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The Lancaster cross stones

The Lancaster cross stones

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Title:
The Lancaster cross stones
Description:
Cross stones, found in the local hills, have long been prized by many residents. They are a unique form of mineral andalusite (aluminum silicate) called chiastolite, from the Greek chiastros meaning "x-marked." According to local lore, they were worn by Native American braves as charms to give them strength. In the 19th century, it was popular to have them polished and fashioned into jewelry. They are also found in California, Pennsylvania, and Maine.
Name on Item:
Eugene and Beryl Christoph ; Kathleen Griffin
Date:
[ca. 1850–2000]
Format:
Photographs
Location:
Lancaster Historical Society
Collection (local):
Photo Archives of the Lancaster (MA) Historical Society
Subjects:
Rocks
Talismans
Places:
MassachusettsWorcester (county)Lancaster
Extent:
1 photograph
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Published in: Images of America, Lancaster / Heather Maurer Lennon. Charleston, SC ; Chicago IL ; Portsmouth NH ; San Francisco CA. : Arcadia Publishing, 2001
Identifier:
13232197