NEW ENGLAND ANTIQUITIES RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (NEARA) Our 50th year!
Over the past two hundred years or more, as they roamed America’s northeastern woods, sharp-eyed observers have been finding enigmatic stone structures. These include elegantly constructed chambers, crude stone piles, unusual stone walls and circles, propped boulders, petroglyphs and earthen or stone mounds. Attempts at explanation have been almost as numerous as the finders. Some attribute the features to colonial field clearing, farm food storage (root cellars), animal pens or hunting shelters. Others see similarities to European or Mediterranean structures from pre-Columbian times. Some features seem to be American Indian, used perhaps for ceremonial, astronomical or calendar purposes.
NEARA was founded in 1964 to promote disciplined research exploring the origins and functions of these structures and sites, to document them and to encourage their protection and preservation. Volunteers participate in the search for new sites and enjoy the challenge of better understanding them through the traditional lenses of history, archaeology, anthropology and geology, as well as less established fields such as archaeoastronomy, deed research, and epigraphy.
Evidence has been accumulating but in many cases the mysteries remain unsolved.
NEARA is dedicated to ongoing, multi-disciplined research using the broad spectrum of the talents and abilities of its members and other researchers.
We invite you to share in this unfolding adventure of discovery by joining NEARA today.
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The Overton Stone
Here is an article that discusses what NEARA has been able to learn about the Overton Stone, a boulder near the sea in Overton, close to Yarmouth, NS, Canada, that has an unusual cross carved into it, and a number of other enigmatic symbols. Click on the following link to read the article: The Overton Stone