Scattered through the upper Hudson and eastern Mohawk valleys are ancient holy places—sacred spaces from a lost and forgotten human past that somehow escaped major disturbance by modern civilization. Many are earthen mounds sited at central points of the land's natural energy flows, but others are innocuous stone piles, megalithic-style standing stones, or underground stone chambers. Some seem to be natural features, while others are clearly out of context in the geology and topography.
In the last five years, without making deliberate efforts to search for them, I discovered over a dozen of these unusual land features. A string of serendipitous events brought them to my attention. The circumstances of their discovery impresses me that something special and out-of-the-ordinary is associated with these places.
Recently I decided to document these sites, and conduct more thorough surveys of each, including site maps and photos. This webpage is my first attempt to assemble and present information so others can evaluate my findings, and contribute their own. Listings below compile data on each site, and provide a framework to gather and integrate more as it becomes available. Please send me (email@example.com) any information you have to expand this directory and deepen our understanding of the mystery of their origin and purpose.
Each site has a CERTAINTY rating to note how authentic each may be as a man-made mound of ancient origin. Virtual certainty is rated five stars (¶¶¶¶¶) for sites proven or accepted to be authentic. Comments accompany some ratings. Most need detailed site surveys—especially by dowsing—to confirm their authenticity as a sacred space. Such survey work is tedious, time consuming and difficult to interpret.
Already, at this early point in my investigation, clearly these sites aren't isolated, or randomly sited, but arranged in a larger pattern. Individual sites seem aligned in a grid or matrix. These alignments also seem to link major geographic and geologic land features, especially mountains and watersheds. Enough of a pattern has emerged to suggest where additional sites might be, and thus guide further fieldwork. The map at right reveals these alignments, but is currently more speculation than fact.
Other sites besides these mounds are sacred spaces. For example, weathered remains several megalithic-style standing stones are hidden in woods at Petrified Sea Gardens west of Saratoga Springs. I will include these in future surveys, but for now I only include earthen mounds.