The three faces of the Lake Winnipesaukee mystery stone, New Hampshire, USA

Out of Place Artifact: The Mysterious Stone Egg of Lake Winnipesaukee

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The Perfectly Drilled Holes

Another interesting detail worth noting are the two holes bored in both ends of the stone, with different size bits. Each bore is straight, not tapered. Scratches in the lower bore suggest it was placed on a metal shaft and removed several times, according to one analysis done by New Hampshire state officials in 1994. Richard Boisvert, a state archaeologist, believes these holes are highly regular. " I've seen a number of holes bored in stone with technology that you would associate with prehistoric North America. There s a certain amount of unevenness and this hole was extremely regular throughout. What we did not see was variations that would be consistent with something that was several hundred years old," he said.

Boisvert went on to suggest that the holes were drilled using power tools rather than traditional techniques used by Native Americans. He added that there was every chance the holes were made during the 19th century which would mean tampering of the object. This has led some to believe the Winnipesaukee’s stone mystery is simply some kind of elaborate hoax. 

The only thing that seems certain, or of which there is consensus, is that it was created using some type of machine. However, the fact remains that no one knows who made the object, when or why.  At one time this stone attracted the wonder of the scientific world with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. offering to send a map to Seneca A. Ladd to make a casting of the egg. Today, the stone is currently on display in a case at the Museum of New Hampshire History, surrounded by mirrors to show off its features.

The face on the Lake Winnipesaukee mystery stone, New Hampshire, USA

The face on the Lake Winnipesaukee mystery stone, New Hampshire, USA ( Noahsage)

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i have the same strange egg but there is some liquid inside it.pls provide me ur email address so that i can attach the mystery pics and mail to you..i just wanted to know details about the pics what i have. and there is no any images articrafted on it

I would say it is a hoax. The art seems to have been created with tools. In addition, there is an odd amalgamation of symbols that make no sense to be placed together. Some fortune seeker probably created it in the 19th century and buried it to be "discovered" later.

Stone is impossible to date and so it makes the perfect object of a hoax.

Hey Mark! I would have to agree with you; it does look like a hoax. The incongruity of the high level of manufacture combined with what appear to be rather mundane symbols is what stands out to me. Deer, corn and teepees... Looks like the sort of symbols some 19th century wag would add on to a lathe turned stone egg.

I agree with your assessment of the stereotypical "Indian" symbols. The tipi itself is extremely odd. The "discovery location" is a LONG way from the plains, and I am certain it would not even be recognized in the Eastern U.S.

If the stone is not indigenous to the Eastern US, then where is the nearest location?


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