THEFT.

ON A GRAND SCALE.

STONE PRAYERS

Archeologist Curtiss Hoffman

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Where did they go? Hundreds of rare Indian artifacts most of them thousands of years old have vanished from collections, museums and libraries all over Suffolk County. Some were stolen, many borrowed by trustees, board members and scholars and never returned. 

Dr. Curtiss Hoffman, Professor Emeritus U Mass, Bridgewater has published a groundbreaking work on the ancient stone structures that dot the Atlantic Seaboard. For many years these serpentine walls, cairns, effigies and natural forms were thought to be of colonial or European origin but now are thought to be part of Native traditions.

In his 2019 release "Stone Prayers" Dr. Hoffman outlines a methodology by which archeologists can determine if the structures are European or Native in their origins. Of the 5,000+ structures in his study he was able to determine that most could be attributed to Native ceremonial use. Some of the walls, cairns and effigies may be astronomically aligned while others are the physical enactment of legends, stories and myths thousands of years old. 

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