A website dedicated to prehistoric archaeology called the Megalithic Portal is now launching a competition to try and resolve the question [of dowsing], with would-be psychics and scoffers invited to join a hunt for archaeological remains from the comfort of their own armchairs.
Andy Burnham, founder of the website, says dowsing has consistently sparked “more discussion and discord” than any other subject on the site. “We always end up with the same stalemate. Dowsers claim they can find anything and non-dowsers doubt that because there is no documented proof.”
Burnham invites both believers and agnostics to enter the competition, either by dowsing using their equipment of choice, or by pure guesswork, and to rate their own level of scepticism so the results can be graded.
Credit: @DjGrothe on Twitter
A dowsing competition to find archeological artifacts? Over a map? What is the mechanism? How can this work? How close do you have to get for a hit? How do you know that you DIDN’T get a hit – something may be buried there. I am confused. This is crazy.
Update: Nov 17. Randi speaks on the matter.