Dr. Jim Sherz shared some amazing information about the ancient Native traditions of trans-continental contact of priests or shaman who traveled abroad sharing knowledge much like visiting students and professors do today. Jim has lived among the Ho Chunck for years and learned a great deal about matters that many academics dismiss. Maybe skeptical scholars could learn more about past contact by listening to Native elders instead of trying to tell them what their history was.
Dr. Peter N. Peregrine was a terrific guest who acknowledged the short-sighted thinking of some in academia, but also defended colleagues who are open-minded and willing to investigate once taboo ideas. We agreed that theories are a great place to start, but you have to have sound evidence for any thesis to have traction.
Of course, it was fun yet again to spend time with my good friend, Alan Butler, this time in Scotland at such a beautiful site. Glacial/Quaternary geology was one of my areas of interest in college and the Serpent Mound site in Scotland was a valley-glacial wonderland. Minnesota was once covered by a continental-sized glacier where the ice was over a mile thick where I live now. When Alan recently visited us in Minnesota we gave him both the geological, and the more recent historical tour of the Twin Cities which included Mounds Park in St. Paul. So many amazing geological and archaeological wonders on this continent and so little time...
America Unearthed Fan Letter of the Week
Dear Scott Wolter of America Unearthed,Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of the show and look forward to every episode. I appreciate how you back up your findings with science and logic, it's truly stunning how this great nation has covered up so much of its history and how so much of the public will never question the History books we learned from throughout school. As a patriot I'm gonna contact my Representative and will also place a call to the Smithsonian to ask about their cover up tendencies. Once again, keep up the awesome work.
Thanks Stan and all the fans of America Unearthed. You're why our show is such a success.
Monk's Mound as seen from the air with Cahokia Visitor's Center in the distance.
A selfy of Scott next to one of the standing stones below the cliff next to the Serpent Mound.
The Committee Films crew prepares for a take while Dr. Peter Peregrine watches the action.
Ross Hamilton and Scott pose next to an airplane wing.