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Debating the origins of America’s Stonehenge

Was America’s Stonehenge built by early American Indians, colonial settlers or a migrant European culture that visited the woods of New Hampshire nearly 4,000 years ago.

“We don’t think it was a ‘habitat’ site,” said the stocky, bespectacled Mr. Stone. “Perhaps a shaman once stayed here, but primarily it’s a religious and astronomical site, a gathering place, like Stonehenge in England.”

The main site is a half-mile past the gift shop at the top of a small round hill. On the path leading up through a stand of ragged oak trees I’d arranged to meet Alan Hill, 68, a professor of astronomy at New Hampshire Technical Institute.

“I don’t know of any other group of people besides the Celts who celebrate the ‘cross quarter’ holidays marked up here,” said Mr. Hill, an agile, sparely built man with a neatly trimmed beard. “You’ll find the same type of construction in Scotland, Ireland and England,” as well as other North American sites stretching from eastern Canada down to the Hudson River Valley, he said as we walked along. Cross-quarter days fall halfway between solstices and equinoxes.

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  1. I went to see this “pile of rocks” near my sister’s house and was absolutely astounded at what i found there.
    I had to be thrown out the first day because i stayed way after closing.i spent every available minute on that hill for the rest of my vacation. one of the most astounding things is that, although this may me one of the most important sites ever, so little formal study has been done. these people already knew when to plant the crops.what they wanted to know was; when signifcant star alignments would occur.this calendar is,i believe, designed to plot the course of our solar system around the galaxy.may even have been used as the basis of the myan calendar.if nothing else it is certainly easily proved that the whole site is a star map oriented to orion, sirius ect… interested? E me

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