The use of psychic skills to locate archaeological dig sites and identify archaeological artifacts.
Using psychometry, the psychic can receive clairvoyant impressions relating to objects and photographs; dowsing, retrocognition (seeing into the past), automatic writing and remote viewing have also been used to identify optimum dig sites and channel information from dead spirits and other entities.
Perhaps the first, best-known case of applied psychic archaeology was Frederick Bligh Bond's use of automatic writing in the excavations of the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey in England. Bond, an architect, was appointed by the Church of England in 1907 to find the remains of two chapels, both of which had been destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII. Bond used the services of his friend John Alien Bartlett, who was an automatic writer, and together they invoked spirits associated with the abbey to help locate the chapels' ruins. Bond received information in Latin and Old English, as well as drawings, from an entity who identified himself as 'Gulielmus Monachus', or 'William the Monk'. The monk, plus other spirits, provided details of the Edgar and Loretto Chapels. In the ensuing excavations, Bond found everything exactly as the spirits had indicated. He did not reveal the source of his success until 1917 with the publication of his The Gate of Remembrance. Angered and embarrassed, the Church of England forced Bond to resign in 1922, when excavations were stopped.
Since the 1970s psychic archaeology has been used to find dig sites in North America, Egypt, and elsewhere. Although some researchers claim high and reliable success rates with psychics, others have conducted experiments with wrapped and unwrapped artifacts that demonstrate that psychic archaeology is unreliable.
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Sources: (1) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (2) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group.
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