(Originally printed in 'Mindscape Magazine', September 2011)
Being an English Antiquarian, I find it difficult to accept that academics remain ignorant and therefore do not protect these sites from road-widening schemes and other construction projects. I have a huge respect for the work NEARA (New England Antiquities Research Association) carry out, protecting the sites and educating the public about the significance of what might be in their back garden. Often these sites are on private land and one of the conclusions I reached by the end of my initial exploration, was that this was possibly the safest place for them to be. It is generally accepted by researchers that these sites were built by the Native American populations of the area a few hundred years ago, but carbon dating, archaeoastronomical alignments, scientific earth energy tests and oral histories have pushed the dates much further back than originally thought.