Ancient Stone Sites of New England and the Debate Over Early European Exploration


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About the Book

In New England today, there are megalithic stones, stone chambers and structures, carvings and petroglyphs, even an unidentified skeleton in armor that defy easy explanation. From Maine to Massachusetts, this work presents an examination of various unexplained historical remains in New England. From the most notorious to the lesser known, it explores not only the layout and dimensions of such sites—some reminiscent of Stonehenge with their huge stones, astronomical alignments and undiscovered purposes—but also the history and possible explanations for their existence. Theories regarding Norse, Phoenician, Irish, Celtic and Native American origins are presented here in an impartial and logical manner. Sites discussed include Mystery Hill in North Salem, New Hampshire (also known as America’s Stonehenge); Dighton Rock in Berkley, Massachusetts; Newport Tower in Newport, Rhode Island; and the Bellows Falls Petroglyphs in Bellows Falls, Vermont. An appendix provides information regarding sites open to the public.

About the Author(s)

David Goudsward is the author of over 20 books on a variety of literary and historical topics. A retired librarian turned independent scholar; his work has also appeared in various journals internationally. He lives in Lake Worth, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

David Goudsward

Foreword by Niven Sinclair

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2462-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0486-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Foreword by Niven Sinclair      1
Introduction      3

1. Sacrificial Tables      5
2. Vineland on the Charles      21
3. Dighton Rock      38
4. The Newport Tower      52
5. America’s Stonehenge on Mystery Hill      74
6. Celtic New England      94
7. The Westford Knight      115
8. Runic Relicts      128
9. The Gungywamp Complex      151
10. Norse Cape Cod      160

Appendix: Sites Available to the Public      179
Chapter Notes      185
Bibliography      217
Index      237

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “a very welcome addition…essential…compelling…highly recommended”—Journal of the New England Antiquities Research Association
  • “invaluable”—Journal of Scientific Exploration