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This is an eight minute video exploring CSL site at Manitou Hassannash Preserve in Hopkinton, RI

 

 

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ABOUT US

Mary Gage and James (mother & son) have been researching stones structures in Northeastern United States since 1992. Their research has focused on historic agricultural farm structures, stone quarrying technology & methods, and Native American ritual stone structures and landscapes. They have authored journal articles, several books, produced a forty minute documentary film, and maintain the websites www.stonestructures.org & www.mysteryhillnh.info &
www.newenglandrecipes.org

They have focused on developing non-destructive and non-invasive means of researching stone structures. This approach effectively preserves these sites for future researchers while at the same time respecting the cultural sensitivity of Native American ritual sites. Their innovative new approach to studying stone structures is based upon treating the structure itself as a cultural feature or artifact. This new approach is the basis for their book A Handbook of Stones Structures in Northeastern United States.The authors answer questions and provide research assistance to land owners, Native American tribes, federal and state officials, and researchers worldwide.

Their book The Art of Splitting Stone: Early Rock Quarrying Methods in Pre-Industrial New England 1630-1825 (2nd edition) has become the standard reference on the subject. It is consulted by stone masons, libraries, researchers, and institutions in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, and Australia.

James Gage graduated cum laude from University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.A. in History. He currently works for New England Law | Boston. Mary Gage has retired and currently devotes her time to research and writing.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Mary Gage & James Gage (2003), Stories Carved in Stone: The Story of the Dummer Family, the Merrimac Valley Gravestone Carvers, and the Newbury Carved Stones, 1636-1735. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

Mary Gage & James Gage (2005), The Art of Splitting Stone: Early Rock Quarrying Methods in Pre-Industrial New England 1630-1825 2nd Edition. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

Mary Gage & James Gage (2006), A Guide to New England Stone Structures. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

Mary Gage (author) & James Gage (photographer) (2006), America’s Stonehenge Deciphered. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

Mary Gage (author) & James Gage (photographer) (2007), A Guide to America’s Stonehenge. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

Mary Gage & James Gage (2008), A Handbook of Stones Structures in Northeastern United States. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

James Gage (2009), Root Cellars in America: Their History, Design and Construction 1609-1920. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

James Gage (2012), Root Cellars in America: Their History, Design and Construction 1609-1920. 2nd Edition. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

Mary Gage (2012) The Stones of Dogtown & Beyond: Dogtown to Poole Hill. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

Mary Gage & James Gage (2014), Milestones & Guideposts if Massachusetts and Southeastern New Hampshire. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

Mary Gage & James Gage (2017), Land of a Thousand Cairns: Revival of Old-Style Ceremonies. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

Mary Gage (2021), The Architecture of America’s Stonehenge. Amesbury, M: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

Documentary Film Productions

James Gage (producer) & Mary Gage (research consultant) (2007), America’s Stonehenge: The History of a Sacred Place [DVD]. Amesbury, MA: Powwow River Books. [More Information]

James Gage & Mary Gage (producers) (2007), Native American Ritual Stones Structures in Northeastern United State. youtube.com

Mary Gage (producer) Tour of Stone Structures in the Woods (presented at the 9th Annual Native American Archaeology Round Table [2014]) youtube.com

Film Interviews

Mary Gage was interviewed on “Main Streets and Back Roads” Segment of Chronicle TV show October 30, 2003 about the milestones of Newbury, MA.

James Gage was interviewed for “Weird or What?” series for a segment on the America’s Stonehenge site (episode 5, 2010). The showed aired on the Discovery channel. Series was produced by Cineflix, a Canadian based company.

Newspaper / Magazine Interviews

Mary Gage and James Gage were interviewed by Terry Date of the Eagle Tribune on their research for the book The Architecture of America’s Stonehenge. The feature article appeared in the spring 2022 issues of Windham Magazine, Newburyport Magazine, and the Eagle Tribune (Sunday edition, 5-8-2022) [link to story]

Journal Articles

Mary Gage, “Some Observations on Caddy Park” Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Vol. 64 (2) Fall 2003, pp. 22-27. [Full Text: www.stonestructures.org/html/caddy_park.html] [PDF Version]

Mary Gage & James Gage, “Manana Island Petroglyph” The Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin, Vol. 44 (1) Spring 2004, pp. 15-20. [Full Text: www.stonestructures.org/html/manana_island.html] [PDF Version]

James Gage, “Two Mangum Terrace (Ditch & Embankment) Features, Swan Island, Kennebec River [ME]” Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin Vol. 48 (1), Spring 2008, pp. 19-26. [PDF Version]

James Gage, “Stone Chambers in Northeastern United States” Stone Chat (Dry Stone Walling Association, North Wales Branch) no.22 Autumn 2010

James Gage, “Native American Stone Cairns: A Brief Overview” Stone Chat (Dry Stone Walling Association, North Wales Branch) no.23 Spring 2011.

Mary Gage,  “New England Native American Spirit Structures.” Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society 74 (1): 25-32 (2013). [PDF Version]

James Gage, “Field Clearing: Stone Removal and Disposal Practices in Agriculture & Farming.” Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut  76:33-81 (2014). [PDF Version] SEE Revised and expanded 2020 version at Academia.edu https://www.academia.edu/43358356

Mary Gage, “Testing the Stockpiling and Field Stone Clearing Pile Theories” Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society 76 (1): 2-27 (2015) [PDF Version]

Mary Gage and James Gage, “How to Identify and Distinguish Native American Ceremonial Stone Structures from Historic Farm Structures”  Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut  77:17-40 (2015) [PDF Version]

Mary Gage and James Gage, “Stone Chambers: Root Cellars, Ice Houses, or Native American Ceremonial Structures?” Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut  77:69-100 (2015) [PDF Version]

Mary Gage, “The Challenge: Should Ceremonial Cairns and Field Clearing Piles be Characterized by Diversity or Consistency?” Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut  78: 33-50 (2016) [PDF Version]

Mary Gage, “Why Do Historic Farms Have Ceremonial Sites?” Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut  80: 129-163 (2018) [PDF Version]

Mary Gage, “Massachusetts Milestone Markers” Milestones & Waymarkers: The Journal of the Milestone Society v.14 (2022)

Online Articles, Reports and Presentations

Mary Gage, “Analysis of the Mount Carbon Stone Walls Site (46-Fa-1) Fayette County, West Virginia” (2009) [PDF on Academia.edu]

Mary Gage, “George and Archibald Cam (Free  African-Americans) Family Homestead & Historic Native American  Ceremonial Site Shelton, Connecticut” (2016) [PDF on Academia.edu]

James Gage, “Genealogical History of the Cam Family of Huntington (now Shelton), Fairfield County, Connecticut and their Properties” (2016) [PDF on Academia.edu]

Ceremonial Stone Landscapes Day Presentation (October 7, 2017): CSL Day Talk and the Powerpoint

Mary Gage, “Serpent Effigy Site (William & Mary Lewis  Farm) & Stone Chamber and Enclosure Site (Closson/Crandall Farm)  Burlingame Wildlife Management Area, Charlestown, RI” (2019) [PDF on Academia.edu]

Mary Gage, [VIDEO] “Serpent Effigy, Charlestown, RI” - This is a walking tour with commentary of this impressive effigy. Available on YouTube(24 minutes)

James Gage, “Land History and Genealogy Ceremonial Stone Landscape Sites Burlingame WMA, Charlestown, RI” (2019) [PDF on Academia.edu]

Mary Gage, “Serpents and Agriculture: The Power of the Seeds” (2020) [PDF on Academia.edu]

Mary Gage & James Gage “History and Surface Archaeology of the Willowdale Mills Complex on the Ipswich River, Winthrop Street, Hamilton, Massachusetts 1830-1915” (2020) (127 pages, 40mb, PDF)

Mary Gage, “Native American Worked Stone at America’s Stonehenge”(2021) [PDF Version]

Mary Gage, “Exploring the Diversity of Projectile Points, Expedient Flake Tools and Ceremonialism on an Occupation Site” [PDF version]

Mary Gage & James Gage, “1794 Block House & Later Alterations, Fort Trumbull, New London Connecticut”(2021) [PDF Version]

Mary Gage & James Gage, “Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbor: Quarried Stone Report”(2021) [PDF Version]

Mary Gage & James Gage, “Saville Farm and Native American Ceremonial Site, Gloucester, Massachusetts” (Site Report, 2021) [PDF version]

Mary Gage & James Gage, “Challenging the Ives Cairnfield Formation Model” (2021) Read on Acadenia.edu

Mary Gage & James Gage, Freetown Cairn Excavation: Developing New Evaluation Approaches for Stone Mounds (2021) Read on Academia.edu

Mary Gage, “Exploring the Architecture of the Stone Structures at America’s Stonehenge” (2021) Read on Academia.edu

Mary Gage, “Fact or Myth: Is America’s Stonehenge Restored Beyond Study” (2021) Read on Academia.edu

Mary Gage, “Split Stones and Underworld” (2022) Read on Academia.edu also available as PDF version

Mary Gage, “The Pentucket & America’s Stonehenge” (2022) Read on Academia.edu

Mary Gage, “The Jonathan Pattee Myth & America’s Stonehenge” (2022) Read on Academia.edu

Mary Gage & James Gage, “Nashoba Brook Chamber Complex: Ice House & Blacksmith Shop or Native American Chamber & Enclosure?” Read on Academia.edu

Mary Gage & James Gage, “Saint Aspinquid’s Cairn & Mount Agamenticus” Read on Academia.edu

 

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