ordinary bloodlines of people, this being a world-wide phenomenon.  And it may not be relegated to the ancient past alone- maybe it is still going on, now, albeit more pacified/ subtle.  This brings to mind St. Patrick driving all the serpents out of Ireland.  My recommendation is, if you come across such a relic, I do not advocate destroying it, as that may be illegal.  However, you should cover it over with something and place a cross in the area, one can do this even with sticks.  And make sure to invoke the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for protection/ help. (Yes... Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan/ Kull, also had another character Solomon Kane, a puritan demon-slayer/ witch hunter.)

Did an ancient band of warriors make it their mission to hunt down and eradicate these snake-people?  The distribution of bronze-age swords, the leaf-shaped sword of Perseus mentioned at the beginning of this article, which was said to have been used to slay the Medusa may attest to this.  These swords have been found in such far away places as Switzerland and North America.  If this was the case, and perhaps the progenitor of their race was Lilith, my guess would be that these "snake-people" were never fully eradicated- they have probably interbred with us, modern homo sapien sapiens, to some degree.

I also wanted to say a word about spirit totems.  There can be many good spirit totems, but bad ones exist as well.  Remember, it is important to keep your house/ property/ surroundings clean and free of clutter.  A malevolent spirit totem could reside in a dead tree, for instance.  In the early 2000's in the state of Arkansas or Georgia (or thereabouts) the mummified remains of a dog was found in a tree stump by loggers.  To this day the tree stump and the mummified dog are displayed in a museum (I want to say this is Georgia but I am not 100% certain.)  Now, the spirit world exists.  Don't believe me?  I recommend reading a copy of "The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet, first published in 1746.  My point is this- if the "spirit" of a dead dog can inhabit a dead tree, what else can inhabit a dead tree?  I would guess all kinds of things- dead giants, ancient sorcerers, nature elementals, etc.  So watch out!  The thing about lingering spirits is, you do not want them to haunt an area.  We, the flesh and blood people who rightfully live in this realm of existence, should not have to put up with lingering spirits.  They need to move on.  If they are stuck here, good or bad, then they are probably stuck here for all the wrong reasons.  Again, my tip for this is to make sure your surroundings are clean, free of clutter, and that the energy is good.  My view is, certain poles/dead trees are conduits for certain energies, energies being spirits in this case.  For example, if I look out my back woods and think I see someone standing there staring at me, and then I realize its just a "trick of the eye", an upright log/dead tree pole, I am TOTALLY walking out into the backwoods and cutting/knocking the dead tree down and dismantling it into small pieces to be hauled off to the town dump.  If there is a spirit at all, and it is lingering around, even if it is a gentle spirit, it needs to MOVE ON.  I would encourage anybody reading this to think the same way.  The problem is, the local town forests are full of such things, because unless if its on a trail, nobody bothers to clean it up and the mess just stays there, which is a conduit for attracting these energies.  So, just a little disclaimer and some food for thought.  Also, if you (the reader) think there are lingering energies/ spirits around your place, but are not sure, I recommend getting in touch with a psychic medium who would be sensitive to such things.  The gist of it is, make sure you keep a clean house.

Now, not all totems are bad.  But usually, the expression of a GOOD totem is expressed in a totem pole or wood carving/ statue, made by a living, creative artist who does such a thing for the benefit of the community, or respectfully maintained by the living descendants of such artist(s).  The totems I described in the above paragraph bear an earie resemblance to certain supernatural intelligences some people have reported contacting during say, an Ayahuasca trip (of which I have no first hand experience, but reading such accounts is a fascinating psychological study in and of itself.)  Again, this opens up many new lines of inquiry such as metaphysics, the space/time continuum, quantum mechanics, etc.  How much do we not know?  And should we?    

These are just some observations, make of it what you will.  But it needs to be said.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts.  I will set out to definitively prove that the stone pile on the Holliston golf course is not an early 20th century folly, but is in fact, as well as other mounds like it (such as in Boxborough, MA., & East Thompson CT., etc.) an ancient Celtic burial (hint: the stone wall surrounding the field was built in the early 20th century; like a game of telephone, people have mistakenly thought this great endevor was related to the stone mound).  I will also get into the etymology of some of the local ancient place names in my local area, showing the Celtic root of the "Indian" names. 

*Note: Although Dr. Jacques Vallee was/is a prominent UFO researcher, a lot of what he says, especially when comparing UFO occupant encounters to the "fairy faith" tradition of the ancient Celts, is relevant to the wider complex of paranormal phenomenon in general.

**Also note: I just saw the newer version of the movie "Clash of the Titans" earlier today (2/19/21)- Perseus being the main hero.  Some additional points to quickly address: Although the stories setting, for the Hollywood movie, and in the minds of many of the viewers, is simply Greece and the surrounding environs, this is traditionally not true- the hero's journey is always an epic odyssey.  I already quoted above from Steven Sora's "Triumph of the Sea Gods" where he reveals that the island of the Medusa was out in the mid-Atlantic ocean-- very far away from Greece and it's environs.  Unfortunetly this is not portrayed in the movie and even in some of the printed mythology itself.  It may very well be that the Celtic concept of Tir Nan Og, the land of the "other world" beyond the ocean waters (North America, as the stone chambers and monuments attest) is related to the "other world" of the hero's journey in classical Greek myth.  I think some of the old-time anthropologists who are no longer with us, like the T.C. Lethbridge types, would agree.  Also concerning the Medusa: she was but one of many gorgons, not THE gorgon.  According to Algonquian legend, in ancient times, there were powerful "witches" or medicine people, in this case referred to as the "bad people" (black magicians, in other words) who had the power to turn people, animals, and objects into stone.  I do believe that there is a common thread here, between traditions of the Medusa, or the gorgons (who were widely distributed throughout the ancient world), the tradition of Lilith, the supernatural elements and shape-shifting related to lake monsters and water kelpies such as Loch Ness and Lake Champlain, and black magic.  Come to think of it, the stone head I blogged about some posts back I had previously categorized as the Mud Fossil of a living giant (living organism inundated in a flood, crystalizing into stone, which is a true phenomenon.)  This could still be the case.  However, the stone idol of the snake with the humps on the back of the neck (normal snakes do not have these humps- these humps are only associated with the supernatural sea serpents, etc.), was in fact found in relative proximity to where the stone head is to be found (they are still there in place, I am certainly not taking such objects home with me, nor am I spilling the beans of their location on a public format).  It is possible that the stone head could be the petrified head of a Native or Celtic warrior, victim to the Medusa (or gorgon, or black magician if you will).  And the stone serpent idol could have been an idol belonging to the demoness herself.  See my previous posts for more detail on the stone head.  

Again, stay tuned for the next post.  The theme will be a happier one.  Hopefully there are no more Medusa's walking in our midst.  Next post I will examine a specific type of stone mound found in the local area, and I will show how these are not stand-alone monuments, there are other stone relics associated with them (such as Celtic stone thrones, etc.)  Stay tuned!                             

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Changed the Name of the Blog... Again

Changed the Name of the Blog... Again

I felt that the title of this blog should be all-inclusive given the scope and nature of my research.  For instance, the history of Vinland is but one chapter in the ancient history of New England.  Native American land use and ceremonial stone constructions is another chapter(s).
I have also come to the conclusion that in pre-deluvian times, meaning, before the last global flood as well as other significant Earth changes, there is an entirely lost pre-history/ era on Earth that we moderns barely know about.... anything having to do with "the Land of the Gods" is known about in only a very fragmented sense.  For instance, before the current 23 degree tilt in the Earth's axis, the North Pole region was further south from where it is now, including in the Quebec and northern New England region.  I believe this is significant.

Therefore, the new name of this blog will be "Vinland, Great Ireland, Native StoneWorks, Mud Fossils, Giants & Atlantis In New England."   As I said, this new title is a bit more all-inclusive given the scope and focus of my research.

To stress the point, here is a partial list of stone constructions and the era of our Earth's history they pertain to:

Pyramid Hills such as in Milford, MA., Blue Hills MA., Monument Mountain, MA., etc.= pre-deluvian ("Atlantean.").  The works of the "gods" or "giants."

Stone Chambers= Celtic, Native American /Celtic hybrid.

Stone Cairns/ Stone Mounds= Native American, sometimes Celtic, sometimes Viking, depending (the Viking ones are "oval" or boat shaped.)

Stone Walls= pre-deluvian remnants, also Celtic, Native American (stone rows), and colonial


I hope you see my point.  I also hope the reader has enjoyed my last several posts and I look forward to many more! 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Remembering Vinland

Remembering Vinland

Through diligent research, integrity, and intellectual honesty, I have decided to once again re-name my blog- it will now be known as 'Remembering Vinland'.

Several things have occurred to me- first of all, as seen in my last post, scholarly research into Atlantis and other "Lost Civilizations" is a serious, tangible inquiry that has yielded quite a few results in favor of the former existence of such places- Atlantis having been an island continent in the Northern Atlantic Ocean.  The ancient Celts in particular had a strong cultural rememberence of this, which gave rise to the notion of TirNanOg, Avalon, Atlantis, The Land of the Hills (most likely New England, referring to the morning fogs, mounds and Stone Chambers), etc.  The problem is, the pre-Christian Celtic world, even the names of the ancient great monarchs, are mostly lost and/or obscured from history.

TirNanOg for instance was "the land of the Other World beyond the Western Ocean."  As author Robert Charroux had explained in one of his books, this was true in both a literal sense as well as a magical sense.  My interpretation of the New England/ upstate New York Stone Chambers has come to be thus- they were the Sun temples of the Celtic Sun God Bel (aka Baal), but probably also the final resting places of some of the ancient Celtic monarchs- for instance, the twin chambers at Gungywamp (which is an ancient Celtic word, and not a Native Algonquian term), in Groton CT., may have been the resting place of a male and female monarch, possibly somebody with the prefix -Con as a title to their name, ancestors of St. Colomba, abbot of Iona circa 565 A.D.- these were sea-faring people.  For instance, the King may have been buried in the Sun Chamber, the Queen in the "Mother Earth" Chamber.
And, in fact, a Celtic urn (possibly a burial urn with former cremated remains) was indeed found in one of the Stone Chambers by two amateur enthusiasts at Gungywamp many decades ago- the sample, when handed over to professional archaeologists for further analysis simply disappered and was never heard from again.

We do know that the Norsemen's Vinland, circa 1000 A.D. which was the New England region, was a reference meaning "VineLand" (an abundance of wild grapes), which in turn referred to an earlier Celtic settlement of New England by sea-faring Celts- references of encounters with these people, who spoke an Irish language are referrenced in some of the Sagas of the Icelanders such as the account of Thorfin Karlesefni- in one excursion in New England, aka Vinland, circa 1001 A.D., two Irish-speaking boys were captured (two of the ancient New England Celts), and they gave the names of their parents and two Irish Kings their people paid tribute to who lived across "the great water" of the Atlantic Ocean- one of their names (off the top of my head- I have no notes for this post, but will for my next post- this post is really just an "announcement" post)- was King Avalldamon.  These two Celtic boys also told the Norsemen that their people built crude stone fortifications and "dens" which sound very much like Stone Chambers to me.  This is documented evidence from the Icelandic Sagas circa 1000 A.D. that Celtic people were already in the New England region and preceded Viking exploration of the area.  And what is more, we have a reference to this Celtic people building in stone- the New England Stone Chambers are an exact match of their counterparts from the ancient western European seaboard region.  

I do not exclude that there were probably Stone Chambers built which represented a Celtic/ Native American hybrid type of stone construction- in fact, I very much get that sense when looking at some of the Stone Chambers.  But, lets be realistic- we have the above-mentioned account of ancient Celtic people building crude stone forms of architecture in ancient New England.  When one goes to King Philip's rock for instance, which is a Wampanoag sacred place, we  are looking at a fortified natural rock den/cave, which is nothing like a Stone Chamber.  The Stone Chambers are Celtic, not Native American.

William B. Goodwin, who wrote "The Ruins of Great Ireland in New England" in 1946 was at that time, the world's pre-eminent scholar on the Icelandic Sagas.  Yet, in today's environment, his research has been disregarded and trashed by so-called "antiquarians", such as the members of NEARA, some of whom are not really antiquarians at all.  In other words, people like William B. Goodwin and Berry Fell should be respected, but instead their findings have become belittled and trashed because it does not fit certain accepted narratives and notions of ancient history, even when the evidence is already "in."  (Some of this evidence that becomes "in" apparently disappears.)  

Vinland went by the names Great Ireland and Albania, among other names.  Today there is still an Albany, upstate New York, the only other region besides New England where the Stone Chambers are present.  One has to wonder why certain groups of colonists named Albany as such in the first place.  Grapes were sacred to Celtic people, as it was the main ingredient in their initiatic drink greal, which later merged with the concept of "the grail" in later Christian times (read "The Wine That Causes Insanity" from the book "Masters of the World" by Robert Charroux.)  SouthEastern New England, the home of the most Stone Chambers, is Vinland, the land of the grapes.  Many native muscat grapes and others grow wild in my area.  The Concord grape was perfected in Concord, MA. in the late nineteenth century.  I enjoy plucking and eating wild grapes off the vine this time of year in Holliston, Milford, etc.  In fact, the Celtic folklore states that the Tuatha de Dannon (ancient cultural initiators of the Celts) brought the first grapes to the European Celts from TirNanOg, the "land of the other world across the western ocean."  The Tuatha de Dannon were survivors from Atlantis.

Also, concerning Stone Walls.  According to the 1890's survey of New England stone walls, there was more stone walls at that time than could go around the circumference of the Earth more than ten times.  Therefore, it is a statistical impossibility that all New England stone walls were built between 1620 and the 1890's.  This is because many New England stone walls, such as the ones that run up granite ledges and into mega-ton boulders, (thus qualifying as megalithic structures in their own right) were built by the ancient New England Celtic people- it stands to reason then, that some of the stone cairns associated with these walls are also ancient Celtic in origin.  

For some reason. the real ancient history of this land has been forgotten.  There are academics and archaeologists who are currently engaged in trying to erase this very important history.  There are people from NEARA for instance who convinced some of the representatives of the local tribes such as the Narragansett that the Stone Chambers were built by their ancestors.  Peter Waksman was one of these people- he is not really an antiquarian in any true sense, but rather, was thinking in terms of conservationism- which is a good idea.  However, the subject has become more befuddled and confused than ever due to this.  It took a long time for a younger researcher such as myself to ascertain the true nature of the ancient Stone Chambers and other ruins.  Therefore, this blog will be herefore known as "Remembering Vinland."      



Thursday, September 3, 2020



Magomisquog is the traditional place name for the hills of Milford, MA. in the Algonquian language.  It means "the great rock affording a grand view."  It's real meaning may be obscured, meaning- "the giant's rock affording a grand view."  Please bear with me.  The "-MA" prefix of Magomisquog means "great."  It also shows up in the word "Massachusetts."  (A "-chusett" is a mountain or hill, as in Wachusett.  The Massachusett people were/are "the great people living by the hill", in this case the Blue Hills outside of Boston.)  However, this tribe is also commonly referred to as the Ponkapoag tribe.  So if the prefix "-MA" means "great", as in giant, are the modern day and historical people really one and the same as the "Massachusett", or, in this name, as we are seeing, were the ancestors of the Ponkapoag paying tribute to the former glory of "the gods"?- in this case, Algonquian cultural initiators such as the giants Glooscap and Moshup, etc.  I have good reasons to suspect that certain hills, such as the Blue hills and the hills of Milford, MA., were the crude pyramid-like hills of these giants- some of these reasons I will get into in this post.

  • As I noted in a previous article, the place name Magomisquog seems to share a phonetic affinity with Magog, or Og, the giant of the Old Testament of the Judeo-Christian Bible, who survived the flood by clinging to the roof of the Ark.  The Old Testament also affirms that before the Tower of Babel fell, all of humanity on the face of the Earth spoke but one tongue- this is a reference to an antediluvian (pre flood) era, which is an era of our human history which is steeped in the highest antiquity and mystery to us modern folk.  In the old Celtic lands of Western Europe a giant was referred to as a "Gogmagog."  (See the book "Gogmagog- the Buried Gods" by T.C. Lethbridge.)  
  • Now lets come back to New England.  Surviving legends from the Abenaki tribe (New Hampshire, Vermont, etc.) say that the Creator punished the giants and sent a flood, turning them into stone.  I take this legend literally, because I have seen the evidence first-hand of what this traditional Abenaki folk-memory is talking about.  I have seen the remains in the Milford area of  a "mud fossil" of a giant's head.  Mud fossils are created from an inundation of water, i.e., a flood.  Instead of the living organism breaking down as usual, the organism inundated by water will crystalize under the right conditions and becomes petrified, turning into stone.  The stone head I mention would have been that of an individual some 9 to 12 ft. in height.  I have not done an exact measurement of the giant's head, but it is obviously rather larger than that of a modern person's.  Other details are that are that on one side of the face, the blood vessels would have popped, and one can see just that on the stone face- grainy reddish pock-marks in the stone.  Lastly, the giant's face is a gap, wearing the facial expression one would expect to see of somebody who was suddenly caught in a flood.  As further evidence of the Mud Fossil theory in this area, I have noticed that some of the boulders are the mud fossil remains of the mega-fauna from antediluvian times.  For instance, near the New England Mountain Bike Association memorial, Vietnman woods, in Milford, is the mud fossil of a giant sea turtle.  The casual observer may not notice these things, however.  Many boulders in this area are actually the mud fossil remains of extinct mega-fauna from before the flood.  Some antiquarian researchers and even some Native people have gotten the wrong idea of the interpretation of these boulders- I have seen current revisionist diagrams of a drawing representing a Native person pounding a boulder out with stone tools, say, 1,000 years ago or so, to make the boulder look like an animal.  This is a totally wrong interpretation.  These boulders were once living creatures that were caught in a flood and turned to stone.  We need to wise up and listen to traditionalist Native elders when they say- "the stones themselves were once alive."  In modern times, the Mud Fossil theory echoes what Native elders were saying- the problem is, modern people (mostly) are not willing to believe it- including some of these so-called antiquarian researchers.  In fact, I have found sea-shells in three different areas in the hills of Milford, due to digging during construction projects- when I showed my archaeologist friend a sample of these shells he didn't know what to make of it and said it was very unusual to see this, this far in-land.  I believe this is evidence of the global flood in this area from thousands of years ago.

  • Next, we will examine geological anomalies of the North American Seaboard/ Atlantic Region, as it ties in to the above data and conjectures.  Atlantis was an island continent in the middle of what is now the Atlantic Ocean.  The godfathers of this theory are Plato, Ignatius Donnely (see his book "Atlantis the Antediluvian World"), Lewis Spence, author of "The History of Atlantis", Otto Muck, author of "The Secret of Atlantis" and Charles Berlitz, author of "Atlantis- the Eighth Continent."  Plato's account was a historical account, not an allegory.  All of the above authors were very serious scholarly researchers.  Charles Berlitz for instance was fluent in 18 different languages.  A second theory, which I believe to be wrong, is that Atlantis was in the Mediteranean, as in Santorini and the island of Crete, seat of the ancient Minoan civilization.  This theory is wrong and contradicts Plato's historical account which his ancestor Solon received as an historical account from even earlier Egyptian priests at Sais, Egypt.  Plato is explicit when he says Atlantis was beyond the Pillars of Hercules, which are the Straits of Gibraltor at the mouth of the Mediteranean Sea.  Although Prof. Galanopolous, the godfather of the Atlantis in the Mediteranean theory, did good work concerning Crete/ the Minoan culture, which is very interesting anyway, he had to lie through his teeth to fudge Plato's facts and dates around to make Atlantis fit into a strict Mediteranean culture (the Minoans were probably distant inheritors of the Atlantic tradition, but were not THE Atlantis.) 
  • A third theory is that Atlantis is now the Antarctic- that during Earth's last pole shift, the Atlantean landmass (mid Atlantic region) drifted and is now the frozen Antarctic.  The godfathers of this theory are Rose and Rand Flem-Ath, the Canadian librarians who wrote "Atlantis Beneath the Ice."  I am not so much a proponent of this theory, although there may be something to it- at any rate, there are many great mysteries concerning the polar regions- the North and South Poles.  These regions may also contain entrances into the hollow earth- an account of the North Pole opening is given in Willis George Emerson's "The Smoky God- A Voyage to the Inner World", and there are the accounts of Admiral Byrd, among others, in regards concerning the hollow earth and the South Pole.  In "Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings" by Charles Hapgood we learn that the Piri Reis map of the middle ages, which was a copy of older source maps (probably from the lost library of Alexandria), shows the Antarctic landmass as it would have appeared before it became covered in ice.  The problem is, the Piri Reis map is from before the modern discovery of Antarctica.  The landmass features on the Piri Reis map can only be checked, and accurately so it must be said, against the works of late 20th/ early 21st century scientists who used technology such as Li-Dar to figure out the land features of the Antarctic beneath the ice.  Yet these same features appear on the Piri Reis map from the middle ages, which was copied from older source material maps, now lost to history due to the burning of the Library of Alexandria, which was a seat of knowledge in the ancient pagan world.  The Piri Reis map also accurately shows the coasts of the Americas.  

  • It is interesting to note too, that the North Pole region was regarded as a Central Pole in the minds of the ancients, which lined up to a celestial pole- the constellation of Ursa Major, the Seven Stars.  It is my belief that this concept can be gleaned in ancient New England stone ruins- even in some of the "simpler" stone cairns- one only needs to notice the "arch" motif, which may represent the celestial arch of the heavens, aka "the vault of the sky."  

  • But lets get back to Atlantis.  Atlantis, being an island continent in the middle of what is now the Atlantic Ocean, had a final submergence some 12,000 or so years ago- there was an asteroid impact somewhere in the North Atlantic region during this time- the North American region was severely impacted by this- this can be seen in the phenomenon of stone vitrification- this is why many boulders in the New England area look like they have a streak (or streaks) of melted butter running down the rock face- the intense heat of the solar flares/ incoming asteroid partly melted the stones.  Some of the larger conical-shaped boulders, which we think of as simply conical-shaped boulders today, were in fact small pyramids before the event of the last major cataclysm that occurred with the sinking of Atlantis.  As an example of this I would cite the conical shaped boulder behind the Drum Stone, or "Chattering Rock" in Holliston MA.  The Drum Stone was an enigma to the early Holliston settlers- very few people have grasped it's true context.  The real significance of the Drum Stone is, it is next to the site of the sacred boulder, which is the vitrified/partly melted and sealed off remains of an ancient Atlantean Pyramid Temple, which today simply looks like a conical-shaped boulder.  The New England region always related to Atlantis, or "the Land of the Gods" since the remotest of antiquity.  Those who could, and indeed still can, vibrate the Drum Stone to a certain frequency (the drum stone weighs a few tons and is perched precariously in a perfect balancing act atop a 'shelf' boulder- it will vibrate to hollow pitch tones when "played" correctly)- were/are worthy of entering the Pyramid Temple, as there are nearby entrances.  It is here where the Spirits of the Ancient Ones will impress themselves upon the initiate- if they be worthy.

  • But lets get back to the geological anomalies of the North Atlantic region- the volcanoes which go off in Iceland/ Greenland even still in our times are the hick-ups of the volcanoes that violently went off with the sinking of Atlantis.  Then there is the National Park in Newfoundland, Canada, that is a unique place because it rose up from the core of the Earth about 12,000 years ago- there is no other place really like it.  Then there is the Old Champlain Sea in Vermont, which ceased to flow in-land around 12,000 years ago- since those times it is now sand dunes, and many strange artifacts have been found there.  Then there are the geographical anomalies of New England/ New York.  It was during the lesser cataclysm of 5,000 years ago that Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Long Island, etc. broke away from the mainland.  This was due to the new arrival of Venus into our solar system.  Venus acted more like a wandering comet at first until it settled down (see "Worlds In Collision" by Immanuel Velikovsky.)  Also, without our modern infrastructure, one couldn't even make it through the swamps in my area to get from one side of town to the other- which I am sure has something to do with all these other anomalies.  Going further south, there are the North and South Carolina Bay craters.  The craters of the Carolina coasts were formed during the same asteroid impact that sunk Atlantis- as I said, North America got hit pretty hard (see the book "The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes" by Firestone, West, & Warwick-Smith.)  Then there is the Sargasso Sea, which is an underwater river that flows through the Atlantic.  In fact, some of the mysteries related to the Bermuda Triangle may have to do with the presence in one way or another of the Sargasso Sea.  This is the sunken river that would have flowed through the middle of Atlantis before our times.  Eels spawn in the Sargasso Sea (off the eastern seaboard of North America) and make a 3 year round-trip journey to the coasts of Europe to mate, coming back to the Sargasso Sea to hatch offspring, repeating the cycle.  They travel so far to do this only because their prior destination of Atlantis no longer exists.  This is the same reason why certain migratory birds circle over the Atlantic ocean 100 miles northwest of the Azores Islands- their memory chromosomes recalls that there should be land there when there no longer is.  Lastly, volcanoes are still going off once in a while in some of the Caribbean Islands for the same reason they are going off in Greenland/ Iceland- hick-ups from the convulsion that sunk Atlantis.  It is also off the coasts of the Caribbean Islands that many underwater stone ruins related to Atlantis have been found such as the Bimini Road.  However, New England has been a vestige of Atlantis since the remotest of antiquity as well- this can be seen in the form of stone vitrified pyramid hills, such as the hills in Milford, MA.  The lost island continent of Atlantis was located somewhere in the North Atlantic.  The whole eastern seaboard of North America relates to the vestiges of Atlantis- as does Greenland/ Iceland. the western seaboard of Europe, and down into the Canary Islands, North Africa and the Mediteranean.

  • Atlantis was the Land of the Gods, or Sea Kings.  The Tuatha de Dannon of the ancient Celts were cultural initiators from Atlantis- these gods are also synonymous with gods of other lands as well.  For instance, Lugh of the Strong Right Arm (an "Armstrong?") is synonymous with Thor of the Norse, and likewise Indra of the Hindus, and Hercules of the ancient Greeks.  The connections between Balor and Shiva are almost too good to be true- the common thread is the cross-cultural inheritance from the ancient Atlantean complex.

  • The ancient Celts were always a sea-faring people- they had a strong cultural rememberance of Atlantis- the Land of the Gods- the ancient Celts were able to find, or ascertain a vestige of Atlantis in New England, thus the erection of the ancient Stone Chambers in this region, which are also found in the Celtic homelands.  The stone chamber is a dry-stone wall, sometimes beehived style of post-Atlantean architecture, temples to the Sun God Bal, whose story has survived through the Christian figure of Jesus the Christ (the sun rises again on the day of the winter solstice after being "dead", or at its lowest point in the sky for three days, this is the symbolic re-birth of Christ from an astrological perspective- which is a vestige of an ancient Atlantean science.)  In fact, in 2012, I re-discovered and came upon an ancient stone structure in Medway MA.- a temple shrine (this structure has been featured extensively on this blog- one of the recent posts has a link to an older post with pictures of it.)  When I brought the archaeologists and antiquarians to the site, the stone structure was determined to have a winter solstice alignment- the first rays of the sun on this day shine into the hollow opening of the structure.  So, in my local area, within several modern township districts- the woods behind Fisher St. in Medway is where the sun is "born again", the Milford hills is the 'Land of Perpetual Youth', in fact, there is a mineral spring in the woods of the Milford hills, a 'fountain of youth' so to speak, which is the site of another stone chamber.  The spring comes from an underground water source in these woods, and is therefore uncontaminated- I recommend going to this place after a hard spring's rain.  It is there- the seeker will find it.  The sun peaks in the town of Upton, where the Upton Stone Chamber is located- there is a summer solstice alignment with this structure during the solstice sunset- the rays shine into the chamber.  It makes sense that the biggest ancient structure in the area would relate to the "peak experience" when the sun is at it's highest point in the sky.  This whole area was an ancient ceremonial district, from winter solstice in Medway to Summer Solstice in Upton, relating to the post-Atlanteans, the Native American, and the New England Celts.

  • Relating to "giants" or ancient cultural initiators, from the beginning of this essay- the northern Algonquians such as the MicMacs have Glooscap.  In Newfoundland, Canada, there is a statue of Glooscap made by a Micmac artisan.  Glooscap is giant in stature (and indeed did many good things for the Indians in ancient times) and has his arm outstretched because he is expecting an offering/tribute.  This kind of circular reasoning relates to what I wrote earlier about the Algonquian prefix "-MA" and perhaps the true meaning of "Magomisquog", etc.  In southeastern New England, the Wampanoags have Moshup, a sea giant, perhaps a counter-part to the northern Glooscap.  Moshup is married to the queen of the Little People.  This recalls Homer's Odyssey, where the nymph Calypso is married to a giant on the island of Ogygia (the name here has the prefix -Og, the name of the Biblical giant who survived the flood.)  As we learn in Steven Sora's book "Triumph of the Sea Gods" (there are older sources as well)- the hero in Homer's epic was lost at sea in the Atlantic, not the Mediternaean, and the places of his land falls can be identified today such as the Canary Islands, Azores, islands off of Ireland, etc.  Anyway, these common threads seem to indicate that these traditions have come from an ancient, now lost, Atlantean tradition that was experienced and kept alive by the ancestors of the people of these different cultural enclaves whether they be Greek, Irish or Wampanoag.  

  • New England was a vestige of Atlantis, and the ancients knew it