The Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone

Published on 7 December 2019 at 20:58

Winnipesaukee  mystery stone

In 1872, Meredith, New Hampshire a mysterious stone was found while digging a hole for of a fence. The stone looked unusual and native decorated and was given to Seneca Ladd. When the old stone was examined, something very bizarre came to light... What could it possibly be?


After the death of Seneca the stone was passed on to one of his daughters, who donated the stone to the New Hampshire Historical Society in 1927. Here the stone can still be admired.


The stone                                                                                                                                                                                    

The stone is probably from the Stone Age, but the origin and purpose are still unknown today. The stone is about 4 inches long and 2.5 inches thick. It has a dark brown color and has the shape of an egg. There are also a number of symbols on the stone. You can see a moon, a face, dots, a spiral, a number of arrows, an ear or corn and a few other figures on the stone.


Some speculate the egg-shaped stone resembles a astronaut. 


One of the most fascinating things about the stone is the hole that goes through the stone. It would have been drilled with a different size of drill at each end.


Photo by: John Phelan. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


A researcher thought the stone was quite old and a memorial to a treaty between tribes. But another writer said it was a thunderstone and that these stones always seem to have been carved with machines or by hand. Also, these stones would come from very deep in the earth and would be surrounded by rocks.

In 1994 a borescope analysis was carried out on the stone. In the research on the stone it appeared that the hole was drilled by power tools from the 19th or 20th century... while the stone was found in 1872. The research also showed that the stone was placed on a metal shaft and was put up here several times.


There are a number of technologies that could be associated with prehistoric tools, but this was not quite like it. Especially because the hole was almost perfectly round and smooth and it could not be compared to something that is hundreds of years old. Yet the stone was found in 1872, so it remains a mystery how this is possible.



The first owner thought it was an Indian relic, but researchers believe it might have a Celtic or Inuit origin. Not only a stone egg has been found here, but similar stones have been found in different parts of the world. The origins are not limited to a particular country or continent.




It is not always possible to know what an object has been used for in the past. There are still many objects that need to be researched, including this stone. However, there are a number of theories about what it may have been used for.


As I mentioned before, it can be a thunderstone. A thunderstone is found in different folklore and mythology. Such a stone is a various stone, like a meteorite or an ancient artifact. When farmers found such a stone, they thought that thunderbolts had fallen out of the sky and buried them on their land again. So it is a theory that the stone may have been a kind of ancient tool of early man.


The hole may have been used to hang the stone or to put a stick through it. The best known theory is that the stone was a treaty between two tribes and that the stone was put on a stick in the ground to mark off the territory of the tribes.

I developed my own theory. Imagine that the stone was actually found in 1872, but then it was lost or fell apart. The borescope analysis was not carried out until 1994, which means that between 1927 and 1994 there was enough time to make a replica of the stone, which explains the use of power tools from 19th or 20th century.


What do you think about the mentioned theories, do you have a theory about this mysterious stone?


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