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Standing Stones
mystery megaliths
near an ancient fossil reef
Petrified Sea Garden
Saratoga Springs, New York

Petrified Sea Gardens is a tiny park, but this recognized National Landmark preserves a very rare geological feature. The name refers to a thin layer of 500-million-year-old fossils on limestone bedrock north of Route 29 west of Saratoga Springs—one of few such sites in the world. These fossils are circular, irregular, clumpy formations built by successive layers of growth—they look like petrified cabbage heads. At first glance, they're uninteresting compared to dinosaur skeletons, petrified trees, trilobytes, and crinoid stems. But these half-billion-year-old life forms played a pivotal role in planetary evolution.

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These petrified relics are stromatolites--colonies of bluegreen algae—the first multi-celled organisms on Earth. Bluegreen algae were primitive bacteria that mastered the miracle of photosynthesis—capturing sunlight in chemical molecules as carbohydrates. As a by-product of this transformation of sunshine into sugar, bluegreen algae released oxygen. Before this, the planet had no free oxygen in its waters or air, and only anaerobic life existed. Though stromatolites lacked roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits or seeds, these primitive organisms were the first plants on our planet. This liberation of oxygen initiated by stromatolites was one of the greatest revolutions in evolution—one that led to animals and all other aerobic organisms—including, ultimately, homo sapiens—huemans.

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In 1990, friends took me to Petrified Sea Gardens to consult with the young couple managing the park, who were concerned for the future of the Gardens, which is crowded on three sides by a powerline and two limestone quarries. Petrified Sea Gardens is owned by a family that owns one quarry, and both quarries were seeking to expand. One had petitioned the City of Saratoga Springs and NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation for a permit.

The growth of these two mining operations threatened to swallow Petrified Sea Gardens, and convert its rare geological legacy into roadfill, concrete and cash. Or to at least degrade its tourism value by choking it in dust, noise and truck traffic. The couple wanted to mobilize concerned citizens to form a not-for-profit corporation to purchase the site and create an official park mandated to preserve this rare geological treasure.

The First Standing Stone

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The young man took me a "standing stone" in the forest north of the fossil reef. Crowning a modest knoll, shrouded in shade from medium-size trees, stood a cluster of very large limestone blocks and boulders—some stacked over seven feet high, the rest scattered about nearby. At first glance, from a distance, these boulders are easy to dismiss as an outcropping of bedrock. But closer, more thoughtful inspection reveals this is no feature of natural geology.

Like nearly all the land in the Hudson Valley, Petrified Sea Gardens is crisscrossed by low stone walls piled up by the earliest colonial settlers to mark their property boundaries, and divide their land into pastures, cultivated fields and forest. But this group of stones isn't part of any stone wall, and is made of stones many times larger and heavier than any colonial farmer could have moved. After all, what sensible settler would drag such massive blocks—each weighing several tons—up to the top of a hill? Colonial settlers lacked the technology and motivation to move and place such huge stones.

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I was acutely impressed by this stone monument rising from a ring of rubble, and was quickly convinced this is no ordinary outcrop or geological formation. Clearly, undeniably, this is a very ancient megalith—a huge, 30-or-more ton slab of limestone that had been stood upright on its end at a power point in the landscape grid of ley lines, and the center of a ring of water columns rising in an orderly, uniform geometry.

Today, the official Petrified Sea Gardens website refers to this and the other standing stones as "glacial erratics" This is no glacial deposit left randomly 12,000 years ago by a receding continental glacier.

Rather, and quite clearly, this mystery monument is a man-made placement established by careful intention and deliberate intelligence for a purpose that we can only speculate and imagine.

Ancient Aura

This standing stone is likely not just a few centuries old, but was put in place several millennia ago. My best guess is perhaps 4000 years ago—2000 BC—but perhaps earlier. Over a few thousands years, alternating cycles of heat & water, and cold & ice had weathered and broken the single, upright slab into a stump, likely only a quarter or less it's original height. Or perhaps what was once a single monolith was fractured and broken apart into pieces by early settlers who decided it was an unacceptable enigma—an abomination to conventional ideas of hueman history.

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But this stone stump is nearly eight feet high, and obviously extends several more feet below the talus of boulders scattered around its base. This megalith's once-awesome summit is now a jigsaw jumble of broken pieces. Surrounding this shattered megalith is a small field of chunks and fragments. My first guess was the original megalith was at least 12—and perhaps 18—feet tall. And probably two feet thick and seven feet wide—definitely a flat slab—much like the enigmatic and mysterious green monoliths featured in Stanley Kubrick's classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

A few fallen fragments are encased in thick mats of bright green moss. Some are entirely embedded in this soft, fuzzy carpet. Dense moss also covers the lower parts of the slab's remaining stump. In the Northeast's harsh winters, such a lush, verdant beard takes many centuries of undisturbed growth to become so well established, and supports a pre-colonial origin to this rock formation.

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Walking Ferns

I was excited to see a tiny fern growing amid the moss on the weathered stump. With leaves no more than three or four inches long and less than an inch wide, this seemingly insignificant plant is actually very rare—the walking fern—a species I had seen only at two other sites in New York, and known to exist in a few dozen sites statewide—all featuring limestone bedrock and ancient, undisturb forest settings.

The walking fern takes its name from its unique method of reproduction and distribution. The furthest tip of a leaf will grow outwards, sometimes extending six inches. Where this growing leafy tip touches the moss, a new fern develops, sprouting roots and a new crown of leaves. This simple vegetative strategy avoids the necessity to form spores in order to reproduce and spread.

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Dowser's Insights

A few moments of dowsing convinced me this is a man-made megalith—a mystery from a time before we have any written record of human history. Two ley lines cross exactly centered on the stump. This is no random outcrop or glacial leftover. Intelligence selected this slab's site to precisely place it at a node in the geomagnetic grid. Like a stone acupuncture needle, this megalith pierces flows of flux linking distant power points in a living landscape.

Shifting my attention to underground water flows, I detected directly under this megalith a rising water column fanning out in an orderly rosette of seven large veins—each over 70 gallons a minute. Like spokes from the hub of a wheel, the seven veins radiate outwards from beneath this ancient monolith. No geological coincidence could position this stone pile with such precision and purpose.

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So, this standing stone is precisely sited at a sacred space—where heaven and earth are joined in a vertical axis of energy. The water rising beneath, and the ley lines crossing at the stone pile form a geomagnetic bubble at the land's surface. But while I was convinced this stone pile was an ancient man-made monolith, I had only vague speculations to explain the purpose of this placement. And even weaker notions how an unknown ancient people had managed to move and place this massive monolith.

Second Visit

A few weeks later, I returned to Petrified Sea Garden, accompanied by three friends, including a local sensitive, or psychic. My guide wasn't available, so I led my companions on a search for the standing stone. To my frustration, I failed to find it. But after a few minutes questing about, I stumbled on a second, even more amazing and mysterious megalith.

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Like the first standing stone, this second one sits on the crown of a low rise of land, and seems at first glance to be another eight-foot stack of a few huge stone blocks amid a chaotic debris field of large and medium-size boulders. But the configuration and alignment of these stones is even more unnatural and astonishing than the first.

Approaching from the south, this second looks like two large 20-ton blocks stacked one on the other. But circling around to the east or west, this stack appears to be a twin stack of four stones, with an opening separating the upper stones in each stack. This arrangement leaves about a one-foot-wide, east-to-west gap between the two upper stones—like a giant gunsight. Any idea that these stones are a natural, accidental placement seems absurd and unrealistic.

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That this obviously intelligent placement is certainly man-made is further confirmed by a few moments of dowsing, which revealed that three ley lines cross exactly at this unlikely pile. Even moreso, one of those three is aligned with this 12-inch, east-west aperture. A second ley line runs north-south through the stack. The third ley line is on a diagonal, southeast-to-northwest alignment, and in the southeast direction, this third line passes through a smaller pile of large stones perhaps 150 feet away, and continues on through the woods toward the first standing stone.

Further dowsing determined this extra-ordinary stack of stones sits at the center of a ring of five rising water columns. Each column feeds seven water veins, and each vein which initially flows inwards toward the stones quickly bends and turns outward, so that all 35 veins flow outward away from the stone stack. Thus, unseen under the ground beneath this stone stack, an orderly rosette of 35 veins radiate way from this astonishing remnant of an ancient megalith.

No glacial coincidence can account for this incredible configuration of geometry and geomancy.

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As with the first megalith, this second was surrounded by a field of fragments. From small chunks to large blocks litter the ground all around the base of the standing stack of stones, and careful study of this debris field gives the impression that these were once parts of a single larger standing stone that stood 12 feet or higher. Most of these smaller fragments are thickly covered by emerald moss. And on the northwest base of the standing stack is another small outgrowth of the rare walking fern.

Third Visit

After a few more weeks, I returned for a third inspection of these mystery megaliths. My previous two visits had raised more questions than they answered, and I had too little time to do the fieldwork needed to thoroughly mark and map the ley lines and water veins to my satisfaction. After studying and again confirming the extra-ordinary features of the two standing stones, I expanded my circle of inquiry, and my dowsing indicated there were more items of interest further to the north.

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Following the direction of my dowsing rod, I wandered north through the woods, nting a few other smaller stone piles that are aligned on ley lines. A few hundred feet further north, I discovered a group of four adjacent boulders—each three to five feet across—arranged in a line. Dowsing disclosed a crossing of two ley lines adjacent to one end of this line of boulders. Looking more carefully and thoughfully, it seemed these were actually once a single stone, slab which had fallen over and broken into the four chunks. I wondered if this fracturing was a natural event, or if perhaps some humans had conspired and labored to tumble this megalith and shattered it into these smaller pieces. No evidence offered the least clue to answer this question.

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I continued questing around, and within 200 feet, I discovered two more similar situations of apparent fallen standing stones that had broken in four or five fragments, each positioned at a crossing of ley lines.

Eventually a limestone slab of a different proportion and placement caught my attention. This one was immense—several times the size of the other megaliths—far larger than the Ford Econoline van I used to drive around New York in the 80's when I was organizing organic farmers into a statewide association (NOFA-NY).

I had no experience estimating the weight of such monstrous stone slabs, but if the other megaliths were 30 to 40 tons, this newest discovery must be over 300 tons. And rather than standing up on end, this monstrous megalith is tipped on edge at a 40 degree angle, with a few stones inserted under its southwest-facing edge to hold this huge block in this tilted posture.

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I could detect no ley lines crossing at this massive tilted slab. But searching in a wide circle around this megalith, I discovered that it sits at the center of five ley lines that seemed to originate at this stone and radiate outwards away from the stone. So it seemed this 300-ton monster megalith was not marking a ley line crossing, but was actually generating five new ley lines. One of those ley lines headed west, and passed through one of the fallen megaliths I had studied earlier, and continued west to touch another fallen and broken megalith. A hundred feet further west, the land fell away quickly and descended to leave the forest and cross Petrified Sea Gardens Road almost a mile north of the entrance to the park.



TERRA: The Earth Restoration and Renewal Alliancewww.championtrees.orgupdated 6/14/2003