Like an army of minature Stonehendges, beguiling stone formations have been found in around Madison, Connecticut. The Hartford Courant reports that retired engineer and local resident Tom Paul has personally found thousands of them, and has taken to calling these chunks of rock "The Hammonasset Line", a string of stone walls that align during the solstices with snake-shaped rocks, white quartz boulders, cairns (human made stone piles) and prayer seats.
Mr. Paul's belief is that the solar alignment runs from a Native American council rock on Long Island clear across the Long Island Sound, through Madison and Killingsworth, northwest through Waterbury and eventually all the way up to the Berkshires and into the Catskills. Mr. Paul told the Courant he thinks many of the stone formations date back thousands of years and were constructed by Native Americans to mark the sunrise of winter solstice and the sunset of summer solstice. The very land that surrounds his backyard is rich with stone carvings, all of them lining up along the solstice to the 720-foot Bluff Head in Madison. "They are all along this line," he said to the Courant, "it's like looking through a gunsight at times."
Having spent years hiking along the line, Mr. Paul has been able to document the observation platforms, cairns, stone structures, prayer seats and rock piles that were built to resemble turtles and snakes, animals that figure prominently in Native American lore. The solstice lines follows 318.5 degrees northwest on a compass, traveling across the headwaters of the Delaware River, Lake Ontario in New York, Lake Huron in Michigan, and Manitoulin Island in Canada. These are all places where Native Americans lived for thousands of years.
The vice president of the New England Antiquities Research Association thinks Mr. Paul might be onto something, stating that tribes in the Southwestern United States, a swell as in Mexico and Central and South America, built stone structures such as the Hammonasset Line.
"When you've seen the things I've seen, you know no farmer did it. Archaeologists usually pay attention to the stuff below the earth and haven't paid enough attention to the surface stuff. It's time to change that."