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Vandals Take Power Tool to 'America’s Stonehenge'

Police suspect attack in New Hampshire was reenactment of a scene in a book
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 4, 2019 3:41 PM CDT
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This photo released by police shows vandalism to a stone in group of rock configurations called America's Stonehenge in Salem, New Hampshire.   (Salem Police Department via AP)
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(Newser) – Police in New Hampshire say it appears someone used a power tool to vandalize a stone at group of rock configurations called America’s Stonehenge. The vandalism was reported to the Salem police Sunday by the property’s owners, the AP reports. The stone was knocked over. Police also said an 18-inch wooden cross was suspended between two trees, and several photos and hand-drawn images were attached to it. Police haven’t identified anyone in the photos. They believe the person or persons involved were trying to reenact a scene in a fictional book that features the Salem site.

America’s Stonehenge, which features cave-like, granite enclosures, has drawn believers who say it is 1,000 or more years old, and skeptics who say the evidence suggests it was the work of a 19th-century shoemaker. The attraction's website says America's Stonehenge is an astronomically aligned calendar, per the Eagle-Tribune, that can mark solstices and other lunar and solar events.

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