The Mastodon Project
Can You Find A Mastodon On A Pig Farm?
This article is a follow-up to the article entitled "The Mastodon Project - can you find a mastodon on a pig farm?" (see below)
Let's get the sad news out of the way first: Billy Jamieson, the Head Hunter, died in July 2011. He was the catalyst for the television show where the Mastodon Project got its start and an inspiration to all of us that choose to explore the untidy fringes of our world. We extend our condolences to his family. And yet the Mastodon Project lives on thanks to the participation of the many dowsers who have taken the time to map dowse for the remains of these enormous, ancient creatures who lived near the north shore of Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada, thanks to members of the Canadian Society of Dowsers who braved November winds this year to field dowse on site, and of course thanks to Brenda who owns the farm and continues to welcome us with patience and bowls of hot chili. Somehow Lewis Carroll's "Hunting of the Snark" long, fanciful poem comes to mind (quoted briefly at the end).
From the beginning of the project in November 2010 until now, the project has been born along on the faith that what we seek exists, and that we have the ability to find it. Much as Carroll's "Bellman" brought a crew of experts on board to hunt the Snark, I recruited visionary hunters from the ranks of dowsers around the world and invited them to map dowse, from a satellite image of Brenda's farm, a variety of questions concerning the current whereabouts of recognizable, recoverable mastodon remains. The crew was also complete for phase two: the Field Dowse. The intrepid on-site team consisted of veteran CSD water dowsers: myself, Lloyd Nuttall (Vice President of CSD) Debi Watson (a director of CSD) and her two sons Dan and Eric (the latter providing field support), Joop Ten They, and of course Brenda and her family.
The Map Dowse
The original article and invitation to participate in the project was published in the journals of the Canadian Society of Dowsers, the American Society of Dowsers, the British Society of Dowsers, the Ozark Research Institute and the Canadian Society of Questers. The project itself was featured on the front page of the May 28, 2011 edition of the Hamilton Spectator, and I also presented it in person at conferences sponsored by CSD, CSQ, BSD and ASD (in both Vermont and Arizona). I did not look at any of the results of the map dowse either when they were submitted or before the field dowse for two reasons: I did not want to create a thought form that other dowsers would find and mistake for the actual bones, and I did not want to prejudice my own field work.
Map Dowse Results Summary
The vast majority of the fifty four respondents dowsed that the mastodon bones in Billy's possession had been dug up from the area represented by the map (88%) and that we would be able to locate mastodon bones in the area (95%). While proposed locations for the recovery of the old bones were widespread, there was a concentration in the following squares: E5 (wooded area by stream, 5 hits); D4 (hilly pasture by stream, 3 hits) and G5 (field with one corner by stream, 3 hits). Memory of exactly where those bones were found has been lost, and there may have been more than one location from where they were recovered, so we will never know how accurate these results are, but I believe the clusters may be indicative of the truth. Proposed locations of where we might now recover mastodon bones also varied widely, but there were concentrations in map band 5 between D and H (16 hits) and in band 4 between C and D (8 hits). For depths, 28% dowsed that the depth to dig to recover bones was 0 to 5 feet; 29% found 6 to 10 feet; 15% found 11 to 25 feet, 3 % found 26 to 50 feet, and 24% found depths over 50 feet, including one maverick who found the depth to be at 7,000 feet.
The Field Dowse
It was just over a year from the initial television shoot before the Field Dowse Team came back to the farm. I had spent the summer promoting the project and wanted to give the global dowsing community plenty of time to respond. On a more practical level, we had to wait for the soybean and corn crops to be harvested so that we could walk freely over the land. On the two and half hour drive to the farm on the Field Dowse day, I had plenty of time to set the intention for the day: "To locate recognizable mastodon bones recoverable with the digging tools available." Although I had a shovel in the back of the car, I didn`t really think we'd be digging that day or even locating anything within the first few feet of top soil, as that area had been well turned over during the summer. Of course in the spring, before planting, frost heave can bring larger pieces of stone and bone to the surface, and animals can always bring things to where you ask to find them. Did I sabotage the project with that expectation? I don't think so, but it is indeed a challenge to keep thoughts both supportive and realistic.
Once the intention was set, I reminded myself to check with Brenda to make sure the farm's electric fences were turned off so as not to interfere with our ability to sense the subtle electromagnetic frequencies that might guide us to the mastodons which had been extinct in the area for at least 10,000 years. I also thought about how glaciation had changed the contours of the land during that period. This part of North America was covered in a thick sheet of ice that pushed down on the earth's crust and created the basin which became the Great Lakes. When the ice melted, the tremendous weight that had held the land down was lifted, and the land began to spring back. So a river that the mastodons drank from, or a bog that they might have become stuck in (both logical places to hunt for them both in the past and now) might be in a different place today than they were then. Our dowsing would have to account for the shifting river bed.
Instead of driving straight to Brenda's farm, I drove a circuit on the roads around the 100 acre property. I confirmed that the two stream branches on the western and eastern sides of her property both run more or less from the northwest to the south east. Rising land would have probably pushed the rivers north to some extent. Lloyd pointed out that the satellite map of the northern boundary of the farm (D3 on the map) showed light patches. While golf courses also have that look from satellite imagery, in this case he believed the light patches show where the river had meandered in the past. While it would be difficult to account for all 10,000 years of change in the area, the Team felt that if we at least acknowledged that these changes had taken place, we could adjust our internal dowsing programs accordingly. Next I checked in with the "Spirits of Place" - what the Romans would have called the "Genius Loci", and the Hindus refer to as "Devas" or light beings. These are the intelligent, natural energies that we humans coexist with but we are usually unaware of. I find it useful in all dowsing investigations to check with these energies to see if they support the project. (This process is outlined in my book "Dowsing Triage - Finding and Fixing Energy Problems.") I'd also like to mention here that having a Field Dowsing Team with different approaches was part of the project plan.
We each brought our own expertise and set of parameters to the project. For example Lloyd, Debi and Dan have done quite a bit of work dowsing cemeteries and native burials. Joop has also developed his own style over the years, and brings that to the table. Brenda, also a dowser, has an intimate knowledge of the energies of the farm having lived there with her animals for decades. In any case, as I approached the Spirit of Place, I was drawn to the people who lived there at the time of the mastodons. I wondered what a friendly greeting to them might be, and "I share meat" came to mind. This would have been a hunter-gatherer culture, so sharing meat would indeed have been a welcoming gesture. In any case, "speaking" to them, I said: "You keep the meat, we just want the bones." I continued checking in with the energies of the land, including the Spirit of the Mastodons, asking for permission to come onto the land, and for support in the location of recognizable mastodon bones. Pat Prevost, a former director of the CSD who I consulted on the project after the Field Dowse, also suggested that it is important to check with the matriarch of the specific mastodon herd whose bones we would be finding.
Results of the Field Dowse
So what happened? After meeting at the farm, the Team agreed not to look at the map dowse results until after we had done our field dowse (for the reasons mentioned above.) We split into teams and headed out with orange survey flags to mark our finds. Brenda's daughter drove Debi, Dan and Eric down to the southern end of the farm. Joop, Lloyd, Brenda and I headed on foot to the northern area, each of us more or less on our own. I pulled out my rods, fully intending to start in the northern part of the farm, and found myself directed immediately in the other direction, walking down the road that Debi and her crew had just driven down. After a good ten minute hike with my rods pointing resolutely straight ahead, I caught side of Debi's team in a field 100 yards to my right, but I kept my eyes focused on the ground in front of me and followed my rods. A few minutes later I noticed a survey flag on the path straight ahead. Sure enough, as I approached it, my rods signalled "Found Target" by crossing right over the flag. I photographed and GPSed the spot, and marched on, eventually flagging another three possible sites.
I was quite impressed with the logic of being directed guided to walk the property after the other Teams had already planted their flags so that I could provide some confirmations. Regrouping at the farm house we compared notes. Debi and Dan were responsible for the flag at the first spot that I also identified. Lloyd was responsible for another flag at a spot I identified and confirmed verbally a spot I flagged to the south. Lloyd also identified a spot where he feels the animals were disassembled (D3). Joop and Brenda located a site at the northwest corner of the farm.
Comparison of Map and Field Dowse Data
Of the seven locations the Field Team flagged (three sites were marked twice), five locations (seven hits) were in or close to the map upper band of 5 between E and H, and two locations (three hits) were found in C3. There is some correlation between the map dowses and the field dowse, particularly in the 5 band. There is also a correlation with two of the locations used in the original television shoot in 2010 (5H, 5G) that the on-site paleobiologist had indicated could have been potential mastodon habitat 10,000 years ago. (I have been careful during the promotion of this project not to indicate in any way where we shot the footage.) During the debriefing after the Field Dowse, I asked the Team to check whether we had influenced each other in our search results to see if we had developed a telepathic connection with each other or the Found Target locations that could have skewed the results. We dowsed we were free of influence from each other, but as we well know, it is often hard to be objective about one's own dowsing.
Well the logical thing to do next is to dig, but for that we'll need an excavator as there is far too much soil to move by hand. If Brenda is willing, we could invite a university to get involved with the project at this point and a proper excavation could be conducted as part of their class work. We haven't chosen a site to dig yet, and I'd like to open up the map dowsing to you again to examine the Field Team results. The Field Locations are identified as: 1 (map C3 mid); 2 (C3 bottom); 3 (E5); 4 (E/F at 4/5); 5 (G5); 6 (G/H 4) and 7 (H5). Depths were not consistently checked, so have been omitted here.
Questions for each location:
1 What is the probability that recognizable mastodon bones will be recovered at this location (from 1 to 7, as listed above) with the digging tools available? 2. At what depth would recognizable mastodon bones be found (at locations from 1 to 7, as listed above)? 3. Please send your results to me as soon as you can so that we can compile and analyse.
Thank you to all the people who have participated in the Mastodon Project thus far, and again our thanks to the memory of Billy Jamieson, the head hunter whose curiosity about the hidden world got the whole thing started. I hope to have another progress report for you in the spring. The search continues.
The Hunting of the Snark - An Agony in 8 Fits (excerpted)
Lewis Carroll, 1874
"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.
"Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
That alone should encourage the crew.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
What I tell you three times is true."
The Mastodon Project - Original Story
Can you find a mastodon on a pig farm? It turns out the answer is a resounding MAYBE at Brenda Jackson's farm near St. Thomas, Ontario. With Brenda's encouragement, we are setting out to map dowse and eventually field dowse for the whereabouts of mastodon bones at the farm. I invite you to participate in the map dowsing portion of the project.
Dowsing amplifies what the body senses, and it's possible to find mastodon bones by "zoning in" to the frequencies of those ancient animals. Map dowsing can be used to locate people and things when you can't get there in person. A method of map dowsing is presented further on in the article, along with a series of questions for you to dowse. Please send me your results. I will collect them and use them as a basis for the field dowse in the spring of 2011.
Brenda Jackson, left, and Susan Collins dowse for mastodon remains on Brenda's farm.
Mastodons, which lived up to 11,000 years ago in Canada, were as large as elephants.
Brenda, a member of London Dowsers (a local group of the Canadian Society of Dowsers) has lived and worked her farm for years, and has always been aware that sometime, around 150 years ago, a partial mastodon skeleton was dug up near her property. Nobody knows exactly where the skeleton was found, but it is known that long ago one of its massive tusks ended up at the Niagara Falls Museum. The museum was later purchased by Toronto collector Billy Jamieson who still displays the tusk in his facility. An interesting side bar to the mastodon story is that the museum also contained several Egyptian mummies. One of the mummies was later authenticated as the remains of Pharaoh Ramses 1 which were eventually sent home to Egypt. But that's another story.
Brenda asked me to join a preliminary mastodon investigation at her farm in the fall of 2010. The sun had just risen when I set out for the farm on a cold, November morning. Thin clouds streaked the western sky and by the time I was close to St. Thomas, the clouds had condensed to a chilly, wet mist that settled over the highway, obscuring the fields on either side.
Reaching the farm by mid-morning, I was greeted by an enthusiastic scramble of dogs and cats in the yard. Horses stood by ready to be saddled and ridden where needed. Brenda's daughter rescued me from the curious throng of animals and we went inside to a room that contained more dogs as well as cages of birds and other furry creatures some of which Brenda and her family has adopted as rescue animals.
The investigative team arrived over the next half hour, and we crowded around Brenda's kitchen table, talking about the life cycle of mastodons and the likelihood of finding another skeleton on the farm.
The American mastodon (Mammut americanum) roamed North America from at least 3.75 million to 11,000 years ago. They were huge, shaggy animals standing between 2.5 and 3 meters at the shoulder, about twice as tall as a horse. They weighed between 3500 and 5400 kilograms, about three times the weight of a North American car, and had long, upward-curving tusks up to five meters in length.
In 2009 the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo began to investigate and record the remains of mastodons and mammoths found in southern Ontario. To date, 98 mastodon, 32 mammoth and 30 indeterminate proboscidea (the name of the group that includes our modern elephant) sites have been recorded in Southern Ontario. The largest concentrations of the mastodon sites are along the north shore of Lake Erie. According to the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, most mastodon remains have been found in deposits that postdate the last glaciation period in southern Ontario, which means they could still be relatively intact!
As we sat in Brenda's kitchen someone asked how paleobiologists usually locate bones, and the reply was that they normally wait for a call from someone, often a farmer, who has plowed up large bones and thinks to let the museum know about it. For scientists to go and find an unknown skeleton would be like finding a needle in haystack. They just don't go into the field unless there is some evidence bones are there.
Of course this is where dowsers can help, although to be honest, I don't want to go looking for a needle in a haystack either. Dowsers are good at locating things they can't see, simply by using their tools and ability to connect their conscious minds to their subconscious and super-conscious (all that is) energy system.
We walked the farm, following the edges of fields and streams on the property and monitoring the natural features of the area that could have supported mastodon herds 11,000 years ago. I did a preliminary field dowse to locate mastodon remains, but before I tell you my results, I'd like your help as map dowsers to give Brenda and I the coordinates to dig in the spring.
As part of the process of engaging other dowsers in the Mastodon Project, I worked with the CSD group, Spirit of Wellness, to craft the questions that follow. For our collective results to be meaningful, it is best if we all ask the same questions, however if you feel strongly that there is another question to ask, then by all means include it.
I would personally be very grateful if anyone with a sincere interest in this would take the time to review the map dowsing procedures, given below, and then dowse the questions and send me your results. Our work could lead to a new discovery, as well as provide verification of where the other mastodon bones were dug up in the past. This is also a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate to the scientific community that dowsing can be part of a scientific investigation.
PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN! I will have information posted on my website, www.dowser.ca, under the heading The Mastodon Project so please send a copy of this article or the weblink to anyone you think would be interested in participating..
If you'd like to see a real mastodon skeleton in person, check with a large museum near you. The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto has an impressive skeleton which gives you a good sense of the size of these beasts.
Map Dowsing Procedure (Map at bottom of article)
1. Use a Dowsing Protocol to connect with the best and highest good (I can send you one if you don't have one already).
2. State clearly what you are looking for.
3. Slide a ruler slowly across the map (on the inside front cover) vertically with your non-dominant hand, while holding the pendulum in your dominant hand. Ask that the pendulum give you a dowsing response when the straight edge crosses the target.
4. When your pendulum responds, draw a vertical line at that point.
5. Now slowly slide the ruler horizontally across the picture and ask for a dowsing response. Draw a line.
6. Mark where the lines intersect.
7. Confirm the target with a YES/NO dowsing response.
8. If you get a NO, then fine tune your search in that area (For e.g. "Is it to the left of the mark?" "Is it above the mark?")
Please take your time with these dowsing questions:
These questions can be answered using this survey . Or you can email the answers at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Does the mastodon skeleton that was dug up in the St. Thomas area about 150 years ago come from the area represented by this map? (Look at the map on the inside front cover.)
2. (If yes) Please show me the map coordinates where the mastodon skeleton was dug up in the St. Thomas area about 150 years ago (Use map dowsing procedure above.).
3. Are there any mastodon bones that can be located within the co-ordinates represented by this satellite photograph? (Look at map/satellite photograph on inside front cover.)
4. (If yes) Please show me what the co-ordinates are on this satellite image where most mastodon bones are located.
5. In the location where the most mastodon bones are, at what depth (in feet) are the bones? (Now map dowse.)
Please send me your answers either by completing the survey above or by emailing them or giving me the map coordinates (the alpha and numeric codes at the top and side.)
Use this map as a reference for the dowsing questions, above.
Sources: Royal Ontario Museum website ; William Jamieson website ; Illinois State Museum ; Canadian Museum of Nature , University of Waterloo ; Wikipedia.
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