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A Guide to America's Stonehenge: A Sacred Ceremonial Site, Mary E. Gage
1 A Guide to America's Stonehenge: A Sacred Ceremonial Site Mary E. Gage
Amesbury, MA Powwow River Books 2007 0971791066 / 978-0-9717910-6-0 1st pamphlet New 5.5 x 8.5 inches James E. Gage 
The America’s Stonehenge archaeological site is located in North Salem, NH. The site consists of a complex of stone chambers, standing stones, niches, carved drains, astronomical alignments and other man-made features. The site served as a major spiritual and ritual center for a group of ancient Native Americans. Construction began on the site some 3000 years ago and continued for the next 2500 years. This guide is a basic introduction to the major features and structures of the site. It is organized as a self-guided tour. 
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A Handbook of Stone Structures in Northeastern United States, Mary E. Gage, James E. Gage
2 A Handbook of Stone Structures in Northeastern United States Mary E. Gage, James E. Gage
Amesbury, MA Powwow River Books 2008/2015 0981614108 / 9780981614106 Expanded 1st Paperback New 5 1/2 
This handbook is the first comprehensive field guide to both agricultural and Native American stone structures found throughout northeastern United States. These stone structures include stone cairns, chambers, standing stones, niches, enclosures, stone walls, foundations, wells, pedestal boulders, Manitou stones, and other structures. The handbook provides the means to identify, document, analyze, and interpret these structures. 316 pp. 254 Ill. 
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America's Stonehenge Deciphered, Mary E. Gage
3 America's Stonehenge Deciphered Mary E. Gage
Amesbury, MA Powwow River Books 2006 097179104X / 9780971791046 Trade Paperback New 6 x 9 inches 
For the ancient Native Peoples, the place known to us as America's Stonehenge (Mystery Hill) was a sacred place. For 2500 years they came annually to hold ceremonies with the spirits. At first, they came on the summer solstice and then later they came for the winter solstice and spring equinox. They built ritual structures like stone chambers, cairns, drains, basins, enclosures, and standing stones as part of their ceremonial areas. As the ceremonies were altered and added to, new ceremonial structures were built to accommodate them. These structures were constructed for specific purposes, contained symbolism meaningful to their culture, and had distinct architectural styles. The result is an amazing archaeological record of the 2500 year cultural history of this sacred place. America’s Stonehenge Deciphered explores the purpose of these structures, the ceremonies held at them, and the meaning behind the symbolism built into them. It traces how these cultural beliefs were passed from generation to generation and how they were added to and altered to meet the changing needs of their culture. What emerges from this is a profound respect for the intelligence, sophistication, and the depth of their spiritual worldview, culture, and their expertise with building stone structures. 
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America's Stonehenge DVD, Produced by James Gage and Mary Gage
4 America's Stonehenge DVD Produced by James Gage and Mary Gage
Amesbury, MA Powwow River Books 2007 DVD (NTSC) NEW 
This film reconstructs the 2500 year cultural history of the America's Stonehenge archaeological site located in North Salem, NH. The complex of stone chambers, standing stones, niches, and other stone structures at the site served as an important spiritual and ritual center for a group of ancient Native American people. For the Native Americans this place was sacred. Construction of this ritual complex began over 3,000 years ago and evolved through five major periods of construction and change until its final closure with the arrival of European colonists. The Native Americans left an extraordinary archaeological record of their ritual activities and spiritual beliefs. Author and independent researcher, Mary Gage, has meticulously researched this site for many years and has successfully reconstructed its cultural history. This film is based upon her book, "America's Stonehenge Deciphered" (2006). 40 minutes 
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Land of a Thousand Cairns: Revival of Old-Style Ceremonies, Mary Gage and James Gage
5 Land of a Thousand Cairns: Revival of Old-Style Ceremonies Mary Gage and James Gage
Amesbury, MA Powwow River Books March 31, 2017 0981614124 / 9780981614120 Trade Paperback New 8.5 x 11 inches 
From the time of the American Revolution to the end of the 19th century, Lawton Foster Road in Hopkinton, Rhode Island was home to a small rural community. A few families eked out a living on the rocky poor soils through growing corn, rye, potatoes, apples, small scale sheep farming, and timber harvesting. Today, the land has reforested and much of it has become wildlife conservation property. These lands harbor a big mystery. Over 1500 stone structures have been found including stone cairns, three stone chambers, several serpent effigies, enclosures, niches, triangle symbolism and other odd man-made features. These are in addition to the more recognizable historic structures like house and barn foundations, stone walls, and two saw mill sites. Who built these enigmatic stone cairns? When? And for what purpose? A dedicated team composed of stone structure researchers, field documentation team, local historians, and conservation people set out to unravel this mystery through documenting the structures, researching the genealogy of the families who lived there, deed research, and analysis of the structure themselves and their relationships to each other. The results of this multi-year effort were a major surprise. The findings challenge conventional historical and archaeological assumptions about these stone structure sites. 
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Root Cellars in America: Their History, Design and Construction 1609-1920 (3rd Edition), James E. Gage
6 Root Cellars in America: Their History, Design and Construction 1609-1920 (3rd Edition) James E. Gage
Amesbury, MA Powwow River Books 2018 0981614191 / 9780981614199 3rd Trade Paperback New n/a 6 x 9 inches 
For most people, the term “root cellar” evokes an image of a brick or stone masonry subterranean structure tunneled into a hillside. These classic root cellars are only one of a number of different types of structures used to preserve root crops, vegetables and fruits over the past 400 years. The other structures include subfloor pits, cooling pits, house cellars, barn cellars, field root pits & trenches, and root houses. Root Cellars in America provides a history of all the structures, discusses their design principles, and details how they were constructed. The text is accompanied by period illustrations from the agricultural literature along with archaeological photographs. There has been a long standing debate whether the stone slab roof and corbelled beehive shaped subterranean structures in northeastern United States are root cellars or Native American ceremonial stone chambers. New research indicates some are root cellars and some are ceremonial chambers. The third edition has a new chapter exploring this topic. Detailed guidance is provided on how to distinguish the two from each other based on differences in their architectural traits. 232 pp. 129 Illus. 
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The Stones of Dogtown & Beyond: Dogtown to Poole Hill, Mary Gage
7 The Stones of Dogtown & Beyond: Dogtown to Poole Hill Mary Gage
Amesbury, MA Powwow River Books 2012 0981614159 / 978-0-9816141-5-1 1st Trade Paperback New 6 x 9 inches 
In the heart of Cape Ann, Massachusetts is a high flat rocky ridge which stretches from Gloucester to Rockport. The area is crisscrossed with old roads and modern hiking trails. It is best known as the location of the abandoned village of “Dogtown” with its many ancient cellar holes and numerous inspirational sayings carved into the boulders by philanthropist Roger Babson in the 1930’s. The Stones of Dogtown and Beyond offers fresh insights into these well known landmarks and delves into forgotten aspects of the place’s history. This guide takes a fresh look at the well known carved sayings and house numbers and reveals the unique differences in style which distinguish one carver from another. It reveals evidence of a long standing Native American presence on Dogtown Commons which has remained hidden in plain sight. It explores two 19th century granite quarries and points out examples of other stone splitting activity along the roads and trails. It delves into the mystery of Turtle Mound, a large unusual stone cairn in the middle of the former Haskins estate grounds, which is out of character with the estate’s Victorian landscaping. The guide provides examples of all the subjects discussed, but it also offers each reader the opportunity to explore Dogtown and make their own discoveries. 
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