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Lake Winnipesaukee mystery stone

    Image:winnipesaukee_stone.jpg|280px|none|thumb|right|The Mystery stone from Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire Source: The Museum of New Hampshire History
    The mystery stone from Lake Winnipesaukee is an alleged OOPart found in 1872 while diggers were digging a hole for a fence post It is a mysterious carved stone about 4 inches long and 2 1/2 inches thick dark and egg-shaped bearing a variety of symbols which remain open for interpretation The stone's antiquity meaning and creator remain unknown

    History

    In 1872 workers digging a hole for a fence post near Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith New Hampshire found a lump of clay that seemed out of place There was something inside - a dark egg-shaped stone with a variety of carvings including a face teepee ear of corn and star-like circles Seneca Ladd a Meredith businessman who hired the workers was credited with the discovery Ladd died in 1892 and in 1927 one of his daughters donated the stone to the New Hampshire Historical Society The stone is currently on permanent display at the Museum of New Hampshire History
    To date no definitive answers about the stone's origins have come to light and the item has come to be known as the "Mystery Stone"

    Symbols

    Carvings on one side of the stone look like inverted arrows a moon some dots and a spiral The other side shows an ear of corn and a depressed circle with three figures one of which looks like a deer's leg There are holes bored in both ends of the stone apparently driled with different size bits Each bore is straight not tapered
    The American Naturalist of November 1872 suggested the stone "commemorates a treaty between two tribes" Others have guessed the stone is Celtic or Inuit A letter to the New Hampshire Historical Society in 1931 suggested it was a thunderstone which the writer said "always present the appearance of having been machined or hand-worked: frequently they come from deep in the earth embedded in lumps of clay or even surrounded by solid rock or coral"
    A state analysis of the stone was performed in 1994 State archaeologist Richard Boisvert suggests the holes were drilled by power tools from the 19th or 20th century Boisvert reported "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" Scratches in the lower bore suggest it was placed on a metal shaft and removed several times
    The analysis concluded the stone is a type of quartzite derived from sandstone or mylonite This type of rock is not common in New Hampshire though state geologists said it could well have originated in the state

    Sources

    CNN article on the Mystery Stone