The mystery of the ancient stone with a human face
The perfect egg-shaped stone was found in the United States more than a hundred years ago. But to this day, scientists have not figured out: Who and when cut a human face and some symbols on a stone? How could this be done? What is its purpose?
As the story goes, in 1872 in New Hampshire (New England), the USA near Lake Winnipesaukee, while digging a hole for the foundation, the workers found a piece of clay from which something dark stuck out. Inside was a dark stone, egg-shaped, with a very strange carving. On one side of a stone egg, a man’s face was carved, on the other, a corn cob, circles, spirals, crescent. Nobody has ever found anything like this before. There were a lot of questions: Who made the stone? What is he for? How old is he? What is it cut?
Today, there is no reliable answer to any of the questions, and no one is able to say for sure what kind of artifact this is, so it was called the “Mysterious Stone”.
Local businessman Seneca Ladd, who hired workers, registered the opening. Ledd, being a naturalist, already had an extensive collection of relics and samples.He was delighted with the new discovery and exhibited the relic with enthusiasm. Ledd died in 1892, and in 1927 one of his daughters donated a stone to the historical community in New Hampshire. He is now at the New Hemshire Museum of History. The stone was surrounded by mirrors, showing all the characters from all sides. The stone is 4 inches long, 2.5 inches thick and open on all sides. On the one hand points, spirals are depicted, on the other hand a corn cob, a circle with three figures. American naturalist Ledd suggested that the stone could be a symbol of the treaty between the tribes. Others said that the stone is Celtic or Inuit.
A letter from the historical society of 1931 described that it was a “mysterious stone”, machined, embedded in a piece of clay, surrounded by hard rock or coral. A curious detail was that at both ends of the stone there were holes of various sizes. Each channel had a straight, not a tapered trunk. According to analyzes done by government officials in 1944, the scratches in the lower hole suggest that the stone was mounted on a metal shaft and removed, several times.
Archaeologist Richard Boisvert concluded: "I saw several holes drilled in stone that are consistent with technologies associated with prehistoric North America." A certain irregularity in the application of holes could be natural for that time. Boisvert suggested that the holes could have been drilled with power tools in the 19th or 20th centuries: “What we saw could have been made several hundred years ago.”
As a result of the analysis conducted by geologist Evgeny Budette, they came to the conclusion that the stone consists of quartzite obtained from sandstone or milonite, fine-grained, layered rocks. Such material is formed as a result of displacement of the rock layers along the faults. Breeds of this type could not occur in Hampshire, but the source of the stone is unknown. It is very difficult to find out the origin of the mysterious stone.
The problem is that during his discovery, no one recorded, even approximately, the depth where he was. The focus was more on the object itself, and not on the details, such as the soil and depth, where it was found. Perhaps something was near him, and how far it was from the lake.The environment, the context can sometimes be more informative than the artifact itself. This information could clarify a lot, but it will never be known.
Director of the Society for Collections and Exhibitions Wesley Ball suggested one of the ways to research the mysterious stone. This may be a search for such symbolism. There is always hope that such images will be found in any manuscripts, especially since the artifact was processed approximately in the 19th century.