Amesbury: Powwow River Books, 2021. First edition, in 100 copies. Oversized Paperback. Quarto, pp. 336, illustrated with b/w photographs. New. Item #20556
The main complex of the America's Stonehenge site in New Hampshire is a collection of stone chambers, enclosures, niches, standing stones, carved drains and basins, and astronomical alignments. The archaeological community has largely dismissed this seemly eclectic collection of structures as the work of an eccentric farmer named Jonathan Pattee who built his house on top of the ruins in the 19th century. Other researchers have sought to compare the chambers and astronomical alignments to stone structures from around the world built by other ancient peoples. No one has thought to evaluate the site on its own merits, specifically evaluating its architecture ... until now. This architectural study reveals the site was built in a series of distinct phases each with its own unique style, while at the same time incorporating key concepts and ideas from previous phases. The second part of this book uses primary source materials to reconstruct the history of the Pattee family who owned the hill where the site is found from 1739 through 1863. An absorbing story for those interested in the history and construction of this site.