Thursday, September 6, 2012

New England Megaliths and Chambers

I wrote this last year, but it gives a good overview of the megaliths of New England. I originally explored the area in 2008, and again in 2011. We then organised our first US conference in Glastonbury, Connecticut with Jason Matozzo. It was here I met Sheena...and now we are road-tripping together in 2012 exploring the Mound culture sites. Since I wrote this, much more has been discovered, check out this video by Jim Vieira here.

(Originally printed in 'Mindscape Magazine', September 2011) 

When you think about stone circles, dolmens or chambered tombs you would presume it is a European phenomenon. However, megalithic sites exist all over the world and one of the most fascinating landscapes that they exist in, is in the north eastern states of America. New England and New York State have thousands of recorded megalithic and lithic sites (Mega = big, Lithic = stone) that according to archaeologists simply should not be there. The predominant structure is the 'stone chamber' that are assumed to be 'Colonial Root Cellars', suggesting that they were built by European settlers to store their vegetables in! This has been mostly dismissed for a number of reasons: there are no air vents, the floor is often bedrock, they are built upon magnetic anomalies, and the huge megaliths that often make up the lintels are of no apparent use to 'root cellars'. Whoever designed and built them had a specific purpose in mind.

Being an English Antiquarian, I find it difficult to accept that academics remain ignorant and therefore do not protect these sites from road-widening schemes and other construction projects. I have a huge respect for the work NEARA (New England Antiquities Research Association) carry out, protecting the sites and educating the public about the significance of what might be in their back garden. Often these sites are on private land and one of the conclusions I reached by the end of my initial exploration, was that this was possibly the safest place for them to be. It is generally accepted by researchers that these sites were built by the Native American populations of the area a few hundred years ago, but carbon dating, archaeoastronomical alignments, scientific earth energy tests and oral histories have pushed the dates much further back than originally thought.

Back in 2008 my megalithic quest began in Vermont. I had already researched many of the sites we planned to visit, so first on our agenda was Calendar I, a fascinating megalithic complex spread out over a hilly area near Woodstock, Vermont. Larry Bohlen and I approached the initial chamber that was on private land with Zechia Blackburn, a local geomancer. We spotted a boulder which was the 'entry stone' so we approached that first and made an offering of tobacco, before we entered the chamber through a very small hole. Zechiah then led us through some sacred songs and meditation that truly welcomed us into this ancient landscape. I unholstered my dowsing rods and found telluric energies and three major energy currents that criss-crossed the site. The telluric lines (as with most other megalithic sites I have visited) bounced off the larger stones inside the chamber in a zigzag fashion and out of the chamber forming a spiral at the entrance. Telluric currents are currents that run across the surface of the earth and are attached to the magnetic field. They fluctuate in strength throughout the day, and when harnessed, the energy can be used to alter consciousness and even affect the fertility of seeds and grains if placed correctly. Several sites in New England were tested by John Burke and Kaj Halberg whilst researching for their book 'Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty' (Council Oak Books, 2005). They used sophisticated Magnetometers and Electric Volt Readers and discovered one of the lost technologies of the ancients - controlled fertility of seeds using natural earth energies. Dowsers have known for years about these energies, but have often been ridiculed by the academic fraternity. Since their results were published in 2005, the academics have become mysteriously quiet.

The Calendar One Complex, (Pic from Manitou by Mavor & Dix)

Zechiah took us to the 'Eagle chamber' nearby, that had a complex of stones, a crystal pathway, and was thought of as a 'pregnant' energy site. It reminded me of a chamber I had visited in the Mayenne region of France. Chambers like the ones in New England also exist in Ireland and England, with features that are consistent with Neolithic and Bronze Age construction techniques. The ambience there echoed Calendar l, with telluric energies bouncing around the chamber and a major energy current sweeping through the site that did an anti-clockwise turn inside. Larry and I totally relaxed there and both nearly fell asleep. We walked up to another chamber that was roofless that showed signs of astronomical alignments with the surrounding features. In the groundbreaking book Manitou: The Sacred Landscape of New England's Native Civilization (Inner Traditions 1989), Byron E. Dix and James W. Mavor carried out a thorough survey of the Calendar I complex and concluded that not only was it aligned to the eight turnings of the year, it showed evidence of tracking the 18.6 year lunar cycle, suggesting a sophisticated group of astronomers built this complex. Some of the initial dating of the lower layers even produced a date of around 8,000 BC (1).

The Eagle Chamber, Vermont

Calendar II is a nearby megalithic chamber that has much larger stones making up the interior lintels. This is the biggest chamber in Vermont, measuring ten feet by twenty feet. This ratio of 20:10 / 2:1 is found in the King's chamber of the Great Pyramid (2).There are seven massive lintel stones that span this width and the entrance is aligned to the Winter Solstice sunrise. According to Mavor and Dix, it can also be used as an eclipse predictor and for lunar observation.

Thanks to its new name, 'America's Stonehenge', (formerly 'Mystery Hill') has become the most famous megalithic structure in New England. It is a vast astronomical complex based in North Salem, New Hampshire, with standing stones, a sacrificial table, stone chambers and astronomical alignments. Rob Stone bought the land in the 1950s and turned it into a national monument. We met his son, who now runs the place and he looked jaded by the school busses that frequent the site and seemed hesitant to talk to us. However, when I mentioned the names of 'earth mysteries' authors John Michell and David Hatcher Childress, his eyes lit up. We got chatting and he told us that carbon dating of the site over the years put the time frame from 2000BC to 200AD. Unknown megalithic builders constructed a 12-acre astronomical stone calendar for purposes we can only guess at. Who the builders were, why they left, and what happened to them after that are still a mystery. Surrounding the site are various megalithic markers that accurately align to sunrises and sunsets of the eight festivals of the year. In 1975 the "true north stone" was determined to have lined up with the then Pole Star Thuban, dating to around 1750 BC (3). It is believed that at that time period, a very large body of water, which was fed by the Merrimack River, shored near the Mystery Hill area. This would have made it accessible by ships from overseas. It is believed that Phoenicians, Celts, and possibly the megalith builders came from across the seas and settled here long before the discoveries of Christopher Columbus. The style is again very similar to European megalithic sites. A notable feature is the "T" shaped "oracle" chamber that has an unusual speaking tube that comes out below the 'sacrificial table', a 4.5 ton block of granite that is said to have been used for sacrifice! Magnetic anomalies have also been recorded at the entrances to most of the chambers, similar to other sites in New England.(4). 

Mystery Hill (America’s Stonehenge) – First chamber you approach from entrance

We noticed two posters in the shop showing the location of two other local sites; one was a stone chamber at the back of the Department of Public Works car park. The other was a potential stone circle. The quest was on. We jumped in the car and decided that going through an 'off limits' area with large biohazard signs was worth the risk to see the 'Danville Beehive'. It is a small chamber, overlooking a valley of trees and a putting green at the end of someones garden. An energy line entered through the entrance and did its usual magic. After that we visited the stone circle at Pelham in LeBlanc Park, next to a football field. It is a raised oval earthwork with several upright stones marking out the shape, but I later discovered it had been moved from its original site, a few hundred yards away, but put back in the same style and geometry to how it had been originally discovered.

Druid Hill Stone Circle

Our next stop was in North Salem, New York State, to check out the largest Dolmen in the Americas. Balanced Rock is a huge perched boulder and looked incredibly out of place along Highway 116 next to a Fire Station. Unbelievably, the official sign said it was believed to be a glacial erratic but did not explain how it happened to land on five quartzite boulders that are sub-divisions of the 'Megalithic Yard' apart (2.72feet).  This place completely woke me up. It has a profound energy, all 90 tons of it. Burke recorded a negative magnetic anomaly below the dolmen and a higher than usual magnetic field around it due to the local geology. It sits upon a split in two types of geology, what Burke calls a 'conductivity discontinuity', where telluric energies suddenly switch from electric charge to high magnetism and vice versa. It's as though a magnetic iron ball is buried 20 feet below the dolmen. My TriField magnetometer picked these up clearly. Larry even captured orbs in the first photo with me next to it without a flash. The dolmen looks European in style and the huge capstone may have been transported here by manual labour from a great distance (as with the blue stones of Stonehenge for instance). Orbs and ghostly sightings have been associated with it for some time, but whoever built it and how they did it stretches the imagination because Native Americans are not known to have worked with stone in this way. I firmly expect it will be proven that this is a neolithic or bronze age structure that was used to enhance seed production and a trading post for local (and possibly regional) tribes.

Balanced Rock, North Salem, NY State – with huge orb

Larry and I walked up to an art gallery nearby and were told that on a monthly basis, accidents happen in a small stretch of road outside the building, which is on the edge of the 'magnetic zone' around Balanced Rock. The owner also explained how she always felt storms (or microbursts) brewing in that close vicinity, but never affected the rock. She phoned up a woman called Rowly who lived opposite the rock for many years who told us she felt and saw 'waves' emanating from it and that when she held healing sessions in her home the rock would be in view and somehow give her power. The gallery owner also told us how five years ago an astrophysicist, geologist and microbiologist visited the site to carry out tests, but would not say what they were doing there. Could it be they knew it was a fertility generator, or a weather influencing device? She left us with an uplifting message; that she had never felt such a positive energy anywhere else she had lived. Further down the road was 'Giants Grove', suggesting an ancient legend of giants building such megalithic structures, as we frequently get in the UK.

We then went on to Kent Cliffs in Putnam City, NY state. Here were several megalithic chambers similar to Calendar I that were just on the sides of major roads. If you stepped out of one of them in daze, it could be the last site you ever visit! It was dusk as we approached the first one that was on Highway 301 and took a few photos that immediately showed several orbs in them. Burke had photographed plasma bands at this one and it was constructed upon a negative magnetic anomaly.

Kent Cliffs Magnetic Anomoly

The magnetometer was picking up fluctuations inside and outside the chamber and we even dowsed the differing levels of +charged ions and -charged ions in the air. A major energy line went into the entrance and did an anticlockwise spiral in the chamber. Telluric lines zigzagged off the larger stones along the bottom of the chamber. Further down the road towards Carmel, another chamber lay hidden in the undergrowth that Burke had tested. It was nighttime now and was hard to make out the construction style, but with a torch, I saw that this was a taller design with very large blocks making up the roof. Again I noticed the magnetite ore strips (lodestone) going through the rock. Burke saw these as significant because they enhance the magnetic power of the site. 

Test Samples from New England Chamber

In Nineham State Park, just 100 yards from its entrance was a stunning chamber. It had a huge megalithic ceiling made up of magnetite with an 8ft wide menhir at the back. The chamber was approximately 25ft long by 10ft wide. It was dark and the camera picked up no orbs, but a major energy line ran through it with telluric spiral outside the door and zigzags of energy inside. Burke captured an infrared photo of a strange hovering ball of light that was invisible to the naked eye. He decided to place Iriquois Blue Corn seeds directly below where this orb was photographed to see if it would have any effect on them when grown. To his astonishment, a few months later he found that the seeds placed here for 75 minutes had a three-fold increase in yield, compared to controls (5). The whole area is a magnetic powerhouse with fluctuations in the geology stretching across the entire mountain area (6). This may be why there has been so many stories of strange lights and UFO sightings attached to this area. Phil Imbrogno collected hundreds of reports documented from 1983 to 1995, that ranged from colossal triangular crafts to smaller 'intelligent' lights that often travelled through the sky and landscape in groups. When they traced the source of where these lights originated, there would always be an ancient megalithic chamber to greet them.

Phil Imbrogno recounts a meeting with a 90 year old medicine man who was one of the last remaining tribes-people from the area around the the chamber. For centuries, the base of the mountain was the home of the Wappinger Tribe, who were part of the Mohegan and Delaware cultures (7). He recounts his initiation in the chamber in 1910 when his teacher told him about the strange men who arrived from the direction of the rising sun with faces of fire (ginger facial hair?) and eyes like the sky (blue eyes?). They were much larger than the local tribespeople and they were the ones who built the chambers. It is said the stones were moved with "spirit power and a great wind" and they would summon spirits (or orbs) to come into their fire circles. Then after a great exchange of knowledge they were gone and were fondly remembered by the tribes. (Imbrogio p.76). On his vision quest when he was upon the mountain for a few days, some lights circled around him which stood at a man's height and eventually formed into spirits who had long white hair and glowed with light. He also stated that he had an out of body experience and was able to heal a boy from a great distance. A similar encounter happened in January 1990 when a man was lost in a powerful blizzard and was fighting for his life. A circle of lights surrounded him and the next thing he knew, he woke up near the Rangers Station 45 minutes later (8). Whatever these light are they seem to be connected with the chambers and magnetic anomalies suggesting that they may act as 'portals' to other levels of existence.

Science is starting to catch up with and understand the purpose of these incredible sites in New England. Whoever built them, their secrets are still hiding behind a fascinating megalithic curtain that is yet to fully reveal itself. We know that the builders were adepts of astronomy, megalithic construction and had an understanding of natural earth energies and shamanism. It is now time for the archaeologists to step up to the challenge and take another look at these sites for what they truly are. These sites were built to last, not only as astronomical observatories, initiation chambers or portals to otherworlds, but sacred places where offerings were made of grains and seeds, to secretly enhance the fertility of their crops.

A real Colonial Root Cellar!!!

1)      Byron E. Dix and James W. Mavor. Manitou: The Sacred Landscape of New England's Native Civilization. Inner Traditions 1989. p.17
2)      Sig Lonegren:
3)      Brad Olsen, Sacred Places of North America. CCC Publishing 2008. p.230
4)      John Burke and Kaj Halberg Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty. Council Oak Books, 2005. p72
5)      John Burke and Kaj Halberg Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty. Council Oak Books, 2005. p69
6)      Ibid p.69
7)     Philip J. Imbrogno & Marianne Horrigan. Celtic Mysteries in New England. Llewellyn Publications. 2000. p72
8)     Ibid. p81



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  2. Really interesting. Thank you.

  3. Do you know of any similar sites in Connecticut?

  4. Sorry. Your "orbs" are water drops on the lens. It was raining when you took the picture. I find your site very interesting and may go search out theses sites, as I live in NY.