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more mysteries - 3Possibly the most enigmatic of all stone structures is the arcaded stone tower in Newport ,Rhode Island. Cited by Governor Benjamin Arnold in his 1675 will as "my stone built mill", resurrected  as a Viking ediface by Danish Scholar, Carl Christian Rafn in 1837 followedby nearly 175 years of debate over its origins.

 

 

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EXCAVATIONS AT THE NEWPORT TOWER

For the first time in nearly 60 years, in Fall 2006, an archaeological excavation took place in Touro Park, searching to answer the question: Who built the Newport Tower? The Norse, perhaps, with a connection to Greenland? The Scottish, with an eye to colonization? The Chinese, or the Portuguese, both needing rescue? Or perhaps even the Basque, known for their whale-spotting towers on the coasts of France and Spain?

We concluded our Fall 2006 excavation and are returing in October 2007 for a second season.

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THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE NEWPORT TOWER

Suzanne Carlson

Only a rugged stone apse, its back braced against the wind and Atlantic waves, remains of the early Medieval Norse round church of Orphir on the west coast of the Orkney Islands. The puzzling arcaded round church in the village of Lanleff in northern Brittany purports to be a Templar sanctuary, but its style betrays a construction date before the founding of that religious order. The octagonal tower in the abandoned Monastery of Saint Bavo in Ghent hides its upper story above a stone groined vault. The Knights of the Order of Christ chose the octagon for their altar tower in the Templar convent in Tomar, Portugal. Both of the twin towers on the grounds of the Sulpician Grand Seminary in Montreal, Canada features a fireplace with a flue exiting on the side wall, while the other has two fireplaces with the same unusual flue arrangement. Sir Edward Peyto’s elegant open-arcaded, round windmill dominates the rolling hills around Chesterton in Warwickshire, England. All of these buildings have been suggested as the inspiration or even prototype for the Newport Tower.

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THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE NEWPORT TOWER

By Suzanne Carlson, The Newport Tower, NEARA publications, 2006

ASTRONOMICAL ALIGNMENTS
OF THE NEWPORT TOWER

William S. Penhallow

Archaeoastronomy provides us with a powerful tool to study the Newport Tower. Possible astronomical alignments in the Tower were first reported as part of the Vinland Revisited 1000 Years of Discovery program that brought three Viking replica ships to Newport in September, 1991. Some of the results of this preliminary study were reported at the 1992 ABC Conference held at Brown University (sponsored by NEARA) (Penhallow et al. 1992a), and at the 23rd Meeting of the Division of Dynamical Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society held in Chicago (Penhallow et al. 1992b). The possible alignments noted in these papers were based on Figures 5, 6, 7, 8, and 16 in Means (1942) and were known to be of limited accuracy. Instead, the reader should familiarize himself with our derivative FIGURES 1 and 2 (P1 through P8 indicate pillars, W1 through W5 indicate windows, N1 through N7 are niches, and FP is a fireplace).

 

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 NEWPORT TOWER ASTRONMICAL ALIGNMENTS

William S. Penhallow, The Newport Tower. NEARA Publications, 2006