|Delaware Forest Dolmen
mystery megalith on a limestone ledge
Glacial Erratic? Stone Shelter? Ancient Dolmen?
Kingston, New York
Delaware Forest is a 200-acre remnant woodland on a limestone ridge east of Kingston, north of the mouth of the Rondout River. Through limbs of the mature and ancient trees on this limestone ledge, a hiker glimpses the Hudson River, Kingston Point and the Roundout riverhead. At the crown of the ridge, massive slabs of limestone stand on end, and on edge, hinting an even older megalithic mystery is hidden under the limbs of this ancient forest remnant.
PHOTO: DYarrow 6/17/02
These remarkable rocks are in plain view from Huck Fasteners parking lot, half exposed to sunlight along its clearcut west edge. The protruding pile of jagged boulders is up a slope, half hidden by brush, and guarded by poison ivy. Shrubbery and elevation disguise these stones, making it easy for a casual eye to miss them, and a busy mind to dismiss them.
As required by law, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must be prepared before building the five-factory industrial park planned for this forest. The EIS must include historical and arhaeological research. The City of Kingston hired professional archaeologists to study this immature karst limestone ledge. They found quarries where prehistoric men had mined chert, and several sites where flint was chipped and worked into arrowhead, spearpoint, blade, and tool. The archaeologists labeled these oddly positioned boulders "Site #2," and assessed the giagantic limestone slabs in their site survey. The professional archaeologists concluded these oddly-shaped and strangely-positioned stones were a stone shelter constructed by the primitive chert miners and flint knappers.
Despite this tremendous understatement of the significance of these rocks, the City of Kingston Industrial Development Authority elected to level the site and convert their last forest into an industrial park with six factory sites, each with their own level-perfect parking lot.
PHOTO: DYarrow 6/17/02
My first inspection of this rock pile was June 17, 2002, during my first survey of what I choose to name "Delaware Avenue Forest." Immediately, I recalled other obvious megaliths I have seen in the Hudson Valley. These stones were in that same order of scale, and seemed placed at a proper, auspicious site. But I was a newcomer stumbling by on an ancient forest scouting visit, and didn't have a map or a dowsing rod.
A First Glimpse
Right away, I had serious doubts ancient hunters dragged 10 to 15 ton limestone slabs to the highest point on a ridge to prop on edge just to create a crude shelter to chip chert into tools. Rather, this stone assembly increased my belief a completely different purpose motivated ancient humans to engineer and architect these monuments. And I believe these human ancestors had a thoroughly different culture than primitive hunter-gatherers—a global, universal understanding that spanned not only continents, but dimensions.
Later, when I first squinted through a strong magnifier lens at a gray-scale aerial photo of the ridge, I began to see this was an extra-ordinary nexus in the landscape—definitely a suitable seat to implant mystery, or evoke mythic memory. In an icosa-dodeca nest like the Becker-Hagens Global Grid, I realized this midpoint between New York City and Albany was a secondary, perhaps primary grid point in the matrix. Already, I saw two obvious alignments: north-south through the Hudson Valley, and northeast-southwest, along the Shawagunk Ridge to the Delaware River.
My second inspection of the stones was July 13, 2002, during a visit leading an old growth forest survey team. While teams wandered the woods collecting data, I studied the stones, and dowsed them for water and energy fields. What I found makes certain that the stones are megaliths erected on a power point in the regional long wave grid.
One extrardinary feature that makes these huge stone shards more than glacial boulders is their placement. Three major regional ley lines pass directly through the stones. Three high-level trunk lines of long wave enery align exactly at those stone shards. Click here to see these alignments on the aerial photo.
A Dowser's Insights
To learn three ley lines cross the ridge would not be a great discovery. But these three beams of long wave energy are precisely focused at those stone shards. And those three alignments create linkages with the greatest watersheds and mountains in the region. One is roughly south-to-north, connecting Hudson Harbor to St. Lawrence River near Montreal. Another aligns with the Delaware River's right angle bend, and along the great geological fracture that threw up the Shawagunk Ridge. The third links the Catskill Peaks with the eastern end of Long Island.
Another feature that identifies this as more than a random act of nature is that a large fountain of water ("water dome", "blind spring") rises directly under these stones. A vertical river rises under the rocks, reaching nearly 150 feet below, then turning to flow outwards in a rosette of 19 deep water veins. Such large and complex underground flow systems are rare and extra-ordinary. To find one under these stones is a challenge to imagination and reason. And contrary to any conventional history of human culture.
At day's end, after the survey teams left, I returned to contemplate this ancient ruin in evening's fading light. Obviously, these rocks were ancient beyond old growth. A hardwood forest was old at 100 years, and ancient at 200. These stones were likely placed here three thousand years ago, perhaps four or five, perhaps more. These enormous rocks had endured the weathering of millennia better than other megaliths I've found in the Hudson Valley. Large chunks fractured off the mother stones and formed a rocky debris field around the stone stumps.
A Different View
I searched for a geometric order that might unite these fragments into an overall design. Eventually, I noticed smaller stones tucked against the massive south slab, and began to suspect a greater catastrophe than weathering had shattered these stones out of their original arrangement. As daylight dimmed, I began to consider these huge slabs were shards of a gigantic dolmen—an immense altar table of flat stone standing on legs of smaller rocks.
The largest dolmen in North America is located only about an hour's drive south of Kingston, in the town of North Salem in Westchester County, nearly on the NY-Conn. border. This dolmen is a round, 90-ton granite rock, at least 12 feet in diameter, perched rather delicately on five quite small marble pegs. The effect is much like having a bastketball balanced on five chopsticks. This massive stone pedestal sits immediately beside the highway entering North Salem from the south. A historical marker by this dolmen notes that originally this was considerd to be a "glacial erratic"—a random rock deposited by the last continental glacier. However, the historical marker notes that this geological designation generated significant controversy, and now the odd pedestal of stones is considered to be a man-made erection to hononr an ancient king.
My own view of these megalithic erections is vastly different. They are less marker monuments or ceremonial altars, than devices—practical machines for causing some useful effects on the environment. Ancient peoples were unlikely to invest much thought or labor in such a challenging feat of architecture, engineering and construction unless they gained some practical advantage.
The Earth can be understood as the orderly material manifestation of extremely low frequency (ELF) energy waves. These very long waves are fields of force that are woven together to form a standing wave that is a stable wave matrix—a nested grid—of energies. This energy matrix has a definite geometric and functional order—like a crystal—but this is an oscillating waveform. Tectonic boundaries, fault lines, mountain ranges, major rivers, watersheds, prairies, and other geographic features of the Earth are distributed according to the geometry of this energy matrix.
Within this geometric grid, each low frequency, long wave energy has certain points of zero energy or null vibration. At certain points, the zero-sum point of one energy waves coincides with zero-sum moments of other waves. This creates a special null point in the grid—a spot whichh is empty and inactive. Ancient people seemed to know how to locate these empty places in the matrix or grid. And they erected stones or contructed earth mounds at these special nodes. These ancients had a technology to affect the energy matrix of the landscape.
Long Wave Sensor
An analogy from modern technology are microwave towers in the telecommunications grid for long distance transmission of telephone, television and computer signals. These microwave towers are positioned at the high points to intercept beams of high frequency, short wave energy. The signals is boosted by a microwave amplifier, and then beamed to the next tower in the sequence.
Ancient megalithic constructions functioned in a similar fashion, only they are tuned to ELF, or the long wave energies of the planetary grid. To intercept these long waves of earth energy, the devices must be positioned at the nodes—or null points—of the energy matrix.