Evidence of Ancient Megalithic Culture in Massachusetts Revealed For the First Time

Evidence of Ancient Megalithic Culture in Massachusetts Revealed For the First Time

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In the gorgeously rustic country hills of Northern Ireland, about an hour north of Derry, is the tiny hamlet of Laraghirril. In the distant southwestern fields of this town sits an ancient cairn with beautifully placed megalithic stones. The cairn is perhaps 4000 to 6000 years old, with crafted slabs protruding in dramatic symmetry out of the ground.  If you want to learn more about this ancient cairn at Laraghirril, interestingly enough, it will not be from this article.  Amazingly, the ancient Celtic altar in the image above is found in Heath, Massachusetts, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in the northeastern United States, otherwise known as New England.

Mysterious Megalithic Works in New England

New England is a small set of states about the size of Ireland, in terms of square kilometers. It stretches from Connecticut, northward along the Atlantic coast of Rhode Island, into the mountainous forests of upstate New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. The old-growth forests and rocky mountain ridges of this area contain the same megalithic wonders that Celtic countries endear as part of their ancient mystical past. The images below are of Celtic megalithic works all within the region of New England. This includes: eloquent stone-chambers, ancient stone-linings of massive proportion at high elevations, cairns in practically every forest, altars on high rocky elevations, and beautiful standing-stones of a unique style specific to New England.

 A stone chamber found in New England

A stone chamber found in New England

High elevation stone lining in New England 

High elevation stone lining in New England

Standing stone of a unique style specific to New England

Standing stone of a unique style specific to New England

This standing stone (image/above) is located several miles into Tully Lake Forest Reserve, Massachusetts, which is only about 15 miles from the Heath Altar, which I will soon describe. It has never been documented before now. Standing at 6 feet in height, and roughly 2 tons in weight, it is clearly an intended fixture, with incremental indents on its side culminating at an apex. This stone has stood elegantly as an amazing example of the megaliths in Massachusetts for, most likely, thousands of years, and may have been placed in this spot before the forest surrounded it. There is so much more to understand about stones like this. The questions emerge: what culture during the antiquity period of New England had the technical ability to cut and craft megalithic stones as if they were wooden blocks? How could they place them on mountaintops, or in deep forests so easily?  And who did this? In Ireland, these incremental markings can be found on white-granite stones in the heights of places like the Pass at Mount Bearnagh in the Mourne Range (image/below). There are literally thousands of other crafted megalithic stones in the forests and mountain ranges of Celtic and New England ranges.

 Incremental markings found on megalithic blocks in Ireland

Incremental markings found on megalithic blocks in Ireland

If this type of standing stone at Tully Lake Forest is not compelling enough for those who embrace a more “classic” stylization of “the standing stone”, take a look at this monument just twenty-five miles east of Tully Lake Forest. Looming at the top of a rocky hill in the Lynn Woods Reserve is a 10-foot high, 20-ton standing-stone. This megalith could easily be mistaken for a standing-stone at the top of any Irish, Welsh, English or Scottish valley. This stone, however, is in Massachusetts.

  20-ton standing stone in Lynn Woods Reserve

20-ton standing stone in Lynn Woods Reserve

Advanced Ancient Culture in New England – Could it be the Celts?

And this is just the beginning. In every forest in New England there are megaliths waiting to be deciphered and appreciated. It seems clear now that a megalithic culture, nearly identical to the Celtic style, once existed in New England. One of the very finest examples of this, in all of New England, is located in the country-town of Heath, Massachusetts, known simply as The Heath Altar Stones.

The Heath Altar sits on a gorgeous rocky plateau surrounded by pristine old-growth forest. This rocky elevation in north-central Massachusetts is only seven miles from the boarder of Vermont, where Green Mountain National Forest rolls dramatically into the northwest. Strategically, this vista is an intelligent place for an altar, with an elevated vantage harnessing the sun’s rays from dawn to dusk. Simultaneously, this altar is not far from a rolling stream in the small valley below, just over a mile to the east.

This water runs in a narrow channel cutting through the hills into several streams that merge and eventually rush as waterfalls through the town of Savoy, south of Heath. At certain points of the stream there is ancient stonework directing the flow of the water. These beautiful stones are an indicator of an extremely intelligent culture capable of harnessing and directing resources to certain focal points in the landscape. The stonework is perfectly leveled with corbel placement.


The neolithic cultures of Northern Europe. Specifically Britain and Ireland, predate the arrival of Celtic culture by at the very least 2000 years. There is no such thing as a Celtic megalithic culture, here in Northern Europe.

Dating undertaken at The American Stonehenge, formerly known as Mystery Hill, produced dates 2 millennia BCE. So yes, they are not Celtic in the classic sense, but are Neolithic. I think that the term Celtic has become a generic term for ancient European cultures. I recommend the books by Prof. Barry Fell detailing ancient settlements in New England by various cultures.

Whilst I'm intrigued by the apparent similarities of the New England sites. I would argue against the use of Celtic as a generic term for ancient European cultures. There are many cultures here in Northern Europe that share the same geography at different times in history. They all have their own names. It's not hard to research them. I think It's just It's just sloppy writing to use the wrong culture's name. It also doesn't instill confidence in the researchers methodology, and casts doubt on their findings. All in all, it's just not very professional.
P.S. Thanks for the tips on authors.

Farley Mowat in "West-Viking" claims there were "Westmen" who migrated across the seas from the British Isles (and Iceland before the Norse got there). And remember Ireland in the Age of Invasions and the withdrawal of the Firbolg (giants) and the Tuatha de Danaan once the Milesians won.

This is older than even that though, by thousands of years. I think it's safe to assume now that people in the megalithic era "got around" and were capably seaworthy - as well as magnificent (perhaps giant) masons with technology not known to us.

He doesn't address the megalithic evidence but does detail accounts about western lands (not necessarily Vinland) in a lot of sagas that I don't think has ever properly been academically critiqued or known of in Iceland. Worth a read, kinda fascinating...but said to be bunk but I don't think even one of those critics was a Norse scholar.

In light of recent research establishing modern humans in tNorth America as early as 130,000 years ago, claiming that Native American groups were somehow incapable of these monuments is hubris.


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