Mystery of History

Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
Trip End Feb 14, 2011

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Flag of United States  , New Hampshire
Sunday, April 25, 2010

My main stop today was to an archeological site that is billed as America's stonehenge.  Although, it is partially in ruins, it is still very possible to imagine what many of the structures might have looked like in their original form.  The entire compound has short stone walls running in various directions and in certain spots there are larger standing stones that are believed to be astronomical markers for major solar and lunar events of the year. 

The central portion of the compound was filled with various styles of building structures and one large stone that is believed to have been an altar.  The most interesting area was a small cave-like area that was constructed beneath the altar with a stone tube that led up underneath the altar.  Some archeologists believe it may have been where an "oracle" could hide beneath the altar and speak through the tube, making it seem as if a voice were coming from the altar; however, the true nature of the site, buildings, and their purposes is anyone's guess

There were also stone tablets found at the site which Harvard specialists say contain ancient inscriptions from western and central Europe.  By digging along the walls and finding ash between the rocks of the buried stones, scientists have been able to date the site to at least 4,000 years old.  That could make these man-made structures the oldest in the U.S.  It's scale certainly wasn't anywhere near that of ruins in Mexico or Egypt, but it was nonetheless very interesting, partially due to all of the mystery and lack of knowledge about it.

With my mind with plenty of questions to work on about the place I'd just visited, I drove up to the capital city of Concord.

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