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Photo Credits: 1st 4 & last 3 images by Olaf Hage.
All others by J.Tyler Aaron
On July 3, 2001, as we went out for a walk, on
a route that takes us by a picturesque pond, we
noticed the full moon rise right over the top of
the road at the crest of the hill. This moonrise
was first after the Summer Solstice, at which a
total eclipse (New Moon) of the sun coincided with
Mars at perihelion and conjunct with the earth.
So these factors caused us to take special note
of the subsequent full moon, which was on the night
of earth's aphelion, or furthermost point away from
the sun--a major node in our orbit that controls
whether we are in an ice age or in a warm epoch
(and hence a matter of extreme importance in ancient
times, especially 10,000 years ago at the close of
the ice age, which we identify as the Deluge era).
The Solstice aphelion full moonrise right at the
crest of the hill centers on the road. This seemed
to be beyond chance. So we looked about and, sure
enough, there was a standing stone 25' from the curb.
[Picture of STONE]
It was on a long knoll parallel to the road. The
stone was roughly seven feet tall, about 12" x 18"
at the base but tapering to about 6" square at the
top. It was grey, worn and pockmarked with what we
thought looked much like buckshot or bullet holes
patched with cement (not unlikely in Maine where
hunters shoot at anything they see standing).
One side appeared to have been cut or shaved off
at an angle not parallel to the road. This would
prove to have enormous significance later.
As we explored, we soon found a second stone
across the road--exactly 25' from the road, just as
the first stone had been on the other side but 175'
further up the hill. Pacing off a final 175', we
arived at the very top of the hill, where we found
a rock we estimate is 15' x 10+' and weighs a few
tons. The road itself is 25' wide and the width
between these Solstice pathway stones would then
be 75 feet.
Based upon these measures, we were persuaded a
unit of 25' was used when the site was laid out.
Although we had assumed the site was Norse, it now
seems to be far older. The unit is not 25 feet,
but 25 inches: Sacred cubits in both Babylon and
Egypt, which used it to lay out the Great Pyramid.
This original Pyramid siting was itself thousands
of years prior to the erection of the Pyramid we
are now familiar with, as reported in 2000 by the
geologist, Robert Schoch. [See our detailed report
on our "NEW ANCIENT HISTORY" page.]
The period of history in which the 25" cubit
was in use was 2500 BC to as early as 9,000 BC,
if Schoch's ideas are included. Voyages to the
Americas and C-14 dates for New England stone
sites of this sort go back to 2500 BC and the
Bronze Age, the Stonehenge epoch. By the way,
Stonehenge itself has six or seven stones very
similar in shape to these, which can be seen
in the interior of its megalithic circle.
Using the 25" cubit, we estimated where 10
additional stones ought to have been located,
based on a Solstice alignment. By carefully
enquiring of local residents, we found witness
support for two such stones at the bottom of
the hill, which the witnesses saw removed by
a local construction firm several decades ago.
Their recollected stone locations corresponded
to expected 25" cubit estimates for a 12-stone
array lined up for Summer Soltice sunset.
Additional confirmation came from measuring
the first stone precisely, which was done on
Monday August 20th with the invaluable assist
of author and stone-dowser Mary Leue. Dowsing
can detect the presence of spiritual trauma,
and hence, human sacrifice. Poltergeist energy
has hurled plates, pictures and other objects
around houses. Pendulum dowsing is a technique
whereby any latent spiritual energy in a stone
can be detected, if it is active. [For more on
this topic, see our article on the ancient use
of poltergeist energy: MEGALITHS & BLOOD.]
Little or no such energy was found around these
stones, supporting the idea that they were used
for mapping and navigational purposes, not human
sacrifice or religious ritual.
Mary Leue had been to the Isle of Lewis, in
Scotland's Outer Hebrides, and she remarked how
similar the two sites were. Indeed, independently,
I had already taken note of this fact, based upon
an illustration in "MYSTERIOUS BRITAIN" by Janet
and Colin Bord. That book shows some very similar
stones on the Isle of Lewis, which form a parallel
avenue aimed at the Summer Solstice sunrise on the
Isle, where tradition still recalls that Solstice
sightings of the sun were the original purpose of
With Mary Leue's help, the Maine stone's height
was measured. Before measure, I had proposed it
should be either 75" (3 x 25" cubits), or 87.5"
(3 1/2 cubits). The actual measurement of this
stone came in at 87.5" (3 1/2 cubits). [STONE]
Thus, a pair of stones might have totaled 7
cubits. A pair of stones were 36 (3x12) cubits
apart, side-by-side. Each of these pairs was,
in turn, 84 (7x12) cubits further up the hill
from the previous pair. It appears there were
at least six pairs of stones, forming an avenue
between them pointed at the Solstice Sunset as
you look down the hill.
The number "7" corresponds to those 7 moving
lights of the heavens--the Sun and Moon, Mars,
Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn--which were
those 7 candles of the Candelabra on the south
side (where planets would be visible in the sky)
of the Holy Place of the Temple.
The "12" depicted the 12 fixed signs of the
heavens, as symbolized by the 12 loaves of the
12 tribes upon the Golden Table of the Shewbred,
of the Temple opposite the Candelabra. This Table
corresponded to the part of heaven where God's
"Throne" was reckoned to be: The Pole Star about
which the vault of the zodiac rotated with its
12 signs. Also known as the Heavenly Mt. Zion.
We know that the Phoenicians and Hiram of Tyre
helped Solomon build his Temple. Phoenicians
were sea-farers, who also carried Solomon's men
to lands three years' journey distant. The late
Dr. Barry Fell, in his book "AMERICA BC," linked
these voyages to stone sites in New England. If
we accept that the Israelites and Phoenicians
may have used the same 25" cubit, then all these
7 and 12 cubit patterns at this proposed site in
Maine would make perfect sense and match the same
We feel that a third stone, the pair-stone of
the second one we found, may currently reside on
the doorstep of a newer house built on its former
location. There is a stone of the right shape and
size now being used as the first step to its front
door. It is unusual to see an old stone of this
type being used as part of a modern ranch-house.
It appears that it might be a standing-stone that
theoretically once stood where their driveway now
is. The builders could have decided to take the
stone, since it was handy, and re-shape it to use
for the front step. If it has been re-shaped, its
origin might be hard to prove.
Given the large number of stones now in local
use for steps, foundations and garden decorations,
as well as in cemeteries, we felt it would be good
to survey the area for signs some of the missing
stones had been re-used, but hopefully not reshaped.
On Friday, August 24th, 2001, I began to walk
systematically around the downtown area, hoping to
find either missing stones, or more signs of the
stone culture that had erected them. Just as I was
ready to give up for the day, I encountered Tyler
Aaron, who has an artistic interest in stone. This
became a great blessing as Tyler's keen eye spotted
several possible standing stones and a number of
hitching-posts. The latter could in some case have
origins as the severed tops of standing stones used
as steps; three such candidates have now been found.
(Tyler was also essential in preventing our being
seen as a suspicious vagrant wandering about peering
too intently at foundations of houses!) [Vagrant]
With her Senegalese parrot Suki, Tyler's curiosity
led us down the meandering byways and cobbled alleys
of this c. 350-year old coastal Maine town. In the
glimmering dusk, at the back door of some old brick
building, we found it: Identical in every respect
with the initial stone spotted on July 3rd. It was
being used as the first step to a set of quarried
stone steps in an old alleyway. You can see quite
easily the difference in the quarried-stone's drill-
marks & sharp corners, versus an old standing stone's
very worn and crude shape. [Picture]
More importantly, this candidate standing-stone is
similar in length, taper, and girth to the ones still
erect by the road. Color and stone type seem to match
too. It even has the rectangular cross-section at the
base like the surviving stones. [Picture]
All this could have been enough for us to identify
it, at least on a preliminary basis, but there was yet
another telling detail. The first stone we originally
found had a peculiar shaved side which seemed at first
to be some defect in the stone, making the "downhill"
face smaller than the "uphill" one. We determined on
July 6th that it aligned with magnetic north. [NB: It
is uncertain where magnetic north may have been sighted
from there thousands of years ago when the stone was
theoretically set up. We should also observe that some
scholars dispute that any magnetic compass was used by
This new stone--which could be the fourth standing
stone located--is also shaved on the side very much
like the standing stone out by the road. These two
stones could be twins.
One detail worth noting is that the top 2 or 3 feet
may be missing from this fourth stone, broken off at
the small end because it was not deemed thick enough
to serve as a step. Such remnants may also be found
around the area. [Possible top remnant PICTURE]
This is a nice discovery and provides confirmation
for our idea that the surviving stones can be found
still in current use if we continue to search the area.
It would be ideal if we had a test for such proposed
re-used stones, either for their composition or age.
With such a test, we could scientifically confirm (or
refute) that such stones are re-located standing-stones.
Meanwhile, we plan to walk the roads to track down
the rest of the lost stone children of those ancient
builders who left us this testimony to their longing
to find their way home--perhaps home to Jerusalem,
where so many things seem to have begun...
AUGUST 30, 2001 UPDATE:
The layout of the standing-stones in the original
"avenue" pointed at that place where the sun sets on
the Summer Solstice. But we have now discovered that
what would appear to have been the exact place on the
horizon where the solar disc would touch down would
have been a small knoll, visible from the standing-
stone hill. This knoll rises above what is now a
dead-end road that used to be the extension of the
highway, but some 200-300 years ago, back in Colonial
We have now walked this old route and believe it
could be one mile or so in its whole length, which
might make the entire site one of the largest arrays
of standing-stones known, if it can be verified, and
if it could ever be reconstructed.
On the sunset knoll, it looks as if there is some
sort of giant boulder. We could not get close enough
to be sure. Also, the dense overgrowth of vegetation
there is hindering the view until the leaves fall in
autumn. If there is indeed a boulder there, the old
standing-stone sight-line to the setting sun on the
Solstice could have been to it. That boulder there,
if it is ancient, and the original standing-stones,
could cover a total array length of about a mile.
SEPT. 8, 2001 UPDATE:
We have now found two or three more stones that
may also be derived from "fallen" standing stones.
One of these was re-carved into a sign in 1851. If
you look closely at the image, you can see a darker
discoloration of stone on the back side than on the
front. It may have been caused by thousands of years
of weathering or simply by being half-buried under
damp soil. The back is crudely-formed like all the
other standing-stone candidates.
In addition to this curious stone, which is long
enough to match the 9' height of a fully excavated
standing-stone, we have found two other old stones
being used as door-steps for a newer home on the other
side of the original standing-stone hill, a few hundred
feet to the near side. If these stones had originally
been "standing" at this location, it would suggest
this entire array might have been far longer than we
thought only days ago--one that extended down both
sides of the hill!
We are working on a map of the site that will show
the whole scope of what once may have been here.
We have now found two standing stones, four possible
stones used as steps, one possible stone used as a sign,
and two eyewitness reports of two more known confirmed
formerly-standing stones, removed about 50 years ago.
This is a total of up to eight or nine stones so far.
That fact itself is impressive, when you recall that
the process began with only one easily-seen stone.
OCT 2, 2001 UPDATE:
We have made an interesting little discovery over
the weekend. The height of the standing stone appears
to be exactly 1/24th of the distance between sets of
stones as you go up the hill: 87.5" x 24 = 175 feet.
This suggests a link to lunar cycles of waxing and
waning, of which there are 24 in a lunar year. If we
look back to the Summer Solstice event that started
our quest, it was the Solstice Full Moonrise over the
crest of the hill, framed by the stones on either side.
That was surely one of the alignments they had watched
for, calibrating their maps and calendars by it.
There is a lot more ground to cover around this old
town. So stay tuned!
[J. Tyler Aaron has a degree in Materials Science, and
her sharp, well-framed photographs (which you'll find
linked to this article) reveal, better than words ever
could, the unusual shape and texture of these stones.]
ANCIENT STANDING STONES IN MAINE
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