What a bizarre article! “Scientists”? Dowsing is a science? No details? Complete rubbish. (I’m picking up the UK lingo…)
A trio of scientists claim to have made the gory discovery after exploring the popular town centre park.
They tested a secluded part of the park, an area behind the buildings on Crescent Road, with a technique known as dowsing and claim to have found a mass burial site.
Visitors to the park may have seen the group of men wandering slowly over the grassy bank holding rods in their outstretched hands last Tuesday.
One of the researchers Don Hocking from Hertfordshire told the Courier: “We found lots of grave sites and we found one mass grave or ‘plague pit’. This is a place where the bodies of those who died of the plague were dumped. I am not sure what plague it was but the main plague was about 1660. It’s not very surprising. There must have been a lot around. The plague took out half the population.”
So. Many. Things. Wrong.
Scientists? They give no credentials. So, I’m not going to swallow that.
Tested? No. Guessed is more like it. They didn’t even confirm! Because “they are not archaeologists, they don’t dig.”
The obviously KNEW that “this is a place where the bodies were dumped”. No magic there then…
“It’s mostly for our own interest. […] We are always trying to refine the science aspect because it is a scientific thing although not universally regarded as such. We had a very successful day.”
How utterly unhelpful and pointless then. This is one of the stupidest pieces of “news” I’ve seen a while. From what I can tell, a group of guys told the paper they found graves by magic powers that they decide to call a “science” and never confirm their findings but pat themselves on the back for a successful day. If I am misinterpreting, shame on the paper for not including actual information. If I’m not, shame on the paper for being brain dead. This is awful.
Dowsing does not work. It never has, it it’s been tested and tested and tested and tested and tested….
It fails, fails, fails, fails, fails…
UPDATE (6-Nov-2014) Cheers to Peter Robinson, a DN reader, who decided to tell the Courier how ridiculous this story was.