Saturday, July 2, 2016

Kensington Rune Stone Inscription Finally Solved!

After sixteen years of intense research and the coming and going of many casual and serious researchers the Kensington Rune Stone inscription is finally solved.  For years I was never motivated to go search for the "ten dead men" or the "two skerries" as many have prompted me to do.  I certainly didn't know they didn't exist, it just never seemed like a productive use of my time.  Now I realize these things were never real.  The realization that most of the inscription is simply allegory and code would never have come to me if I had not become initiated as a Freemason.  In fact, if I had only reached the level of a Master Mason and not pursued the higher degrees of both the Scottish Rite and the York Rite degrees it wouldn't have happened either.

I know this paper is going to stir lively debate and will likely be confusing to those who are not Freemasons.  However, I will do my best to try to clarify those with questions.  I'm sure some will try to claim the inscription was created by a York Rite Mason in the mid to late 1800's.  This will be an erroneous claim as no one in modern times could fake the many centuries-old weathering of the inscription or the Dotted R, to say nothing about the other previously unknown medieval runic and linguistic features that had not yet been discovered.  For me, this is the final nail in the case that beings everything together and answers all the important questions about the inscription.  Keep in mind this discovery doesn't change or eliminate the previous discoveries I've made with other researchers such as the "Dating Code," "Grail Code" or the meaning of the Hooked X.  In fact, this discovery brings even more clarity to these discoveries and confirms the author of the inscription was a medieval monk who was initiated in the ancient Hebrew and Egyptian mysteries.

This paper was recently submitted to a peer-reviewed Masonic journal and was published in the Rocky Mountain Mason on June 21st.  For those interested in a copy of the published article please contact Ben Williams at the following website: rockymountainmason.com 

What follows is the article I submitted that the reviewers may have changed slightly.  I had not yet seen the final publication, but was assured the final version was very close to this one.  Enjoy!

The Ritual Code on the Kensington Rune Stone

By Scott F. Wolter, P.G.

Abstract

This paper presents the detailed description of a recent discovery by the author he calls the, “Ritual Code on the Kensington Rune Stone.”  The existence of another new code embedded within the inscription was first realized by the author during the lecture portion of the Select Master Degree, the second of three degrees within the “Cryptic Degrees” of York Rite Freemasonry.  Skeptics of the artifact’s authenticity will no doubt claim the inscription was the work of a York Rite Freemason in the late 19th Century.  However, the geological weathering study and microscopic examination conducted by the author, a forensic geologist, independently replicated the geological findings of Professor Newton H. Winchell, who in 1909 declared the inscription genuine and not a late 19th Century hoax.   The inscription was found by both geologists to be many centuries old.  Subsequent historical, epigraphic and linguistic evidence published by the author reasonably dates the inscription to the 14th Century.  The author will demonstrate how the “Kensington Rune Stone Ritual Code” reveals that the author of the inscription was initiated in the Egyptian Mysteries of Isis and Osiris.  The author will also argue the artifact was the creation of a medieval monk, most likely Cistercian, who was formally educated in Scandinavia.  The discovery of the code provides a new framework for understanding the symbolic, allegorical, and practical aspects of the inscription.

Background Information

The Kensington Rune Stone was discovered by a Swedish immigrant farmer named Olof Ohman, who was clearing trees in preparation for farming on his property in what is now near Kensington, Minnesota, in the fall of 1898.  As the tree fell, it pulled a 202-pound stone out of the ground that was tightly wrapped in its roots.  The flat tabular-shaped stone contained a twelve-line inscription carved in Scandinavian runes thought to chronicle a journey to the interior of North America in 1362. 
The authenticity of the artifact has been hotly debated since its discovery.  Scandinavian linguists and runologists have generally concluded the artifact is a hoax citing it was created by a recent Scandinavian immigrant attempting to bolster their heritage.  Factual evidence to support a late 19th Century origin for the artifact has yet to materialize.

In 1909, Professor Newton H. Winchell, the first State Geologist of Minnesota, performed a geological examination of the artifact and concluded the weathering of the inscription was consistent with 500 years and it was authentic.[1]  Winchell’s conclusion was independently replicated by the author who by comparing the weathering with dated slate tombstones, concluded the weathering of the rune stone inscription was older than 200 years from the time of the discovery.  Further, the author has provided detailed historical, epigraphic, linguistic and runological evidence that shows the inscription is consistent with a late 14th century creation date and the stone likely served as a land claim.[2]

To aid the reader, a current translation of the Kensington inscription with the eight numbers (in bold) believed to be part of a “Ritual Code” is provided for reference:

Face Side

1.            8 Götalanders and 22 Northmen on
2.            (this) acquisition journey/taking up land from

3.            Vinland far to the west.  We

4.            had a camp by 2 shelters one
5.            day’s journey north from this stone.

6.            We were fishing one day.  After
7.            we came home we found 10 men red

8.            from blood and death. AVM

9.            Save from evil.

Split Side

10.          There are 10 men by the inland sea to look
11.          after our ships 14 days journey

12.          from this hill. Year 1362 
The author has written about an event that occurred in 1926 where ten businessmen, at least eight of them being Freemasons, held a large rally near the Ohman Farm in an effort to raise $300,000 to build a 204-foot tall obelisk to house the Kensington Rune Stone.  The reasons why these Brothers felt compelled to complete such a monumental task was never been made clear.  The author will offer some new insights into their possible motives later in the paper.[3]  

Introduction
It appears the first eight numbers chronicled within the Kensington Rune Stone (KRS) inscription are connected to the Masonic legend of Hiram Abiff; the Grand Architect who oversaw the construction of King Solomon’s Temple, and to the Select Master degree of Cryptic Council degree of York Rite Freemasonry.  Prior to my becoming a Freemason, none of the information presented in this paper would have made much sense to me and even if it did, I wouldn’t have fully understood it.  However, since becoming initiated as a Master Mason in the “Blue Lodge” on November 21, 2015, which consists of the first three degrees of Freemasonry, and being initiated as both a Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason, my Masonic education in the ritual degrees is now quite extensive.  To help the reader better understand how these two branches work, I’ll try to explain them.  The first three degrees of Blue Lodge also serve as the first three degrees of both York Rite which has a total of 13 degrees, and as substitute for the Scottish Rite, which has a total of thirty-two degrees.
The basic story told in the first three degrees of the Blue Lodge concerns the building of King Solomon’s Temple overseen by the Master Architect, Hiram Abiff.  At one point in the story while at “refreshment” at midday, Hiram is killed by three of his workers trying to gain secrets from the Master to earn more wages.  The three “ruffians” bury the body that is eventually discovered and reburied with honors.  Later in the story the three murderers are captured and brought to justice.  In the higher degrees of the Scottish and York Rites, stories of legendary events from Old Testament times are presented both theatrically and through lectures.  Essentially, the same biblical stories are told in both branches of Freemasonry, but neither presents the stories in chronological order which creates confusion at times.  
What caught my attention were numbers uttered during a lecture presented after the theatrical part of a degree in the York Rite branch, called the Select Master degree, which is essentially the 9th of 13 degrees.  The story in this degree takes place shortly before the First Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was completed around 1000 B.C.  The main characters in the degree are the “Supreme Council of Grand Masters” comprised of King Solomon, Hiram-King of Tyre, and Hiram Abiff.  Keep in mind it is not clear whether this story is historically accurate, simply allegorical or contains elements of both.  That debate has raged within Masonic academic circles for centuries, but for the purpose of this research it really doesn’t matter. 
8 Arches and 22 Men…
The relevant part of the ritual relays the following story that led to the first two numbers that revealed the code.  The three Grand Masters had been entrusted with the writings of Moses, holy vessels, and sacred treasures which included the Ark of Covenant.  To protect these treasures from being forever lost or taken by enemies if the children of Israel ever deviated from the sacred laws, a Secret Vault was constructed that was divided into “arches or apartments.”  The three Grand Masters constructed the Ninth Arch where the sacred objects were hidden and where secret rituals would take place.  It was during the lecture after the theatrical performance of the degree when the character of Hiram Abiff said the following, “There were employed on the other eight arches, twenty-two men from Gebal, a city of Phoenicia…”[5] 
My ears instantly perked up upon hearing the two familiar numbers, eight and twenty-two.  These were the first two numbers carved on the Kensington Rune Stone inscription 8 Götalanders and 22 Norwegians…”  I didn’t hear much of the rest of the lecture and after the degree was finished I asked my mentor and friend, Bro John Freeburg, if there was a ritual book that contained the text of the lecture.  He said there was and handed me his personal copy.  As I excitedly read the lecture more important numbers connected to the Kensington inscription became apparent, “…together with Ahishar and Adoniram, all of whom were well skilled in the arts and sciences generally, but particularly in sculpture.”[6]
It quickly occurred to me that Ahishar and Adoniram are two individuals.  The next number to appear in the Kensington inscription after eight and twenty-two is the number two! “We had a camp by 2 shelters…”  The ritual book lecture continues, “One of King Solomon’s particular friends, whose name was Zerubbabel, discovered that there was secret work going on…”[7]  This was one more person added into the story and if you haven’t already guessed, the next number in the KRS inscription is one.  “…by 2 shelters, one day’s journey from this stone.”  So, here we have the first four numbers that appear in the Kensington inscription that also appear, in the same sequence as the arches (8) and individuals (22, 2, and 1) as they appear in the York Rite Select Master ritual, and there’s more. 
In the theatrical part of the ritual, one of the two guards, Ahishar, falls asleep at his post which allowed the overly inquisitive Zerubbabel, upon seeing the entrance unguarded, to venture down into the Secret Vault.  Upon discovering Zerubbabel inside the Secret Vault, King Solomon and is angered and orders Ahishar to be executed leaving only Adoniram as the lone surviving guard of the original two.  Could he be the second number one that is the next number in the sequence of numbers on the KRS?  “We were fishing one day…”  While the story at this point doesn’t specifically say it, what Zerubbabel discovers in the Secret Vault are “true copies” of the treasures in the Sanctum Santorum in the Temple above.  The most important of the treasures is the Ark of the Covenant which contains the Ten Commandments.  Could this be what the next number is referring to that appears in sequence in the KRS inscription?  “…when we came home we found 10 men…” 
At this point, the Select Master Degree story turns very violent.  As punishment for falling asleep at his post, Ahishar is killed by the others guards who slice him to death with their swords.  As punishment for entering the Secret vault without permission, King Solomon orders Zerubbabel’s eyes poked out and then paraded in front of the people with a bloody bandage over his empty eye sockets wearing a blood spattered apron.  Could this be yet another coincidence that the severe violence in the ritual takes place at the same point as the violence in the KRS inscription story, “…we found 10 men red from blood and death.” 
At this point, the story ends on the face side of the Kensington Rune Stone inscription and the carver appears to offer two prayers.  The first appears to invoke the Virgin Mary with only three Latin letters in the entire inscription, “AVM.”  The second prayer comprises the entire ninth line on the face side and has always appeared to me to have been added as if to complete some unknown aspect of the inscription, “Save from Evil.”       
Nine plus Three Equals Twelve
There is a short paragraph in the ritual book that describes when the secret work was performed on the nine arches and the Secret Vault, “Their hours of labor were from nine at night until twelve, the time when all prying eyes are closed in sleep.”[8]  The numbers are nine p.m. to midnight or 12 a.m.  This means the laborers worked for a total of three hours.  Suddenly we see the reason the ninth line of text had to be added to the face side of the inscription.  When the three additional lines of text on the split side are added to the nine lines on the face side, we end up with a total number of 12 lines of carved text that coincide exactly with the times of labor, 9 (plus 3 hours) and 12.  Is this still another coincidence?  Not if one considers the importance of signs, codes, symbolism, and allegorical messages so vital in the medieval mind of one who has been initiated into the ancient mysteries.  But the sequence of numbers doesn’t stop with the first nine lines on the face side.  There are two more numbers on the split side that also figure into this Old Testament allegorical story; “There are 10 men by the sea with our ships, 14 days journey from this island/hill.” 
Ten and Fourteen
Any Freemason who has been through the first three degrees of the Blue Lodge knows the story takes place at the time the First Temple of Solomon was being completed.  Just after the three Grand Masters (King Solomon, Hiram-King of Tyre, and Hiram Abiff), had completed the Secret Vault in the ninth arch below the Sanctum Sanctorum, three fellow craft workers from the quarries confront and murder the Master Architect of the temple, Hiram Abiff, for failing to reveal the secrets that would allow them to receive more wages.  The ruffians bury the body, for the second time, to the west of the temple and plant a sprig of acacia to mark the grave.  Acacia is a famously hardy plant known for growing its own roots after being cut.   In Egypt, Acacia became a symbol of resurrection and restored life, and that same symbolism is very prominent in modern Freemasonry. The second “ten” in the Ritual Code on the split side refers either the second Ark containing the Ten Commandments in the Sanctum Sanctorum in the altar of the Temple above the Secret Vault or the ten spheres, called Sefirot, in the Kabbalah Tree of Life. 
As the story continues, King Solomon grew worried about his missing Master architect and sends a party of twelve men, in groups of three, to search for Hiram Abiff.  The recently established acacia plant tips off the men on the search and Hiram’s body is discovered after 14 days.  Keep in mind, Hiram’s murder and subsequent discovery happens after the story of the building of the nine arches below the Temple.  Based on this, and with the chronology of the Hiram Abiff legend in proper place, we can now put the numbers in place that incredibly result in the exact same sequence as they appear on the Kensington Rune Stone inscription, 8, 22, 2, 1, 1, 10, 10 and 14!  It would be easier to pick the right lottery numbers in sequence than for this to be a series of coincidences.  When we add in the numbers 9, 3, and 12 that comprise the number of lines of text that comprise the inscription (9 on the face side plus 3 on the split side equals 12) we have an incredible consistency within the Master Mason and Select Master degrees that goes beyond any possibility of coincidence.
Three Grand Masters/Mothers and Fathers
When considered in context with Masonic symbolism and the story in the Select Master degree, something jumps out when looking more closely at the three strange “o” runes within the KRS inscription.  Freemasonry puts utmost importance on the concept of the “Rule of Three.”  First and foremost, the equilateral triangle is a symbol of Deity and in the Select Master degree the three sides of the equilateral triangle on the lid of the Ark of the Covenant represent the three Grand Masters; King Solomon, Hiram-King of Tyre, and Hiram Abiff.  The Kensington Rune Stone has a total of twenty “o” runes within the inscription; seventeen of them are of an unusual type that still puzzles runic scholars.  The typical medieval “o” rune is a vertical line, called a stave, with two parallel lines angling down and left from the middle of the vertical stave at a 45 degree angle.  Instead, the symbol has two horizontal lines extending to the left from the vertical stave.  These horizontal lines are at 90 degrees and when viewed in a Masonic context, it appears the carver has “squared” the two lines in an apparent symbolic reference to the principle of “Squaring our actions by the square of virtue.” 
This leaves us with the three remaining strange and ornately carved “o” runes that have also confounded runic scholars.  Scandinavian runes are dominantly comprised of straight lines that lend themselves for use in stone because they are relatively easy to carve.  These three symbols require much greater skill to carve being comprised of a vertically aligned oval or ellipse.  To make matters worse inside the curved lines an “n” rune was carved with two dots added above the oval.  Linguists interpret the twin dots as umlauts indicating a specific way of pronouncing the “o” sound.  From a symbolic perspective, the three most ornately carved symbols in the entire inscription, along with the two dots, could also represent the three “Mothers” or “Fathers” on the “Tree of Life” in the Kabbalah.  World-renowned Torah scholar, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, wrote the following, “The three times in which the expression “God made” appears parallel the three Mothers.” [8]  “The three Mother letters, Shin Mem and Alef, represent cause, effect and their synthesis between these two opposites. These three horizontal lines give rise to the three vertical columns in the Tree of life diagram, headed by Keter, Chakhmah, and Binah.  These are represented by “air, water, and fire.”  These three horizontal lines are the three Mothers.  The three columns define the three Fathers, which are the letter Yud Heh Vav.  It was from these letters that space is defined, as the Sefer Yetzirah state earlier (1:13).  Once space is defined, then creation can take place.”[9]    
Confirmation Number Code and the Torah
In 2013, I published something what I interpreted as a confirmation code that involved four of the strange symbols Scandinavian scholars had rarely or never seen before in a runic inscription in my book, Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers: The Mysteries of the Hooked X.  While researching the angles of the hooks on the Hooked X runes in the KRS inscription, I decided to count to see how many there were in the inscription.  I was surprised to find there were twenty-two.  This prompted me to look at the other odd runes and to my surprise three more of the numbers within the inscription were apparently confirmed.  There are seven of the strange “g” runes, ten mysterious “w” runes, and fourteen individual numbers; 8, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 10, 10, 1, 4, 1, 3, 6 and 2.  Keep in mind, the carver was almost certainly a Cistercian monk and the Cistercian order didn’t believe in the concept of zero.  The carver used Pentadic numbers that include a single symbol for the number ten, and not the two numbers of 1 and 0.
These four numbers appear to be confirmed by the number of times a rare or totally unique symbol is used is consistent with the same tradition Qabbalistic scholars maintain is found in the Torah.  Quoting Kaplan, “According to the Kabbalists, these 32 paths are alluded to in the Torah by the 32 times that God’s name Elohim appears in the account of creation in the first chapter of Genesis.  In this account, the expression “God said” appears ten times, and these are the Ten Sayings with which the world was created.  These ten sayings parallel the ten Sefirot.  The other 22 times that God’s name appears in this account then parallel the 22 letters in the (Hebrew) alphabet.  The three times in which the expression “God made” appears parallel the three Mothers.  The seven repetitions of “God saw” parallel the seven Doubles.  The remaining twelve names parallel the twelve Elementals.”[10]
Confirmation of four of the important numbers within the inscription, 8, 10, 14 and 22, using three mysterious symbols, the backwards “g”, the “w” rune and the Hooked X, and fourteen individual Pentadic numbers which have never been seen used before in a medieval inscription, provide additional evidence consistent with a carver who was deeply initiated in Hebrew mysticism whose roots likely date back to the Mysteries taught in ancient Egypt.  
14
So what does all this mean?  It tells us a lot beginning with the fact the 14th Century carver understood the ancient allegorical resurrection story found in every culture around the world throughout time.  The key evidence involves the final number in the Kensington Rune Stone Ritual Code which is prominent in the Isis/Osiris legend of ancient Egypt.  One version of the legend has Osiris being captured by his jealous brother Set who kills him and cuts up his body into 14 pieces.    Osiris’ distraught lover Isis goes searching and finds all but one of the pieces of his body; his penis.  She eventually impregnates herself with a reproduced phallic made of either gold or beeswax, depending on which legend is read, and gives birth to Horus, who grows to adulthood becoming Osiris and the whole story begins again.  This ancient legend is an allegorical representation of the annual cycle of life on earth; birth or new life in the spring, death in the fall, and resurrection of the sun on the Winter Solstice when the Goddess Isis becomes impregnated beginning the cycle anew.
The other resurrection legend that is relevant to our story is the Roman Christian version with Jesus taking on the symbolic role of Hiram Abiff.  In this case, we have what most believe is a real historical figure from the First Century who was mythologized by the early Church fathers to create a “Son of God” using the same allegorical death and resurrection story.  In nearly every Catholic Church around the world the Crucifixion and Resurrection story of Jesus is told in images called the Stations of the Cross.  It isn’t a coincidence the number of Stations of the Cross is 14.  
Kabbalah
A question one must ask is if this Ritual Code is indeed real, what is the significance of the numbers?  All indications are the Cistercians and Knights Templar were well versed in the Hebrew mysticism and if they were they would have certainly have understood and practiced the spiritual concepts associated with the Kabbalah “Tree of Life” or “The Kabbalistic Tree.”  For a general understanding of the connection of what I believe I’ve discovered; I should start with a basic explanation of what the “Tree of Life” is.  I’ll use the words of noted author and Templar historian, Timothy W. Hogan, to give a general description.  “In general, this Tree is composed of 10 spheres called sephiroth, along with 22 paths that connect these spheres; each of which is represented by one of the 22 Hebrew letters, and they rest on three pillars.  Thus there are a total of 32 emanations of Deity, with a possible 33rd hidden emanation.”[11]  
Already, we have an uncanny connection with the Kensington Rune Stone numbers beyond what we’ve already discovered in their sequence in relation to the Masonic/Christian/Isis-Osiris “resurrection” story.  It appears what we now have is, 8 Götalanders (Deity) and 22 Northmen (paths that connect the ten spheres); … 2 shelters (Ahishar and Adoniram), and one day’s journey (Zerubbabel).  If we add these numbers up, in sequence, as they appear on the stone we get, 8 + 22 + 2 = 32 + 1 =33.   Those numbers sequentially, follow the Select Master ritual perfectly, AND that those numbers add up to the same total of 33 as in the Kabbalah, simply cannot be a coincidence. 
A Masonic Brother reminded me about another connection to the numbers 8 and 22 that I had frankly, forgotten about.  At the incredible Santa Maria do Olival Church, in Tomar, Portugal, where we filmed episodes for both America Unearthed and Pirate Treasure of the Knights Templar for History Channel, Christian reminded me that there were twenty-two Grand Masters of the Portuguese Templars buried inside the Church beginning with the first Grand Master, Gualdim Pais, who founded the city upon his return from Jerusalem after fighting in the Second Crusade, in 1161.   One of the major points we made in the episode was how the number eight was symbolically represented throughout the church.  Simply walking down the eight steps at the west entrance one can count eight columns, eight windows, along with the five-pointed star in the small window high above the altar in the east end.  The pentagram is symbolic of the planet Venus and is the symbol it creates when viewed astronomically from earth during its eight-year cycle. 
In esoteric circles, the number eight and its association with the planet Venus have always been symbolic of the Goddess in the heavens.  The Templar’s and their Cistercian brethren venerated the planet Venus, the sun, and all the planets and constellations and that veneration is clearly on display in this church.  While standing inside the church and looking west, the large rose window on display is symbolic of Venus’ consort, the sun.  They are the eternal travelers; Venus leads the sun when it rises first as a morning star in the east.  Conversely, it is the sun that sets first when Venus is an evening star in the west.  Both are symbolically represented in the east and west windows of this church, but with the number eight dominantly represented in the architecture it appears the Templars venerated the sacred feminine of the Goddess Venus above the male sun God.  What’s important to take away from the symbolism of this medieval Portuguese Templar church is it gives us a look into the minds of the Templar’s and what aspects of their faith and beliefs were important to them.  Many researchers, most notably British author, Alan Butler, has written extensively about the Templar’s and Cistercians veneration of the planet Venus and other symbolic representations of the Goddess.  By understanding the religious ideology of the Templar’s and the symbolism associated with it, one can also make sense of the sacred numbers that go along with it and why those numbers appear on the Kensington Rune Stone since it most likely was created by a 14th Century Cistercian/Templar monk.
Clearly the number eight was important to the Templars/Cistercians as it represented the Deity.  It’s also been well established within Hebrew mysticism, and specifically, that the “Tree of Life” in the Kabbalah is an important aspect of both modern Freemasonry and Templarism.  Therefore, as these numbers consistently appear in association with the medieval Templar/Cistercian ideals and now within the Kensington Rune Stone inscription, this evidence is consistent with a connection between them.  Having twenty-two Grand Masters of the Portuguese Templar’s buried inside this church must have consistent symbolic meaning.  It cannot be yet another coincidence.
As seems to always be the case, when trying to understand the origins of just about anything connected to the Templar’s/Cistercians and Freemasonry, one needs to look at Egyptian history. In Rosemary Clark’s book, The Sacred Tradition in Ancient Egypt: The Esoteric Wisdom Revealed, she writes, “The expressions of ten and twelve, in turn, give rise to the number twenty-two, a figure that plays a prominent role in the cosmological structure of Egypt.  Twenty-two is expressed artistically and architecturally at a number of sacred sites, representing the twenty-two original nomes, or provinces, of Lower Egypt.  The number also corresponds to the number of encephalographic nodes in the human brain, and denotes the twelve signs of the Zodiac and the ten planets as expressed in the Twenty-two images of the Major Arcana of the Tarot.  Hence, the number is the expression of a complete cycle of energetic and material manifestation.” 
Here we have the number twenty-two having significance in not just ancient Egyptian mysticism, but as many scholars believe, these ideals were passed on into Hebrew mysticism where we find the same numbers being symbolically important in the Kabbalah.  Keep in mind that scant documentation exists that can be referred as this esoteric knowledge was passed from master to initiate “mouth to ear”; most notably prior to medieval times.  In spite of this, the numbers that appear on the Kensington Rune Stone imply the carver was deeply versed in symbolism, allegory, codes, and specific sacred numbers that appear to have been passed on as a continuous thread through mystical sects from ancient Egypt to the Hebrews, to the Cistercian’s/Knight Templar, and finally into Modern Freemasonry. 
Brother Timothy Hogan also brings up the concept of the same type of confirmation codes we see in the Kensington Rune Stone inscription using some of the same numbers also being confirmed by various references to God in the Torah and the Bible.  Quoting Hogan, “Qabbalistic scholars have alluded to the fact that the 32 paths of are suggested in the Torah by the 32 times that God’s name “Elohim” appears in the account of creation in the first chapter of Genesis.  In this account, the expression, “God Said” appears 10 times, and these are the ten sayings with which the world was created.  The ten sayings seem to have correlation with the ten sephiroth on the quabbalistic tree diagram, and alluded to by the Sephir Yetzirah, the Sephir Bahir, and the Zohar.”  “The other 22 times that God’s name appears in this account seem(s) to match the 22 letters of the Hebrew aleph-beth (alphabet) and by extension the 22 paths.”   
It appears we have the ancient Kabbalistic tradition of using the same numeric confirmation codes using many of the same numbers known to have been used by the Cistercians/Knights Templar, also being used within the Kensington Rune Stone inscription. 
“…From Vinland far to the West.” 
The realization that imbedded within the Kensington inscription is the most important allegorical story of the ancient mysteries; the resurrection of the sun on the winter solstice, was the key that unlocked the secret messages left by the carver that only one who has been initiated could recognize.  I’ve tried to flesh out the important elements within the inscription; specifically, what parts are merely allegories and symbolism and what parts are real information being relayed by the carver.  I never believed the “10 men red from blood and death” had anything to do with the long-held belief by many they were killed and scalped by Natives during a skirmish.  The inscription doesn’t say anything about natives and indeed I’ve always the believed the Cistercians/Knights Templar shared a similar ideology with N

Native American’s and were strategically aligned.  They didn’t fight their way to the center of the continent; they must have traveled with them. 

First and foremost, the land claim thesis I proposed over a decade ago is still firmly in place.  However, my assumption there were three practical elements to it has now changed.  Originally, I thought the three practical pieces of the Kensington Rune Stone inscription, “…from Vinland far to the west,” “…14 days journey from this island/hill,” and “…one day’s journey from this stone,” were part of what was essentially a land deed pinpointing the location that is now the Ohman Farm in Kensington, Minnesota.  In light of the new discovery it makes more sense the land claim part of the inscription is dealt with in the first three lines of the inscription.  Taking “From Vinland far to the west” at face value, it appears the inscription is claiming land starting in Vinland, which by 1362 would have been known for over 300 years dating from the time of the Viking Saga’s as the northeast coast of North America, far to the west.  Where exactly, ‘far to the west’ was intended to be is only a guess.  However, one could assume it meant at least to the west as far as halfway across the continent where the artifact was found.  If so, and one includes the land associated with the Mississippi-Missouri/Red River-Hudson Bay watersheds as I’ve proposed in the past, then ‘from Vinland far to the west’ would encompass most if not all of the North American continent!           
“…One Day’s Journey from this Stone” and “…14 Days Journey from this Island/Hill.”
The other thing within the inscription that’s changed in light of the Ritual Code discovery is my interpretation of these two lines in the text, “…one day’s Journey from this Stone,” and “…14 Days Journey from this island/hill.”  I long thought they were indicators to where the Kensington Rune Stone discovery site location described similar to language in a land deed.  Upon reflection and consideration of the new evidence in context with the realization of the Royal Arch legend imbedded within the inscription, it is very likely these are directions that tell the initiated how to get to a certain place.  That place can only be the hidden location of the Secret Vault ‘far to the west’ of the Kensington Rune Stone discovery site.  What makes sense to me is these are two lines of the otherwise confusing narrative that should be taken literally.  A “…day’s journey…” may in fact be the number of days west and north from the discovery site to a certain location.  However, I don’t believe the words “days” means 24 hours.  I suspect it’s a coded reference to latitude (“…one day’s journey north…”), and longitude (“…14 days journey…”). 
Masonic scholar and author, William Mann, published the location of the Secret Vault as being in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.[12]  If Bill is right, then “…14 days journey…” can only be west of Rune Stone Hill.  Traveling 14 degrees west and then 1 degree north, or vice versa, will get you to the same end location so it doesn’t matter which comes first within the inscription.  As much as I’d like to think it takes you to the location of the Secret Vault, I don’t believe that is the case.  For one thing, 14 degrees west of Kensington, Minnesota (45.7781° N, 95.6961° W), puts you a degree and a half east of the foothills of the Rockies (Example: Townsend, Montana, 46.3203° N, 111.5178° W).  14 degrees longitude west must put you in the territory of the Native American tribe that upon receiving the proper passwords, handshakes, and signs of recognition, will then lead the worthy party to the Secret Vault. 
This theory about a Secret Vault is highly speculative and will likely be too much for some people.  However, most Freemasons or persons initiated into a Masonic-like order will understand and appreciate the information presented here and see it as highly likely if not a certainty.  The forensic scientist in me is forced to take to notice of the voluminous factual evidence that already existed that led me to conclude the Kensington Rune Stone was a genuine fourteenth century land claim.  As a newly initiated Freemason who has witnessed and participated in the higher degrees of both the Scottish Rite and the York Rite Mysteries, I see the unmistakable allegorical story of the Old Testament Masonic legend of the Royal Arch screaming off the rune stone’s text.  When linked with the same Royal Arch symbolism and the allegorical resurrection story so beautifully on display on the Winter Solstice in the Newport Tower in Rhode Island, it becomes an undeniable fact the two are contemporaneous and must have been created by a group of people who embraced the same ideology and knowledge.[13]  By connecting the two with a long-range alignment that passes from the center of the Newport Tower, through the two symbolic keystones, and then to Kensington, Minnesota, the evidence presents what I believe is a conclusive case.[14]   
Jesus and Mary Magdalene
One would think that if the Kensington Rune Stone was carved by an initiated Cistercian monk traveling with a party that included knights ideologically descended from the disbanded Templar order who understood what many believe to be the historical truth about Jesus and his wife Mary Magdalene that somewhere in the inscription there would be a clue to this knowledge.  Here again, the answer to the question depends on whether the reader has the “eyes to see.”  To the initiated, Jesus was known as the “Fisher King” as he was the first Grand Master of Freemasonry in the Age of Pisces the Fish.  In the Bible, if you were a follower of Jesus, you were a ‘follower of the fish.’ 
“We were fishing one day…” on line six of the inscription never made sense to me.  Of course the Kensington party would go fishing; probably on a daily basis to sustain themselves.  However, when viewed in a Masonic light and to one who knew the “secret”, “fishing” on the Kensington Rune Stone inscription must surely be a reference to the biblical Jesus. 
Not to be excluded, the initiated will also quickly see that his wife is also acknowledged on line eight with the Latin letters “AVM.”  In my Akhenaten book, I made the same point and perhaps as way of emphasis, the carver made a punch on the lower right leg of the “M” apparently as a coded acknowledgement to the sacred feminine goddess they revered. 
While standing firmly behind my long-standing thesis the Kensington Rune Stone is first and foremost a 14th Century land claim many people have asked in whose name the land claim is made.  I have always argued that since I believe the Kensington party were the ideological and likely bloodline descendants of the Templar’s who were put down by the King of France and the Pope in 1307, the claim would not have been made in the name of any king, monarch, or the Pope.  However, in light of this new Ritual Code evidence, I am forced to admit that I was wrong.  It appears the land claim was indeed made in the name of a king.  In this case, it was their ancestral and ideological Grand Master, the Fisher King.  As if to emphasize the point, there are twenty-two Hooked X’s, as found on the lid of the “Jesus, son of Joseph” ossuary from the Talpiot tomb, emblazoned throughout the inscription.[15] 
Looking back at the ten men from Alexandria, Minnesota, at least eight of whom were known to be Freemasons, one is compelled to wonder what motivated them to want to build such a large, and very expensive monument, to permanently house the Kensington Rune Stone at the discovery site on the Ohman Farm.  They must have seen something within the inscription that told them it was connected to Templarism/ Freemasonry.  In the 1920’s, York Rite Freemasonry was very popular in the rural areas of Minnesota and I suspect it’s possible at least one, or maybe all of the men were York Rite Freemasons who recognized the numbers 8 and 22 as being connected to the Select Master degree.  There is no known record this is true or what it was that specifically motivated them, but I personally believe they likely saw what I saw and knew the Kensington Rune Stone was somehow connected to their medieval ideological brethren.   
Conclusions
Based on the evidence presented in this paper the following conclusions are appropriate:
1.       The Ritual Code on the Kensington Rune Stone completely eliminates the idea a late 19th Century Swedish immigrant farmer created the inscription to express ethnic pride.
2.       Any and all theories regarding who created the Kensington Rune Stone inscription now must incorporate the “Ritual Code” discovery into the thesis.
3.       The “Ritual Code” discovery is consistent with the idea that many aspects of Masonic ritual are part of a long-standing symbolic and allegorical tradition that goes back through the Kabbalah and the ancient Egyptian Mysteries.
4.       The “Ritual Code” discovery eliminates the need to investigate the allegorical aspects of the inscription that do not represent what many have believed to have been actual historical events such as searching for remains of the “10 men red from blood and death.”
5.       The “Ritual Code” discovery does not change the following previous discoveries made by the author and other researchers and introduces new conclusions about the artifact:
a.       The KRS was created by a group of post-putdown (in 1307) Cistercians/Knights Templar.
b.      The KRS was created in 1362.
c.       The “Dating Code” of a second date of 1362 that was encoded within the inscription using the medieval Easter Table dating tradition as proposed by the author in 2006, is still valid.
d.      The idea the KRS is a 14th Century land claim as proposed by the author in 2006, is still valid. 
e.      The presence of the word, “Gral” (“Grail”) as singled out in sequence by the carver using punch marks and short lines after the inscription was carved.
f.        The KRS land claim was the beginning of the founding of what would become the United States of America.  The Cistercians/Knights Templar began the effort to establish what they called the “New Jerusalem” which was successfully completed in the late 18th Century by their ideological direct descents; modern day Freemasonry. 
g.       The new discovery explains why Scandinavian scholars without the knowledge base and understanding of the allegorical and symbolic aspects of the Hebrew mysticism and the Egyptian mysteries have struggled for over a century to understand and appreciate these aspects of the inscription.
h.      This new discovery may shed light on what motivated the ten men in Alexandria to want to build such a substantial monument.  Perhaps they too saw the Kensington as the beginning of the founding of the United States by their ideological medieval brethren.
6.   The new discovery can also be argued provides a direct connection between the Cistercians/Knights Templar to modern Freemasonry.  The exact path between the two is not yet totally clear.    
References
General Grand Council Cryptic Masons: Under the supervision of the Ritual Committee , Adopted September 24, 1900, As revised October 10-11, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana, 24th Edition.
Hogan, W. Timothy, The 32 Secret Paths of Solomon: A New Examination of the Qabbalah in Freemasonry, ISBN: 978-0-557-04610-2, 2009.
Kaplan, Aryeh, Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation, Weiser Books, Boston, MA/York Beach, ME, 1997.
Mann, William F., Templar Sanctuaries in North America: Sacred Bloodlines and Secret Treasures, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, 2016.
Minnesota Historical Society’s Museum Committee, The Kensington Rune Stone, Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume XV, St. Paul, Minnesota, Pages 221-286, May, 1915.
Winchell, Professor Newton H., Report on the Kensington Rune Stone, by Professor N. H. Winchell of the Museum Committee, Minnesota Historical Society, April, 1910.
Wolter, Scott F., and Richard Nielsen, The Kensington Rune Stone: Compelling New Evidence, Lake Superior Agate Publishing, Chanhassen, Minnesota, 2006.
Wolter, Scott F., The Hooked X: Key to the History of North America, North Star Press of St. Cloud, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 2009.
Wolter, Scott F., Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers: The Mysteries of the Hooked X, North Star Press of St. Cloud, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 2013.
 

The face side of the Kensington Rune Stone that contains nine lines of text carved in Scandinavian runes. (Wolter, 2013)

 
The split side of the Kensington Rune Stone with three lines of text that includes the date 1362 carved using Pentadic numbers in Arabic placement. (Wolter, 2013)
This graphic shows the thirteen degrees of York Rite Freemasonry. The first three degrees are called the “Blue Lodge”, the next four are called the Royal Arch degrees, the next three are called the Cryptic Council degrees and the final three are the Order of the Knights Templar degrees.  The degree that tipped me off to the Ritual Code numbers on the Kensington Rune Stone was the Select Master degree, the second in the Cryptic Council. (Internet)

 
The typical “o” rune used in medieval Scandinavian runic inscriptions has two parallel lines angling down roughly forty-five and left from the main vertical stave.  On the Kensington Rune Stone seventeen of the twenty “o” runes have the two parallel lines squared at ninety degrees left of the main vertical stave.  The initiated medieval carver likely employed the concept of “squaring our actions by the square of virtue.” (Wolter, 2004, 2002)   

 
Three of the twenty “O” runes are ornately carved vertical ovals with “n” runes inside the oval.  Two dots above the three symbols represent umlauts indicating the “ö” sound.  The Masonic concept of the “Rule of Three” appears to have been employed and could represent the three horizontals and/or three columns in the “Tree of Life” in the Kabbalah. (Wolter, 2002)  
 

This diagram shows the ten Sefirot (spheres) and the 32 paths of the “Tree of Life” in the Kabbalah as defined by the Ari (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria), considered one of the greatest Kabbalists of all time.[11]


The Latin letters “AVM” are carved at the end of line eight of the Kensington Rune Stone and appear to be a coded reference to Mary Magdalene.  The carver added a punch mark to the bottom right leg of the “M” as if to add emphasis to the initiated that these letters were carved to symbolize the “other” Mary.  Three-dimensional microscopic imaging clearly shows the punch hole added to the far right leg of the “M” was deeper than the vertical line it was added to. (Wolter, 2002 and 2013) 


 
 
[1] Winchell, 1910
[2] Wolter/Nielsen, 2006, Pages 13-58
[3] Wolter, 2013, Pages 16-20
[4] General Grand Council Cryptic Masons, 1900, Page 64
[5] ibid
[6] General Grand Council Cryptic Masons, 1900, Page 65
[7] General Grand Council Cryptic Masons, 1900, Page 65
[8] Kaplan, Page 7, 1997.
[9] Kaplan, Page 143, 1997
[10] Kaplan Page 7, 1997
[11] Kaplan, Page xxv, 1997.
[12] Hogan, Page 14, 2009.
[13] Mann, 2016
[14] Wolter, Pages 198-210, 2009
[15] Wolter, Pages 221-228, 2009
[16] In May of 2015, I published a paper I wrote about the discovery of a monogram of two symbols, the Hooked X and a Tau Cross, carved into the lid of “Jesus, son of Joseph” in the Talpiot tomb in Jerusalem.  The reader can also read a short synopsis of the discovery of the Talpiot Tomb in Jerusalem, in 1980, in my paper, “Reconsidering a Mark on the Lid of the Talpiot Tomb’s Jesus Ossuary” at the following link: http://scottwolteranswers.blogspot.com/2015/08/hooked-xtau-cross-monogram-on-jesus.html

 

Janet Wolter stands within the original rectangular footprint within the cemetery at Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg, On September 29, 2015.  One of the tour guides told us recent excavations did not find evidence of a secret vault below the original church. 


 
 

272 comments:

  1. Scott, I find your work and interests very interesting! I miss seeing your show but follow what you find online. I once was able to attend a Mosonic Lodge gathering and I am also consumed with finding out more. I guess what I'm trying to say is I miss my calling if becoming being an archeologist and became a nurse instead. So I live my dream job thru you & I'LL continue to do so. I would greatly appreciate any information you could share, my email address us
    Gmafulton@gmail.com
    This may some weird but I feel this great closeness to the Templar's and crave to learn more. So thank you for all you duo and share!!! Judy

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    1. Hi Judy,

      Glad you find all this so interesting. Just because you didn't decide to pursue archaeologist as a profession doesn't mean you still can't enjoy the research into it. In some ways you have more freedom to pursue your interests instead of being constricted.

      There's a lot of interesting things out there to learn so have at it!

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  2. Scott,
    Thank you!
    This is fascinating! It must be the most correct account of the KRS history and meaning. Love your show, own and have read your book on the KRS. Plus, myself and a Navy buddy, stationed at Newport, RI in 1974, climbed up scaffolding being used for maintenance of some type, and we went up into the Newport Tower! The friend described it as "Some ancient building that nobody knows where it came from!" Wow, to have actually been there is unreal and as an American and Christian history buff it is an honor!
    Other hidden Christian books and legends foresaw the place of America as God's latter-day sanctuary. I don't have the writings in front of me, but there was supposed to be something in the Rocky Mountains specifically. Interesting! Thank you Scott!

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    1. Anonymous,

      You are quite right there are other very old books that cryptically referred to North America as the "New Jerusalem" or secret sanctuary that was known about long before Columbus and the Norse.

      The KRS was the first tangible land claim placed by the Templars/Venus Families that served as the official beginning of the founding of our country. It's no coincidence the job was finished by the ideological, and bloodline, descendants of the Templars/Venus Families we now call our "Founding Fathers."

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    2. Hi Scott,

      Will you be putting out more research in the future on how the founding fathers are related to the Venus families? Like for instance, an extensive study on the genealogy and family trees of people like George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Rush and the like? It would be interesting to see what shows up. :)

      -- Mindy

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    3. Mindy,

      More extensive study of the genealogy of our Founding Fathers is very fertile ground and would likely yield many interesting connections. We know George Washington has intriguing family ties, but I haven't gone down that road very far at all.

      Cort Lindahl has researched some of these family ties, but I have yet to read his research. I suspect there's quite a bit of material out there already on these people, but likely not looked into in this context.

      I'll keep you posted as things develop; I like your thinking!

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  3. Hi Scott, I can see that you put a lot of work into this, but I need to tell you that I still believe the KRS message should be taken at face value, meaning, I still think the misadventure occurred exactly as told by the engraver. I see no evidence of a land claim, either, only a memorial stone. Disease/allegory is out and "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crow_Creek_massacre" is in.

    You have purposely chosen to overlook the discovery of the Erdahl Axe in 1894 on the west bank of Davidson Lake, which has two skerries and is a day's actual journey from Runestone Hill. A part of the message on the KRS has been pretty much been proven out, but you have disregarded this factual evidence supporting a part of the message of the KRS. Instead, you have inserted all manner of numerology coincidence and speculative allegory into what I believe should be taken as a simple and truthful message, on an actual memorial stone.

    Scott, nearly anyone who believes in the authenticity of the KRS can see that its message is simple and straightforward and the details already can stand on their own. The entire message stands on its own just fine, without a lot of speculation, and it is okay for some to believe the men were prospecting for land, without the intention of claiming half a continent.

    I think there is much more coincidence in your Masonic numbers seeming to have attachment to the KRS than there is coincidence in the Erdahl Axe being found a foot and a half deep under a stump two feet in diameter at a site perfectly matching the description inscribed on the KRS as being the location of the massacre, both in distance and in lake feature description.

    I'm sorry to have to say this, but I must believe you are doing the KRS a disservice by not being willing to take its message at face value, in every detail. Frankly, your own speculation wouldn't seem that harmful to me if it could all fit in with the message of the KRS being a true accounting of something that actually happened, as told in simple terms. Anyway, I remain a KRS message purist.

    - Gunn

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    1. Gunn,

      You have made numerous proclamations about your beliefs that have no factual support on this and other blogs ad nausea. We all know what you think, but unfortunately, your ideas are untenable with regard to the known facts.

      The Erdahl axe is an out-of-context artifact and therefore, can't be used to support any pre-Columbian thesis. Understand that I would love for this axe and the other interesting artifacts (fire steels, axes, swords, etc.) discovered in the past to be supporting evidence, but on this point the opponents are right. They can't be used as evidence because there is no clean chain of custody for their provenance. By pushing these, all it does is give the doubters reason to dismiss the good stuff. They are non-starters and we don't need them so please get off it.

      That you won't accept the allegorical nature of most of the inscription is your choice. Quite frankly, for those who are not initiated as Freemasons it's going to pretty difficult to understand the hidden aspects of any allegorical story. You are clearly bias by your Roman Christian faith so I'm not going to try and change your mind. As I've said to you before, faith and science in this context are mutually exclusive and it'll never work trying to mix the two.

      Good luck finding the ten dead men.

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  4. thanks for the update and conclusions,ive kept up with your America unearthed show and was amazed with your work,and its connect with whats being found at Oak Island,thanks again for your dedication and perseverance in this bit of important history Scott,,kind regards,karl,,

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    1. Karl,

      Thanks for chiming in and for the kind words. This certainly is important history and the it needs to come out. The Templar connection to Oak Island was likely legitimate at one time. Obviously, Bill Mann's recently published research suggests the treasure was moved west into the Rocky Mountains and the Kensington inscription appears to be consistent with that premise.

      Obviously, we know what the next steps are. for those interested in reading Bill Mann's book you can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Templar-Sanctuaries-North-America-Bloodlines/dp/1620555271/ref=pd_sim_14_9?ie=UTF8&dpID=61aLDrWWYvL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=XX55W61DT90N30TMZ79V

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  5. Hi Scott! Thx for a great show.
    I was thinking of the circles you have seen almost everywhere from Mexico to USA and other places. The first thing that I come to think of is it an icon for our galax, the milky way? And if there is more circles could it be other galaxes, hmm and how can they be aware of those?

    Greetings from Götaland (near Rökstenen, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%B6k_Runestone )
    Sandberg

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    1. Sandberg,

      If you’re referring to the spiral symbol, it’s both a Goddess symbol and a geometric symbol of the Golden Ratio. They are found all over the world as evidence that certain factions within all ancient cultures revered the sacred feminine and understood sacred geometry.

      Greetings back to the land of the “8 Götalanders?”

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    2. Thx and your Scandinavian "ÅÄÖ" are remarkable good :)
      Btw do you know you might have a relative here in Sweden? You share the same surname anyhow http://imdb.to/29HFq5j

      I am not the 8th visitor anymore from Sweden anymore :) And to the followers here I can brief them that we lost 25 per cent (1 million) of our countrys population around 1890 when we was the poorest (!) country in Europe.

      Keep it up!

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  6. Thank you for sharing this document with us, Scott. I enjoy reading anything you are willing to post as there is always something there to promote thought and often give meaning to obscure items that are looked at and then dismissed by scholars and scientists because the items don't fit in their ordered little lives. Again, thank you.

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    1. Anonymous,

      In fairness to the skeptical scholars, this discovery is something totally foreign to them as I can't imagine any of the scholars I've met who've weighed in on the KRS, being open-minded or humble enough to consider becoming a Freemason; let alone seeking knowledge in the higher degrees. The fact the inscription contains mostly allegory and code largely explains why academia has struggled so mightily for so long. From a forensic investigation standpoint this makes a lot of sense.

      I'm happy to share all my discoveries with anyone and everyone as it's the only way to get to the truth about this vitally importance artifact.

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  7. Hey scott, can you list the names of the geologists that have peer reviewed your work? And the names of the masons who peer reviewed this latest?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Funny you should ask that question as just today I found where I had put those written reviews of my geological work that I hadn't seen in a few years. Because a certain debunker decided to call my alma mater about my honorary Master's degree given out of sympathy by my now retired (and deceased) professors, I won't be giving out the names of the ones who are still living. That call prompted my elderly professors to become anxious and worried upon being asked questions by university officials about what they had done for me so long ago. If the debunker had simply asked, I would have explained the context of the degree I was given. Instead, he only aim was to seize an opportunity to try and disparage my research by trying to disparage me. This is why I treat people who exhibit the similar mentality and lack of integrity on this blog with little patience.

      There were five geologists who peer-reviewed my work, four were academics (including G.B. Morey and Charles L. Matsch) and one was a licensed professional (Terrance Swor). I had forgotten there were two rounds of written reviews with three of the academics providing very detailed and thoughtful reviews. At some point in the future when I am confident the two retired professors will not be harassed, I will reveal their identities and their written reviews. You can thank the increasingly hostile environment of skeptics and debunkers for my being overly-protective of the privacy and dignity of these individuals.

      As for the Freemason academics who reviewed my recently published paper, other than editor Ben Williams, I don’t know the identities of the individuals who reviewed my paper. Perhaps you should contact Ben Williams to find out who they were?

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    2. Mr. Ben Williams will indeed confirm that his Rocky Mountain Mason periodical is neither scholarly nor peer reviewed. Therefore my good sir, if you do not wish to leave behind a legacy for that of a liar, I would proffer henceforth that you refrain from such behavior accordingly.

      Cheers,

      Lesley

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    3. Lesley,

      Actually, you're right the publication is not "scholarly" as in being affiliated with a University or PhD's. I apologize if I gave that impression. However, my paper was reviewed by Masonic peers so it was in fact, peer reviewed. In any case, the paper has been reviewed, published and stands on its own merit.

      Since you are not a brother Mason, any opinion by your any other non-Masons on the substance of the paper has little if any value. Maybe just this one time, you should put aside your negative bias and possibly learn something.

      Isn't that a novel concept?

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    4. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?

      J. N. Welch

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    5. J.N. Welch,

      Please enlighten us on what I have done that offends you so?

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  8. Interesting stuff Scott. Have the Runestone Museum and Ohman family seen this research yet? I would love to know their commentary on this information, and how important it is to the research and history of the KRS.

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    1. Hi Mindy,

      Four members of the Ohman Family heard me present this research a couple of months ago at a Masonic function and I think they found it interesting. Maybe one of them will chime in with their thoughts.

      The Runestone Museum had not seen the research yet.

      Personally, I think this could be the most important discovery since the geological work I performed in 2000-2003 that validated Winchell's work in 1910, and the discovery of the Dotted R and the word "har" in 2003. What this gives us is a glimpse into the medieval carver's mind. There's no doubt the odds of the numbers matching so perfectly eliminates any possibility of coincidence, so it's vitally important to carefully consider what the message does, and doesn't say.

      I'm now convinced the message was crafted long before the stone was selected by the party and split down to its final shape. The number 14 is especially interesting given its association with the age-old "resurrection" story and the apparent distance to the territory of the guardians of the Secret Vault. If the SV can be located, the authenticity of the not just the KRS, but the Templar's original claiming of the land that would become the United States will be validated once and for all.

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  9. What an odd peer review process, that one has to hide identity in order to protect them from...questions? As a part of the review, this is why you select your harshest critiques and most competent scholars to review your work. I would advise you ton redo this study in a more professional manner, one where you select scholars who can face the music,...however if your new study held up to scrutiny than you would of crossed a significant hurdle, building a geologic consensus that the rock was old would be the first place to start...

    Signing off, a good buddy of yours, (old and grey as I know you are ;))

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    1. Anonymous,

      If the situation had been handled appropriately by the debunker in the first place we wouldn't be here. Both men are well into their eighties and their written reviews will eventually serve the purpose intended. They've made it abundantly clear they don't want to be harassed anymore and left alone. I'm sure you understand why I want to respect their wishes...?

      I appreciate your suggestions, but the situation is what it is. Although I beg to differ that you would select the "harshest" critiques; I would think seeking the most knowledgeable and balanced critiques would be the most appropriate, but then we can agree to disagree can't we? One of the harshest critics of my geology recently overstepped his bounds by inferring I had intentionally fudged the date of the Abner Lowell tombstone in my weathering study and it turned out the critic was wrong. This mistake, made in his apparent haste to discredit me, only served to discredit himself and his bizarre critique. The geological consensus is already in place so you would be wise to accept it. BTW, we already know the rock is old, it's the age of the inscription that we are talking about.

      If you are "a (old and grey) good buddy" of mine then you should be happy to reveal your identity right? Or is there another reason why you prefer to creep around in the shadows?

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  10. Hi Scott,

    I found it interesting that you related 14 days to 14 degrees of longitude. I know that sometimes an allegorical year is taken as 360 days long, and of course there are a total of 360 degrees of longitude circling the Earth, so it does make sense like that.

    However, there is another way to look at it. If you go by sidereal time, and say for example a given star transits the local meridian as some time (say midnight), there is a longitude to the west of your current location where the same star will transit the local meridian at the same time on the FOLLOWING night. This longitude is 0.98564733 degrees to the west. So this would also make sense, astronomically, to relate 14 days to 14*0.98564733 degrees to the west, or 13.799063 degrees.

    Just wanted to mention that as an alternative in case you want to consider it.

    Regards,
    Terry

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    1. Hi Terry,

      Either way you look at it, traveling west puts you in the territory of the Blackfoot. To say the medieval travelers didn’t understand longitude is silly. Apparently, the KRS provides evidence that they did!

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  11. 4th down, less than a peanut, 1980 iowa, I cracked against you. Barber got his revenge tho, although we paid you back in 81'...

    The problems you are having is how youve allowed subjectivity to dominate your work. Until you open up your mind to a process, u will never be accepted. As it stands now, you've invented your own process instead of relying on time honored and successful geological journals, but do as you wish scott

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    1. Anonymous,

      What are you talking about?

      The only problem I'm having are people like you who have already made their minds up refusing to accept the voluminous factual evidence from multiple disciplines that are consistent with authenticity.

      OT Touchdown, game over bro.

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  12. I am talking about what you describe as peer reviewed resembles almost nothing of the process. You have stated in the past that you had 8 reviews, now 5, now 3 written forms (?), while some were done in a conversation setting (?). It's a mess scott, some things aren't adding up

    And don't get touchy about a crack back, I admitted that um put it on us, outside of 6 points we were stuck in the mud...just didn't have it that today, and we were ranked!

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    1. Anonymous,

      Please, let’s not start framing the argument to your utopian world of peer review. My geological work was indeed reviewed by 8 geologists and material scientists. What I found yesterday was the file with the written reviews of 5 geologists, four that were academics and one that was a professional. The file also included Swedish geologist, Runo Löfvendahl’s comments, but we know what happened there. He's the guy who had to sneak away from his colleagues in Stockholm to examine the artifact, and the core sample with thin sections, at the Museum in Hälsingslands. After six hours of examination together he agreed with every geological point, but refused to put it in writing for fear of retaliation as Henrik Williams experienced. Sadly, as much as I’d love to take the points, that positive review doesn’t count I’m afraid.

      All eight of the reviews are in written form, but I’m not going to reveal the identity of the two out of respect for their wishes. I could care less if you don’t like, a classless debunker created the situation that we all now have to live with. If people in this arena treated others with more respect we wouldn’t have the century-long quagmire over this stone. After 16 years of studying the people involved and their investigations, I can tell you the number one reason we don’t have a consensus is due to problems of the human condition on both sides. If it was truly about the facts we’d now be working on uncovering the evidence surrounding the who, from where, and why questions related to this important medieval artifact. Although, I‘ve already done a lot of that.

      Everything adds up pal, except your story about some alleged ‘crack back’ block on a linebacker that only a cute little wide receiver would remember. If you played against me in the past (my team was UMD; we were Bulldogs, not U of M rodents) then you’d use your real name. That way I might remember you and rub our apparent victory in your nose a little more. ;-)

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    2. Scott you can't say that all eight of the reviews are in written form, when you distinctly posted this reply on your "The Templar Families and Sheep" blog post:

      "Of the people on that list, Paul Wieblen and G.B. Morey did not submit written reviews of my geological work. They promised to, but we instead discussed the findings personally at the Minnesota Geological Survey and Paul was the only one who didn't completely agree. His objections were philosophical with regard to methodology and he offered nothing specific to refute or contradict my work." — Scott Wolter

      http://scottwolteranswers.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-templar-families-and-sheep.html

      You yourself Scott said that not only did Professors Wieblen and Morey not submit written forms, but what ultimately happen was a discussion between the both of them. You even went so far to admit that Wieblen didn't agree with your methods and conclusion as well. So there are in fact only 6 written reviews on record, and this fact came from your own words.

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    3. John,

      You are correct that I said that, but I was wrong. I had forgotten until I saw the file yesterday that G.B. Morey, in fact, did submit a written peer review. I apologize, I was wrong.

      Paul Wieblen did not submit a written review as he did not review my work in any detail. I know that Paul did submit a report praising Winchell, but he only performed one microprobe traverse on the glacial surface of the core sample. I was there when he did it. Some skeptics have tried to make an issue of the fact he didn't document any biotite on that surface during his traverse. That would be expected on the glacial surface wouldn't it? Wieblen and I didn't agree that the exact elemental composition of the KRS biotite was important with regard to weathering. I argued it didn't matter as the removal of surficial KRS biotite and other micas was a mechanical process, not a chemical process.

      We're still at 8 written reviews including those by material scientists Richard Nielsen and Richard Stehly. I think "only six" written reviews is pretty damn good!

      Nice try John, and what's your last name BTW? I don't think you were ever a ball player were you?

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    4. Scott, you can be suspicious all you want but I'm not the person you spoke to above. I'm the same John you have talked to in previous blog posts of yours.

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    5. John,

      Wouldn't it be a whole lot easier if people just used their real names? In any case, are you satisfied that the numbers add up now or are we still going to do that dance?

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    6. Funny how this works, you once posted that you would share the reviews with only serious geologist (serious as determined by whom), now you refuse bc of a perceived anxiety of ur old professors..just admit, you ll never make the reviews public (if they exist in written form). I'd be curious how many of the reviewers consider that process as peer review, or if they were trying to help you out before you became fringe

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    7. Anonymous,

      I beg to differ, I don't find this situation funny at all. The peer reviews will still only be shared with serious geologists as determined by me when it is appropriate. There is nothing perceived about my professor’s anxiety, they made their feelings very clear and their wishes well be respected. I’ll make the reviews public in due time and could care less if you think they exist or not. Your opinion simply doesn’t matter. Is name-calling really the best you can do when you don’t get your way?

      If my work on the KRS is so unimportant and “fringe,” why do you and your debunker friends waste all this time discussing it? You and I both know it’s very important and it scares you to death that I might be right and you might be wrong doesn’t it?

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  13. Interesting article. As a self-proclaimed history enthusiast, I had the trip of a lifetime when I visited the holy land a few years ago. Being able to see where religion and history are so intricately intertwined in the artifacts and ruins of the foundation of Christianity, the Roman ingenuity as evidenced even today, and then the remains of the Crusades in the architecture still in existence overloads the senses. Knowing that there is still so much to discover and understand from those who lived before us makes the search for answers so exciting. I could not believe how much they are still unearthing in Israel even today. I will have to live vicariously through you and your colleagues as I missed my true calling. Your hunt for the answers to try and put together the puzzle that makes us who we are today is an adventure.

    Happy Fourth of July to you.

    Christine

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    1. Hi Christine,

      I spent 6 days in Jerusalem and it was amazing; I can't wait to go back as I have a lot of unfinished business there. I have to say I'm a little surprised more skeptics haven't found the Hooked X/Tau Cross symbol on the "Jesus, son of Joseph" ossuary more intriguing. It's probably due to the fact it all but proves the Templar/Venus Families connection the KRS/Spirit Pond/Narragansett Rune Stones. It's one of the amazing treasures that ancient city was hiding.

      In any case, stay tuned. There's a lot more to come.

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  14. Mindy, my name is Darwin Ohman, grandson of Olof Ohman and first I must say that I am proud to be a friend of Scott and Janet Wolter. Yes the Ohman family is excited about this new information.

    I have known Scott since 2004 and have found his knowledge and abilities to be amazing. His diligence in researching information and open mindedness has clearly put him miles ahead of the pack in KRS knowledge. He has done more to set the facts straight on the KRS than anyone in the last 118 years. I truly enjoy time with Scott and we have done a fair amount of research together. It is always productive, interesting, and especially a learning experience for me.

    There is a lot of discussion here on peer review. My suggestion to the debunkers and those who can only talk about peer review would be to listen to what Scott has to say and do their own research. If academic peer review were the main focus, little would get done. For someone interested in the KRS, it is exciting times and I welcome and look forward to Scott's work! In the last couple of years things have really come together. He is truly a friend of the Ohman family and I appreciate his honesty with me. He does want to know the truth as do I.

    Darwin Ohman

    Darwin Ohman

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  15. Hey Scott, interesting stuff. One idea I heard recently was that the ancient Romans made it to America, but that idea obviously doesn't have a whole lot of validity or any evidence to it. I might of heard it on the website of the Guy who hosted "Curse of Oak island". What do you think of this theory?
    Jim

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      I've heard a lot about the possibility of the Romans being at Oak Island. However, I have not looked at any of the evidence in any detail. Therefore, I really have no opinion either way at this time. Sorry.

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  16. PART IV - final

    One fingerprint which is abundantly clear to me is the “dotted Rs” on the KRS. There simply aren’t any. Only one R clearly has a dot, but it is not found within the hoop of the R but between its legs. Take a closer look at the overall design of the KRS and where this R is found. This is a key point. The front face of the KRS has nine lines correct? With 9 lines, its center line is the 5th (4 above it and 4 below it). This 5th line has 23 characters, meaning character #12 would be its central character (11 to the left and right of it), thus it’s no surprise that this center character on the center line also happens to be the “dotted R”. The dot is not a linguistic device; it’s a centering mark; one produced by the carver to ensure he didn’t get lost in the design. This is how the centering of text was done prior to the advent of computers. It is also an indication that the inscription was not a head-to-hand inscription but rather entirely pre-planned. The length of the inscription was clearly known to the carver, thus the decision to place just nine lines loosely on the front while confining three more to be carved tightly on its side, was also planned from the start. He didn’t run out of room.
    You’re a geologist. I am not, but I have to question anyone’s ability to produce any sort of viable date one way or the other from the KRS, due to the amount of abuse it’s undergone over the last 118 years. In my work as an artist I’ve made more molds than I can count, and while molds today are very non-invasive, this was not the case even a few decades ago. We know the KRS has been handled, cleaned, dipped in solvents, had plaster molds pulled from it many times, bathed in chemical mold releases, etc etc – over and over. Greywacke is an extremely hard stone, but I can tell you from considerable experience that molding a stone in the old-fashioned manner is never good for the original. First, molding strips the stone of absolutely any and all loose material- even at the microscopic level. Molds also exploit any pre-existing damage, exaggerating it, and making an item such as the KRS appear more worn than it actually is. I believe this determination might put me squarely in the middle camp with regards to the geology of the KRS: Unlike many, I believe the stone shows wear yes, but I’m not convinced, because of the century of mishandling by individuals who owned the stone, that we can attribute this wear to age. Unfortunately, I believe the geology of the KRS is ultimately a moot point.

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    1. Paul,

      I’m glad I finally had a chance to read the gist of your argument as I’ve only heard bits and pieces of it for a while now. There are so many places where this goes off track it’s hard to know where to begin. Incidentally, I’m only posting part 4 of your comments as those who are interested to read more can get your book or contact you directly. Feel free to post an email or website link.

      Let me start by saying I do agree with you on one point. I’m certain the inscription was well planned out long before it was carved. Other than that, I can’t accept any of what I can only call are your interesting musings. What gives you the authority to dismiss the three Dotted R’s so cavalierly? You are in no position to do that and to rely on Nielsen and Williams intentionally miss-guided post-2006 publications that undermine their earlier confirmation of the Dotted R’s on the KRS is a mistake. Despite your insistence, the dot between the legs of the “r” on line five is a perfectly acceptable ‘Dotted R.’ I found multiple examples on Gotland (see page 57 in “Compelling New Evidence”). That this specific dot is approximately (not exactly) in the center of the inscription is not proof it was put there for the purpose of centering the inscription. Linguistically, it works fine in both the word “north”, on line 5, and in the second “r” in “northmen” on line 1. It’s the same word as the second “r” in north is palatal, so to find it in both is expected. Sorry Paul, swing and a miss.

      As I’m sure you already know, the Dotted R proves the inscription is medieval and you can’t just dismiss it for convenience.

      As far as the geology goes, you fatally shoot your entire thesis in the head by dismissing Winchell and my geological weathering work with an arm wave. First, your facts about the history of the two molds made since its discovery (1937 and 2003) are simply wrong. Second, even if we accepted ALL of your points as to what happened to the stone from the mold-making process your argument is still dead on arrival. The stone wouldn’t “wear”, it would be chemically altered by the solutions you claim it was exposed to. Even if that did happen, wouldn’t all surfaces on the stone be chemically altered? Yes, they would.

      What proves this scenario didn’t happen is the un-weathered and chemically un-altered surfaces at the bottom of the grooves, made by Ohman when he scratched out the inscription in January of 1899. Shouldn’t those still-fresh surfaces be weathered, or chemically degraded like the rest of the stone? Yes, they should. Further, the weathering profile of the split side, the un-scratched walls of the grooves in the original inscription, and the flaked areas adjacent to the original inscription is less advanced than the more-weathered glacial surfaces and very different than the un-weathered fresh scratches made by Ohman. Based on your theory the current conditions of the various surfaces of the stone would not be what they in fact, are and prove, despite your beliefs, that the geology of the KRS is not a moot point.

      I also have to say by implicating a specific deceased individual based on erroneous speculation is irresponsible. You have no direct evidence that Bro George W. Cooley created the KRS, and while I appreciate the interesting history about him you’ve researched, your argument flies in the face of the known facts. I think you owe Bro George W. Cooley, and his descendants, an apology.

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    2. Paul,

      Yesterday I was forwarded this comment you posted on another blog: “As for Wolter, he has essentially stolen the basic template of my theory without crediting me;…” that the stone was created by not just Freemasons, but Cryptic Masons, because there are indeed 1:1 parallels on the KRS to allegory found in those degrees. I made this point over 3 years ago...but unlike Wolter I came to the conclusion that the stone MUST be fake because of it.”

      First, I’ve never read your any of your thesis before the 4-part commentary you sent here the other day. Second, if you have a problem with something you think I did, instead of running over to the “crying room” blog for babies, say something to me directly. Credit you for what? What I wrote was 100% my own experience, factual information and interpretation. Lastly, you’re in way over your head trying to discuss linguistic, runological, or geological aspects of the KRS, so just stop already. My advice is for you stop trying to bring attention to yourself with untenable speculation and casting blame on long-deceased individuals for something they couldn’t possibly have done.

      One again, if you have a problem or a complaint, bring it to me and stop whining on other blog sites.

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    3. Scott, let me get this straight....

      You've accepted the roll as the world's leading living expert on all things related to the KRS, yet....

      1. You've never read Paul's KRS book published three years ago?

      2. You've never heard of Paul's Masonic Code theory even though it's been discussed at length over the past three years on the website you just pulled the above quote from?

      3. You have now published your own Masonic Code theory without doing even a basic Google check to see if others have made similar claims in the past?

      You are either being dishonest, or you are a very poor researcher.

      Either way, I think you owe Paul an apology.

      Bart

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    4. Bart,

      Let me try and set you straight…

      I never accepted the title of anything and didn’t know there was one for, “World’s leading living expert on all things related to the KRS.” Let’s be clear, that’s a title you seem to be giving me.

      1. No, have never seen or read Paul Stewart's book.

      2. First, I didn’t pull the quote, it was forwarded to me by someone else yesterday. I don’t read the debunker’s site because it’s not a serious venue of discussion about the KRS or anything else in my opinion. It’s basically a place for people to go who’ve done nothing to complain about others who actually have. For the few that apparently have done something like Mr. Stewart, it’s a place to go complain when they don’t get the attention they feel they deserve. In fact, in the past couple of years I did hear that a guy named Paul Stewart wrote a paper essentially saying that a Freemason carved the KRS in the late 1800’s. Knowing this to be complete B.S., and to reach such a conclusion Mr. Stewart would have to dismiss the voluminous medieval linguistic and runological features like the Dotted R, and both mine and Winchell’s geological work. Therefore, I ignored it. It’s no different than David Krueger’s new book which I did buy a copy of after hearing his lecture. He also inappropriately inserted his personal opinion about the artifact into his research while offering nothing but smug commentary about the cultural impact of the KRS which brings nothing new to the KRS discussion that’s of any real value IMHO. Therefore I have no plans to read his book either.

      3. I highly doubt my paper has any resemblance to Stewart’s paper as mine is 100% my own experience that is 100% independent of his work.

      Your meaningless opinion about me notwithstanding, and while I harbor no ill will toward him, I would argue it is Mr. Stewart who owes me an apology for his unfounded accusation.

      Is that all?

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    5. So, you don't consider yourself the world's leading living expert on all things related to the KRS? Good. We're both in agreement on that then.

      Bart

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  17. ill
    7/3/2016 19:06:24

    I saw this pop up on Wolter's site last night. I can't imagine how anyone really can buy into these sorts of wacky tales.

    1. So I am not an expert in the history of Transatlantic crossings or anything, but I didn't think that back in 1362 it was just something to do for a weeks vacation as an easy cruise. It was probably dangerous and scary as hell. It's not like those ships were motorized, so one wrong gust of wind and oops--you aren't going to where you planned to.

    2. Unless I am completely mistaken about what type of boats these guys were cruising in, the boats were not huge cargo vessels. Dudes had to be traveling light -- hoping to stop off and get stuff as they needed it from known outposts along the way or by collecting stuff by stopping for a bit.

    3. From the Atlantic Ocean to Minnesota is freaking far -- like 3000 kilometers far. On today's highways it would take an automobile 30ish hours to go from the ocean to MN. That is with street signs, and GPS apps knowing the entire route before even leaving.

    4. I am not saying Steps #1-3 couldn't have happened. These guys were probably pretty bad dudes and maybe could have pulled it off -- and it no doubt would have been a feat/achievement for them. It's at Step #5 where it starts sounding stupid.

    5. So after beating the odds and surviving Steps #1-3, one said badass stops and thinks: "Yeah, we just you know blazed through unknown territory and might be running low and supplies and maybe want to start thinking about turning around." To that another guy says, "Nah, lets find a 200lb rock, and waste some time carving a message that nobody will really understand (unless they are a member of a secret society that has not been formed yet, and even so, only to the people who are furthest vesting in said secret society that hasn't been formed yet) as a land claim."

    6. After spending all of that time exploring and carving stones, said Norsement retreat back to their homelands, carefully covering their tracks along the way so that evidence of said travel would be lost to history, and then never telling anyone about it again.

    In sum, it just sounds stupid -- and really, even if I got some of the above wrong, does it make any more sense not matter what details are plugged in?

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      You’re right, this commentary you just submitted is just plain stupid and doesn’t merit a serious response. Ugh...

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  18. Scott, do we know how old this ritual is?

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    1. Brandon,

      First, the Ritual Code on the KRS appears to be made up of two degrees, the face side of the KRS is an allegorical representation of the York Rite Select Master degree and the split side being the Master Mason degree (3rd degree of the Blue Lodge).

      In our current General Grand Council Cryptic Masons ritual book the Select Master degree was adopted on September 24, 1900, but clearly goes back much further than that. While I don’t have access to the exact language of the older ritual I know the York Rite degrees (including the Select Master degree) were performed in York, England, as far back as the 1500’s. What the KRS face side appears to telling us the ritual and the sequence of numbers goes back to at least the middle 14th Century.

      The Master Mason degree encoded on the split side is an ancient allegorical story of the resurrection of the sun on the winter solstice dating back to at least ancient Egypt. This story has been retold in stories and legends in every culture around the world as far back as the beginning of man.

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  22. I found your research on the Ritual Code discoveries and how it aligns with the KRS! Looking forward to the next journey westward for the location of the Secret Vault. Many of us are hoping you discover more of the mysteries Scott!

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    1. Anonymous,

      This discovery does open up some very interesting possibilities. Stay tuned as I am definitely going to follow up on this one.

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    2. I see that there is some support for the following assertion made by Paul Stewart: "As for Wolter, he has essentially stolen the basic template of my theory without crediting me" Wolter states that he did not base his work on Stewart's work therefore he could not have "stolen" it from him. I think I can shed some light on this.

      After reading Paul Stewart's book "The Enigmatist" I had a cordial email exchange with Paul in which I told him that I admired his effort but that I did not accept his conclusions and why. At about the same time I gave Wolter a high level overview of Paul's book and I said that I thought he should read it, even though I was pretty sure he should find things which would cause him to reach the same conclusion that I came to. He responded that based on my brief overview of the book that he had no intention to read it.

      When I recently heard Scott's "Ritual Code" presentation I immediately felt that some people would leap to the wrong conclusion that his work was somehow based on Stewart's work. Because of that concern I again suggested to Wolter again that he might want to read Stewart's book. Wolter said he did not share my concern and he told me that he still did not intend to read Stewart's book.

      There is another important reason why we can say that Wolter did not steal the work of Stewart. The simple fact is that even though Freemasonry plays a role in how they each came to their KRS theories, there is almost no overlap in their actual theories. That's right, nothing was stolen because they disagree on nearly every aspect of the "who, when, how and why" of the KRS story.

      As a separate matter, should Wolter have read Stewarts book? I don't know. In the end it is up to Wolter to decide how he prioritizes his efforts to keep up with this vast subject area. In this case, it looks like it was my review of Stewart's book that may have caused him to take a pass on Stewart's work.

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  23. Scott, Have you read "Born in Blood" by John J Robinson about the Templar Freemason connection?

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      Yes, I read the book probably ten years ago and found it made a very convincing argument the Templar's ideology did evolve into what we now call Freemasonry. I think that premise is now obvious even if some are skeptical. Keep in mind that both the post put-down Templars and early Masonic groups operated in strict secrecy so there is little if anything written down that clearly connects them.

      However, if one knows where to look the connections becomes obvious.

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    2. Being a Freemason and watching some on of your shows and reading this book convinced me. Glad to call you Braother.

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    3. Bro Anonymous,

      The big challenge for non-Masons (and Masons who have not gone through the Cryptic Council Degrees) is to understand how allegorical information is conveyed within the rituals. Until I was initiated I would never have fully comprehended how that process works.

      The numbers "8 and 22" in the Select Master ritual would have meant nothing to me had I not understood the Kensington inscription as well as I do. I owe that in-depth understanding in large part to the five years I worked so closely with Dick Nielsen and Henrik Williams.

      It's a shame that "people" issues got in the way of that collaboration, because things are getting really interesting now!

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  24. Mr. Wolter,

    It seems all the references to numerology and ancient alphabets leads one to surmise the "treasure", somewhere in the Rockies, might be a treasure of knowledge. I find a tenuous link between your work and the work of the burgeoning noetic sciences. All of which deal with lost ancient knowledge.

    Dan Uhrich

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    1. Dan,

      While I'm sure there would be some tangible treasure, like silver, gold, jewels, etc., associated with whatever was brought over by the Templars, the important treasure is certainly ancient knowledge.

      The biggest question I believe is if the repository was found and it was filled with ancient sacred relicts and knowledge, what would one do with it? Does it belong to the discoverers, the American Government, the world? What would you do if you found it?

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    2. Mr. Wolter,

      I believe you already have a conduit to disseminate the knowledge portion of the treasure...(wink)

      As for myself, as an educator, I do believe my lesson plans might have to change!


      Dan Uhrich

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    3. Dan,

      If the Secret Vault really does exist and was discovered, my personal belief is since it was assembled and belonged to the ideological brethren of modern Freemasons, I would argue it is the fraternity who should have the first opportunity to examine its contents.

      We don't want a repeat of what happened in Boston last year when the State of Massachusetts and local archaeologists miss-handled the small metal time capsule box discovered in a building being renovated that was placed by Bro Paul Revere. When they finally did contact the Grand Lodge in Boston the brothers were able to tell them everything about what was in it, why the artifacts were there, who did it and when. It would be a shame to not contact the fraternity first to see what they might know.

      Such a history changing discovery would open up some very interesting ethical questions that don't have easy answers. I hope someday we get the opportunity to ponder them.

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  25. Hey Scott,

    Are there any links to where I can follow up on your work for your new venture Xplrr? It would be much appreciated. :)

    -- Mindy

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    1. Mindy,

      Try "Scott Wolter Answers: Kensington Runestone OFFICIAL" @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/ScottWolterAnswers/ a group set up by his partner, J. Hutton Pulitzer, for Scott 2 weeks ago.

      Scott has yet to put in an appearance there!!!!! LOL!!!!

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    2. Mindy -https://soundcloud.com/investigatinghistory/america-unearthed-georgia-maya-connection-xplrr-digs-deep-to-share-more-than-tv-shared-with-you

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    3. https://soundcloud.com/investigatinghistory/newly-found-ancient-tombs-facilitate-merging-of-historic-forces

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  26. Going in a different direction Scott, I will miss America Unearthed Season 4 tremendously....any info to tell about a follow-up to Pirates of the Knights Templar series with Barry Clifford?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Unfortunately, there won't be a follow-up season to Pirate Treasure of the Knights Templar. The long and the short of it is the show was too expensive for History so they didn't renew it. I thought we did some great stuff and revealed exciting new information, but alas it wasn't a profitable show for the network.

      Network television is business first and foremost.

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  27. Mr. Wolter,

    If any information is found, the organizations or persons who are the initial discoverers will have the ability to color any information found. Who those people are will give all of us their particular bias on the material. Since that will be the case, who they are and who they are connected to makes all the difference.

    Hopefully open minded persons will be called forth, otherwise we all might be kept in the dark about a monumental piece of human history.


    Dan Uhrich

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  28. You make numbers fit that professors can't do. On to greatest treasure hunt on television yes?

    Nam E'tisoppo

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    1. Anonymous,

      I'm not trying to make anything fit, the evidence either fits or it doesn't. n this case, the evidence fits beyond any chance of a coincidence.

      "Treasure hunt" begs the question, "What is treasure?" To me, knowledge that is worth more than all the silver, gold and jewels in the world.

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  29. in your book, you mention the runes being cleaned or scratched out by Ohman, then Holand. Did they miss any runes that still stayed pristine?

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      That's a really good question and the answer is yes! In fact, imagine a "V" shaped groove which is what nearly all of them are. One of the first things I noticed was the white, fresh appearance of the bottom of the grooves, but the walls on both sides of the grooves were darker and weathered. That weathering is the same as the flaked areas adjacent to the grooves and the entire split side. I wondered why someone would scratch out the runes until I read Winchell’s report where he stated that Ohman had done it to clean out the mud shortly after he discovered it.

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  30. You need to read "Entryway Into Yesteryears" it about God and his young brother Lord Christ. God remove Lord Christ from Heaven, because he want to start his own religion call Christianity. God is Adam father (Adam and Eve) and Lord Christ is father to Jesus. Shari Harris

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  31. The monoistic god as the Christians belongs to has a name which is JHVH, Jahve or Jehova. The Christians god name is not Christ nor Jesus. Jesus has the permit from JHVH to rule for thousand(s) year(s). But that rule has an end. When you see the name Jesus Christ think of it as the abbreviation or name "Jesus on the Cross" that's it. We don't know if Jesus existed for a fact. We don't know if he walked on water. We don't know if he was killed at all and then brought to life It is a good story and from that story we can learn a lot. And from what Jesus might have done is for us to learn.
    We know Kensington Runstone and other artifact exists though.

    Ps. I don't want to offend any persons believe. I respect whatever you believe are. For my self I could believe in god or gods (before the big bang). Jesus tells a good story but others does to. Follow your heart and don't hurt your self or others is what I primarily follow.



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  32. Just a quick comment about Andy White... Your decision to NOT participate is smart and correct. Academics have no real desire to honestly interact with anyone outside their sacred domain. They won't debate facts, they attack the messenger. Just look at how the main skeptical archaeologists piled on Andy White when he wrote that he wanted to send an article to Ancient American. He was sternly and forcefully told to NOT do so by his colleagues. We all know that Colavito is a discredited blogger dealing in hate and deception. Jim Vieira should also bail out, but he apparently thinks he'll be treated fairly. He won't. He'll be held up to ridicule and Colavito will make fun of him and do everything he can to deceive Colavito's small and loud band of fanatics.

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    1. Anonymous,

      Regrettably, I will not be participating as I will not in any way be associated with the debunker. My regret is not having the opportunity to engage open-minded young people who haven't yet been polluted with the dogma of certain elements of academia.

      I don't know Jim Viera and I also believe I would have been treated fairly which I hope will be the case. However, any association with the debunker is an instant deal-killer that can only hurt one's reputation in this arena by any kind of association. Mr. Vieira is a bright guy I'm sure and can make his own decisions. I hope this is one he doesn't regret.

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    2. This all reminds me of the henway.

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    3. What's a henway, you might ask? In this case, about two hundred pounds.

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    4. Scott,

      I am a little puzzled by this comment, On Andy's Blog he clarified that you and the debunker (as you like to call Jason) are speaking on different topics on different dates. So why not go now that you know this information? As you stated you would be able to engage with open-minded students on the KRS. Also the fact that after your cancellation for Andy's class youur partner in the Xplrer product invited Jason and Andy to participate in some type of trial on the KRS. Your reason to cancel Andy's class was due to the association of Jason. So why after that invite him to associate in the trial that you and Pulitzer designed? Just looking for some clarification

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    5. Anonymous,

      The debunker isn’t a legitimate and maintains an attack blog site whose mantra is deception and hate. I was looking forward to this opportunity, but I won’t be present at anything associated with him; period.

      Hutton did not invite the debunker; he said the other side represented by Andy was welcome to present their case. I was unaware that Hutton had invited Andy until reading your comment. Regardless, it’s irrelevant to my decision not to present at the college.

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  33. Scott,
    Hello... I find most of your shows very interesting. Especially the ones on the Knights Tempers. I have watched them many times and every time I do, I pick up on additional information. I really love your research and I have wished that I could have joined you on your adventures. I use to travel to Europe years ago and I wish I would have know about this then. Work paid for all the trips and sometimes I had a day off where I could have went exploring. Anyway... The real reason I am writing is to talk to the people that have to throw knives at every conclusion that people try to make. The older they get, the more they will understand what I am trying to say. Kids in collage and some adults are taught that things are written in stone. Just because your professor or someone you hold in high regard, said something, does not make it true no matter how smart they are. People over the years found things and made wrong conclusions. This is a fact of life, but what they did do is spark an interest in someone else to research the matter (any matter) a little bit more. As we investigate any situation we collect data from people before us, then we make our own conclusions. Since maybe, we did not find all the facts, maybe our conclusions are wrong. But it could inspire someone else to go looking.
    I do not believe everything you state in your shows, but I think it is a remarkable bit of investigating that you have done on your part. I was very sorry to hear that your show was cancelled. I really enjoyed it. Keep up the good work. Ron H.

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    1. Ron,

      The people who throw knives are not honest or people with legitimate concerns. They are haters who, when they can't attack the factual evidence attack me personally to try and undermine my credibility in order to win. It's an age-old tactic that hasn't worked very well for them as facts are stubborn things.

      As far as the show no longer being produced, stay tuned...

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  34. Scott,

    I just finished listening to you and Hutton's podcast on the authenticity of the KRS. It is quite lengthy but I am sure that others will recognize the importance of you being able to discuss in detail the various research methodologies that you pursued with the KRS. I am glad that you pointed out numerous times of your previous collaboration with Henrik Williams and the late Dick Nielsen and how the three of you - in those good years - really broadened the understanding of the KRS. Here's my question: It seems like all the mail has been answered regarding the authenticity of the KRS, so isn't it time to solicit from those who doubt the authenticity the factual evidence they have that supports their case for a forgery? Both sides in a trial have the opportunity to present their evidence...will that happen?

    Here is the link to the podcast: https://historyheretic.org/2016/07/21/hutton-pulitzer-goxplrr-xplrr-j-hutton-pulitzer-jovan-pulitzer-history-heretic-curse-of-oak-island-oak-island-scott-wolter-america-unearthed-history-channel-4/

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    1. Patrick,

      It will never happen because they have no factual evidence to present. However, I welcome anyone to offer up what they think is factual evidence to support a modern origin for the KRS. Many have tried in the past and many are still trying, but as of yet nothing has come forward that has stood up to even minimal scrutiny.

      Bring in on skeptics!

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    2. Seek out the peer reviewed Minnesota Archaeologist Vol. 69 (2010) and read Michael Michlovic's article Geology and the Age of the Kensington Inscription for a more accurate perspective.

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    3. Anonymous,

      Do you really expect us to take the word of a known KRS debunker, and professor of anthropology/archaeology writing a paper about geology seriously? This paper is filled with factual inaccuracies and was apparently written to try and fool people into believing the KRS is modern.

      This post was submitted in response to my comment submitted within the past hour at the end of the following link where I presented irrefutable, factual geological evidence that proves how untenable the conclusion of this paper is: https://scottwolteranswers.blogspot.com/2016/06/kensington-rune-stone-theories-verses.html?showComment=1469577956821#c3686724867296448953

      This paper is silly and you know it; otherwise you would have no hesitation in using your real name.

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  35. It seems the noisemakers are getting louder (they lost). Each of these detractors try to pick out one point to disprove the KS. This is the thinking of who I think are the academics who have no ax left to grind. They have lost and refuse to do one of two things. One - go away or Two - join the other side. They are not going to find the "magic" bullet because as Scott says, there is nothing there. As far as that college class was concerned, I think it was a good idea until they brought in the "non science" people who have contributed ZERO independent research of their own. I have ZERO faith in people who are Monday morning quarterbacks and have never played the game and taken the hits of a 250 lb linebacker for a whole game. They had a chance to play but chose a different approach and have shown they really aren't interested.

    I would think that Scott should require people to provide references and research just as he does. Failure to provide sources or provide NEW information/opinions (OpEd's) gets you kicked off (read - go start your own blog)....

    Bottom line - I think Scott and Pat should start a thread (or something) regarding Ptolemy. I find this just plain fascinating. The original research of Pat is stunning. They required a navigation system for the operation. I am trying to contribute my own little project (Pat knows but hasn't seen it). It was a major operation that required secrecy and organization. If Edward (England) or any of these people had found out about it, hell would have froze over for the St. Clairs.

    Anyway, my thoughts....(read OpEd)...

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  36. Colavito's claim that you stated that you were going to "Rob" Native American graves is clearly libel.

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  37. see his website blog for today

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    1. Hutton is already on it. Thanks for the heads-up; I don't read the debunker blog so I wasn't aware of what he said.

      Let's move on to more productive stuff...

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  38. It is hard to get truth from a stone in other ways that Scott Wolter does it. Thing is the age, then the meaning of the words (and signs). It is like most cases up to your own discretion to judge what to believe or not.

    I suppose we all are interested in the history more or less otherwise we would not be here at Scott's forum. We can read about history, facts and make up storys.
    It can be ark of the covenant, secret passages to gold, mythical persons(Jesus, Moses and others) in the end does it matter for us now and/or the future?
    Imo not really. Sweden will still be mostly atheists and USA I suppose will be believers. The world will still spin another 5 billion years, if we are here or not does not matter.

    I respect Scott Wolter and his work just from the amount of time he spent on it. And even if it does not matter I am still interested in the past.

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  39. I got one of the books you used above. Timothy Hogan's book and I would like to get Kaplan's book also. Lots to read here.

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    1. Dave,

      Kaplan's book is a somewhat dense read, especially if you are not familiar with the Kabbalah. However, it's easy enough understand if you take it in small chunks. At the very least, follow my footnotes to find the relevant parts dealing with the Ritual Code. It's eye-opening to say the least.

      Enjoy your journey to light.

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  40. It also seems to me (the finding of the Qabbalah) the Oak Island mystery is far from over. If the rock layout is the Qabbalah and it is the Freemasonry symbolism (Timothy Hogan) then it would stand to reason to try and identify whether or not the same symbolism is in the Newport Tower and the KS. I just can't get over the feeling that the Newport Tower identifies more landmarks then just the KS. (just a feeling)

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  41. Scott,

    Do you know how the (O with the two dots) Linguists interpret the twin dots as umlauts indicating a specific way of pronouncing the “o” sound is pronounced. Does it sound like how we would pronounce the word (Ah) perchance..

    Dab

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    1. Dab,

      I don't know exactly how they pronounced the "O" with umlauts, but they were clearly added to indicate a specific way to say the "O" sound. Those found on grave slabs on Gotland, and those on the KRS, are believed to have been a Germanic influence. That makes sense since Gotland was in the center of medieval trade by the Hanseatic League of which Germany was the central part.

      Here's a link that tells more: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Hanseatic-League

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  42. Thank you Scott. I was working on a theory that if the "O" was pronounced as we would say "Ah" that sound in itself was said to represent God and creation itself.

    Just to add more confusion to the mix I was looking at the numbers 8 + 22 + 2 = 32 + 1 =33

    This is taken from a book called Numerology and The Divine Triangle written by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker.

    In the foreword by Faith Javane and here I will offer a brief passage;

    "My study of numerology began in the Spring of 1938. I found a teacher of astrology who insisted that before she would accept me as a student, I must study numerology. Her approach to numerology was like none other. She had received it in a unique way, from what she called the inner planes which meant she went outside her body to a mystical school for her instruction. She called this work Kabbalah because it had come to her through her mind and soul rather that from a flesh and blood teacher, or from a book."
    "Kabbalah refers to secret information in symbolic form, whether in a numerical, verbal or hieroglyphic pattern".

    The biblical books of Ezekiel, Enoch and IV Ezra contain mystical revelations of hidden knowledge, including speculation about the mystical import of numbers and letters. The Kabbalist knew how to decode the esoteric messages in the Scriptures".

    "What she revealed we now call the Divine Triangle. It was known in the Pythagorean school as the Life Theorem, and it is now commonly accepted as the proposition that: The square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides."


    "22 is an ancient numerical symbol for a circle, and therefore represents the Alpha and Omega, by which the Lord described Himself in the Bible". page 176

    The number 8 "represents Accumulation, strength, power, augmentation" page 111
    "The only two numbers that can be written over and over without ending are 8 and 0. As such they represent Divine Power" page 146/11

    The number 2: "Hallowed be Thy Name" page 117/9

    Now here Scott I am moving away from the Bible to the Tarot and Key 2 is The High Priestess. Page 128/11

    33 is called the Christ vibration page page 193/13

    The number 1: Tarot is The Magician
    "By his posture, the central figure clearly indicates that he is merely a channel through which the life force flows. The identical ends of his wand graphically represent the axiom (as above, so below). The horizontal figure eight symbolizes the Holy Spirit" "As above, so below; as below, so above" - The Kybalion

    Each number is also assigned a planetary body.

    33 is The Third Decan Leo
    2 is the Moon / Vulcan
    8 is Saturn

    1: Mars and Mercury

    Nothing is ever by chance, there is no such thing as a coincidence and Omnia in numeris sita sunt. This I know for a fact.

    Dab






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  43. Mr. Wolter, I seem to recall a study of the "Hooked X" presented at a conference held at Coshocton in the early 2000's. I wonder if perhaps you may be familiar with it.

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    1. E.P. Grondine,

      I gave that presentation in Coshocton in 2009 for the Midwest Epigraphic Society of which I am a member.

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  44. Hi Scott, I’ve been deeply interested in your work for some time now, you got me hooked(no pun) when I came across an episode of America Unearthed and you were discussing the Templars, freemasons, the feminine and what not, which at that time I had developed an interest, maybe obsession, with. Strangely enough the obsession started after I kept seeing the number 33 everywhere, I mean constantly, it soon became alarming to me but I had no idea what it meant or why I was seeing it. Just for example I could walk into a restaurant and if they handed me a table number card, sure enough it would be 33, or the bus that passed my house everyday would be either 33 or 13. I would point it out to my friends and even they would be perplexed by how often the number would come across our path when they were with me. This might sound strange but I believe the universe was speaking to me because after I began to research and discovered the significance and implications of the number and its associations I stopped seeing it so frequently, like I had received the knowledge the universe wanted me to know or that I was put on an intended path.
    Researching that number brought me to countless fascinating topics, such as the Templars, Masons, Rennes-Le-Chateau, Mary Magdalene, Gothic Architecture (I just received a copy of Mystery of The Cathedrals by Fulcanelli, which I can’t wait to dig into), alchemy, monotheistic-dualism, Gnosticism, and things of that sort. I have always been open minded, which I somewhat attribute to paranormal encounters I and my family have had, and other things like the strange lights I sometimes see in the rural North Dakota night sky, but this number and my research really pried open my mind farther and launched me deep into the world of the esoteric. I started to pick up on symbolism and began to see it everywhere. I was raised Roman Catholic and went to a Catholic School my whole life, so as you can imagine I began seeing it everywhere there.

    That number, 33, and what it lead me to truly changed my life, because of it, and also people like you, I was inspired to become an archaeologist, which I am in the process of pursuing right now at NDSU (Go Bison) in Fargo. So from my student perspective, let me tell you, I completely understand your frustration with academics, especially in fields like archaeology and anthropology. They tell us they don’t know everything and that they are still learning and developing theory, yet then they go around and teach us as if everything is set in stone (no pun) and thoroughly figured out. And they are the first to dismiss, condemn, attack, and character assassinate anyone who comes up with new theories to address new evidence that they either ignore or “debunk”. And they claim to be the “educated ones”, it’s just sickening, at one point it was putting me off so bad I thought about abandoning archaeology, but I decided I wasn’t going to let them ruin what I love, and now I believe one day it will be me and people like you educating them.
    Since my research began I have developed a new dream to travel to France and do research there, I can’t explain it, maybe it’s my Norman ancestry, but for some reason I think a lot of answers are there, or that it’s a focal point of some sort, maybe it’s the mix of Germanic, Latin, and Celtic peoples, their various religions and cultures all coming together there and building upon each other, for example many Catholic Cathedrals there are built on ancient sacred sights and groves formally used by the Celts and pagans. I’m not sure what it is but I feel a calling there, also a little fun fact, France’s dialing code is none other than……wait for it…….yep 33. Go figure. Continued-

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    1. This is crazy talk. Of course the bus that passes your house every day has the same number! And all this didn't lead you to the Bible, where Jesus lives 33 years? Do you drink a lot of Rolling Rock?

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  45. -Continued
    Anyways, just yesterday I pulled up a Fade to Black episode from April 4 when I saw you were the guest, needless to say I savored and digested all the great information you presented, like always, but I became frustrated that you were teasing and holding back some info about your new discovery for the new living expo, luckily and much to my relief that conference had gone and passed and lo and behold here I am, getting the information I wanted. Loved the article, my only question has to do with the final image here, the symbol to the right of the basic hooked X, looks kind of like a hooked asterisk, what is it? I don’t see it on the rune stone and couldn’t figure out how it should be orientated. It looks like someone combined an A, V, and M into a radial formation, but I really can’t tell. I noticed those three letters are made of triangle shapes, I’m sure there’s some significance there again. I will always remember my geometry teacher explaining to us how the triangle is the strongest and sturdiest shape, and the number 3 is sacred across the world, everything comes in 3’s it seems. Also this year, when school starts up again and I’m back in Fargo I plan on making the short trip over to the KRS, I’m really excited about it, is there anything I should take special note of or look out for on it? Thanks so much for your work! From possibly your biggest fan, one state west, keep it up!



    Hayden Stafford in North Dakota
    stafford_10h@msn.com

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    1. Hayden,

      It's great to see your thinking broadened by your research into the Templars and the ancient mysteries. There are many things to look on the KRS, but the only thing I can recommend is to read up on it before you go. Of course I'd recommend my books, but if I had to pick one I'd say read the Hooked X. It covers the KRS basic is a succinct way and then goes in the more esoteric aspects.

      I'd be sure to read my all my blog posts related to the KRS here before seeing it. I have several with subject matter not yet published in my books.

      Enjoy your KRS journey!

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  46. BTW I compiled my entire comment in Microsoft word and transferred it here,now I just looked at the final word count as I was about to close it, 933 words, ugh Scott its happening again.

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  47. Scott,

    You are the Galileo or Copernicus of our day. Had we lived in another time, you would have already been burnt at the stake, as most of your dissenters are simply on a witch hunt. They remain anonymous under their white hoods while ignoring facts, like the systemic missteps and blunders the Smithsonian has made with respects to the Bat Creek Stone.

    "What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right." ~Albert Einstein

    My ancestors were Knights Templar, and I am honored you've taken such an interest in them.
    Regarding your naysayers, take courage, gird up your loins and keep in mind :
    "For a selfish (soulish) man does not perceive spiritual things, for they are madness (foolishness) to him, and he is not able to know, for they are discerned by The Spirit." ~1 Corinthians 2:14
    With respects to the "Peer Review Process" I understand your frustration completely, as these so called "academics" are too arrogant, vain and egotistical to honestly contemplate information which contradicts their long held paradigms. These pompous people are of the same mindset as the archaic types who upheld that the world was flat.

    "But behold, that great and abominable church, the whore of all the earth, must tumble to the earth, great must be the fall thereof." ~2 Nephi 28:18

    Take for example the prohibition of Cannabis (Kaneh Bosm in ancient Hebrew). Modern scientific academia would say, "show us a Peer Review of the science which proves the plant has medicinal properties." Yet the Federal Government has frustrated and obstructed any and all fair attempts to study the plant using the scientific method through enforcement of draconian laws, dissemination of disinformation, propaganda, intimidation and totalitarianism.

    "Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much of fragrant cinnamon and 250 shekels of fragrant khane bosm (kane bos)" ~Exodus 30:23

    Imagine for a moment that "Peer Review" were used in an attempt to authenticate the Bible, Torah or Qur'an. You'd have many Christian apologists who would all confirm the authenticity and infallibility of the Bible, whereas Islamic Scholars would conclude that the Qur'an was authentic. Take also for example, the Jewish Messianic notion that the promised Messiah is still yet to come. The Christian "Peer Review" would conclude that "Jesus was the Messiah" yet Rabbinical Scholars would conclude in Peer Review that Y'Shua was not the prophesied Moshiach.
    "The wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish." ~Isaiah 29:14
    This makes it clear that history is simply written by the winners, and the Smithsonian is still in denial that their world view is crumbling, yet they are fighting tooth and nail to preserve their false paradigm.

    "The human mind is the most deceitful of all things. It is incurable. No one can understand how deceitful it is." ~Jeremiah 17:9

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  48. Regarding "Mormonism" and by that I do not mean LDS dogma; consider that the "Book of Mormon" was extracted (if you will) from the Hill Cumorah, a "mound" by all respects.
    Investigate the Mormon subject matter thoroughly and you will eventually be led to three interesting unresolved points.

    #1. The "Letter of Appointment" refuted Brigham Young's claim as the legal successor to Joseph Smith Jr., Instead of assessing the document honestly when confronted, it was quickly dismissed by Brigham Young as a "fraud/hoax." The letter has never been proven to be a fraud, in fact the more one digs, the more authentic it looks; never-the-less, church authorities have feverishly attempted to suppress this information. This is the same phenomenon we see when the Smithsonian received data that the Bat Creek Stone inscription was actually Paleo-Hebrew, which conflicted with their long-standing world paradigm (agenda).

    #2. James J. Strang was a relative nobody at the time, yet interestingly he was "visited by an angel" at the exact hour of Joseph Smith's martyrdom. Being hundreds of miles away there is no way James Strang could have known that Smith had died, and yet witnesses confirm that James Strang received this ordination/revelation at that exact time, whether you believe in "angels" or not.

    #3. The Voree Plates were unearthed in Wisconsin in 1845 by James J. Strang. Reliable eye witnesses confirmed that the extraction was performed in such a way as to have been impossible for James Strang to have created a forgery.
    While dissenters did everything in their power to discredit James J. Strang through slander and defamation; they buried this information in the hope it would never resurface. To this day the Voree Plates (including the surviving facsimile) and the Letter of Appointment have never been definitively proven to be fraudulent. When one asks a typical Utah Mormon about "Voree," they have never even heard the word.

    There are two phenomenon to consider here regarding social psychology;
    #1. Scotomisation
    #2. A Priori Effect

    "They have hated what God revealed, and thus, He will render worthless their deeds, devoid of all virtue." ~Qur'an 47:9

    Keep up the good work Scott. Your diligence will pay off big time.

    "And now, seeing ye know these things and cannot deny them except ye shall lie, therefore in this ye have sinned, for ye have rejected all these things, notwithstanding so many evidences which ye have received (Letter of Appointment); yea, even ye have received all things, both things in Heaven (Angelic Ordination) and all things which are in the earth (Voree PLATES), as a witness that they are true." ~Helaman 8:24

    David (Atom) CAYMAN

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  49. Hey Scott,
    When me and my parents watched one of the America Unearthed episodes, we got into a debate about the authenticity of the Kensington Runestone, I believe it is authentic, they're skeptical. They threw arguments at me like "Someone could have easily faked it" and "If its a real medieval artifact, then someone could have brought it over in the 1800s". I responded with the arguments that the "weathering shows its very old", and "why would someone bring over a medieval artifact to America in the 1800s and hide it under a tree, and not put it in a museum or historical society. Besides which, it probably takes hundreds of years for tree roots to gnarl around an object and bury it completely under the tree." Anyway, keep up the good work with the runestone.
    Fulgencio

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    1. Fulgencio,

      Not even the most knowledgeable skeptics would ever say the KRS inscription could be easily faked. The Dotted R alone proves it was impossible to fake in the late 1800's. You can assure your parents the Kensington inscription is 100% authentic.

      The weathering put the exclamation point its authenticity.

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    2. And we both know the answer to someone bringing it over in the 1800s, why would the put it under a tree as opposed to a museum. The answers to mysteries have to be logical and make sense.
      Fulgencio

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    3. Scott,

      I find it interesting that the Roseau Stone was found directly north of the KRS. The Roseau Stone was found on the portage between the Roseau River and the Warroad River. This portage at Roseau, MN would be the access from the Red River system to the Rainy River system that connects to Lake Superior. The question of- "Why was the KRS placed in the middle of nowhere in Minnesota" Do you think this stratigic placement of the KRS in its position near Kensington, MN and this important portage directly north at Roseau, MN might be related?

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    4. The KRS was placed on the north-south continental divide in the geographic center of North America. The KRS party was traveling with Native Americans who traveled via the waterways and of course, the portages between them.

      The KRS was a land claim for the entire continent first and foremost.

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    5. Scott,

      The major portage between the Minnesota River system and the Red River system on the north-south continental divide (Gulf of Mexico/Hudson Bay divide) would be the bottom of Lake Traverse on the SD/MN border and a major prehistoric/Native American area.

      page 7

      https://mn.gov/admin/assets/2013-Prehistoric-Village-Cultures-of-Southern-Minnesota_tcm36-187251.pdf

      Why wasn't the KRS placed here?

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    6. Anonymous,

      Perhaps it was to accommodate the long-range alignment with the two keystones in the Newport Tower. We know that alignment is well documented and based on where it was discovered, placing it along a major portage apparently wasn't a priority.

      The intersection of the Newport Tower alignment with the continental divide, and the triangulation of the stone holes appears to the way they planned to relocate it at some point in the future. Obviously, historical events changed and that never happened.

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  50. Scott, what are the plans for America Unearthed? Is there another season in the works? I really enjoy the mysteries.

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    1. Walker,

      America Unearthed is done. However, when one door closes, another door opens somewhere else. That other door is about to open.

      Stay tuned.

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    2. Scott,
      Where does that door open? Travel Channel? Destination America? Or even History channel?

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    3. Bullocks. I couldn't imagine that PBS would entertain your sort of chicanery. Unless of course they were instead exposing you as an unsuspecting fraud in some sort of ruse. Tread lightly old man.

      Cheers,

      Lesley

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    4. Lesley,

      So nice of you to go back on your word of no longer posting on my blog. Your once somewhat balanced input, has quickly devolved into typical debunker name-calling and silly accusations. Of course that’s easy for you to attack and criticize since you have done nothing yourself.

      It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the debunkers hasn’t it? All I can say is buckle up buddy, we have some big bullets coming very soon.

      Might want to look into buying a flak jacket my dear fickle friend…

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    5. Have I somehow missed a sacred vow on my part? I do recall the offense given on your part was for your reluctance to post my mark for your "paper" above. Most unsporting. That was a U if you recall, as your porkie pies will go unrelished by this foil.

      Cheers,

      Lesley

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    6. Lesley,

      Posting your “mark” would be a waste of time as you are in no position to properly evaluate my paper. First, a “mark” has no meaning or relevance unless you list some kind of support for your assessment. Please provide a reasonable and informed analysis of the paper and I’ll consider posting it. Otherwise, why waste everyone’s time with more of your meaningless negativity?

      In other words my good man, bring something of merit and value, and it will not only be posted, but respectfully considered.

      Think you can do that?

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    7. My dear fellow, I had already opined that discourse with you was an impossible feat due to your unrepentant dishonesty in regard to the concept of peer review. Take a peek above at what inspired (Mr. or Ms.) Welch's ire. You claim peer review for your newsletter article to which the editor himself denies. Then, just as a naughty schoolboy might fathom, you alert your readers that Masons will no doubt peruse your numbers schematic, and you are now a Mason yourself, that as they are now your peers, you are in fact peer reviewed. Utterly Fantastic that is and further that you remain unapologetic.

      That you decry academic peer review in one breath and then falsify your language to claim it yourself in another, is why you are doomed to inspiring only miscreants and ignoramuses. Therefore as discourse is ruled out entirely between us, there remains only admonishment on my part as applied to yours.

      You are of course, always welcome to send a pint my way.

      Cheers,

      Lesley

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    8. Lesley,

      Here are the facts:

      1. The “Ritual Code” paper was peer reviewed by an editorial review board of Freemasons and found to have enough merit to be published in the Rocky Mountain Mason. If you have questions about any aspect of the paper please feel free to ask.

      2. You’ve conveniently avoided acknowledging my “Hooked X/Tau Cross” paper was published in the peer reviewed Midwest Epigraphic Society journal. Do you have any questions about that paper?

      3. The academic peer review process has failed to acknowledge the voluminous factual evidence consistent with the authenticity of the KRS, and many other artifacts and sites, that rewrite the historical narrative of North America and beyond. Let’s face it Lesley, the academic peer review process in the humanities disciplines is irreparably broken.

      4. You continue to take no interest in the subject matter at hand and choose to focus only on attacking my credibility. To make matters worse, along with inserting only negative bias in your comments, you are now calling the people who read this blog and take a genuine interest in these topics “miscreants and ignoramuses.” Really Lesley? This behavior is not "pint worthy."

      5. Your negative and accusatory comments continue to reinforce the points I’ve made for years about the failure of the academic peer review process in the relevant humanities disciplines.

      Why don’t you try asking serious questions about the paper and perhaps I could teach you something? I know you have it in you.

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    9. Lesley,

      You failed to take the post seriously trying to submit more dogma and dishonesty. Guess you didn't have it in you after all.

      Cheers!

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  51. Scott, don't give up unearth stuff. There might be "missunderstandings" around the world.

    SVT - our public service company in Sweden tell us that the Viking story might not be as we have been told. I think the tele-show is not translated. But for instance in Iceland (we call it Island close to the english word for...yeah you got it..island) they check the moder DNA and found now that 80 ppl have Indian DNA on the iceland. Not Inuit or Sami but American DNA Indian. And it can only be inherit thru mother (moder) to child-girl to our time.

    So my conclusion and everyone else is that Vikings managed to "steal", "rob" or convince some Indians from America to come to Iceland and then they got (rape or willingly we never know) children and all of them until today got a girl..that's why that special DNA is found at all today.

    So of course Icelandic Vikings (mostly outcast Norwegians, Swedish and Danes)..Iceland is the Australia to the Norse Vikings...only "criminals" go there..went to America. Only 80 persons in the total population today have this native American Indian DNA in them. "We" where there looooong before Columbus. Period.

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  52. Does history change anything? No I don't think so.

    If I was Norse right now..I would take something that was not protected. Maybe Bitcoin or any other company. In the Norse world we appreciated one thing only...Honesty. If "it" can be taken...take it!

    I think of it as not stealing more like if I take it before anyone else destroy it.
    The Vearing Guard in Istanbul has proof of our commitment to the one we serve. We are loyal..Trump mistakes it for weak. We are not weak...opposite.

    We would not hurt America ever...why? No reason at all to hurt America.

    - No-one built cheap furnitures so Ingvar invented IKEA!
    - We need to talk more...Swedes invented Skype!
    - Music for the masses..ABBA
    . Nice phones...NOKIA finish phones for the masses
    . OIL Statoil - Norway, owns most of the world

    Right now is the time to bring more Norse into the world. We can't keep killing each other.
    Religion seems to kill people. Why? In our believe you can't kill because of "one" god.
    Aha you love your god and defend him..I do to...and then we drink! Much better way to handle differences.


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  53. Scott,

    I just finished "Templar Sanctuaries in North America: Sacred Bloodlines and Secret Treasures" by William F. Mann
    Mann believes that there could be treasure in the vincity of the Rocky Mountains.
    As to the; Thomas Jefferson/Lewis and Clark/Louisiana Purchase connection. Where do you think Jefferson found out about the speculative Templar connection to the Rocky Mountains? page 71 of "Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers" Could the speculative connection be found near his home in Charlottesville, Virginia or a Masonic connection from Europe?
    Do you and William Mann have any future road trips to Montana?

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    1. Pasadena,

      I wrote about where Jefferson (and Ben Franklin) learned about the Secret Vault; in France while service as the American ambassador. He was a member of the Lodge of Nine Sisters and a Rosicrucian. The Rosicrucian's are the ideological descendants of the leadership of the Knights Templar/Cistercians (Venus Families.

      I've already been to the location of the Secret Vault in Montana, but you can be sure I will be there again. There are some exciting new discoveries coming that have the potential to blow the lid off this story.

      Stay tuned...

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  54. This waiting for more info on the secret vault is killing me! Lol.

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      There is definitely more going on, but I'm not yet able to share the new information. Trust me that it is going very well and we will make sure we have everything properly documented before we make any announcements.

      Hang in there.

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  55. I'm glad you are noticing that Thomas Jefferson likely knew everything you are researching Scott. Ditto Franklin. Funny how the Franklin name is present with the Beale and Washington plaques at All Saints Maidstone in England and how this echoes the "mystery" of the Bruton Parish Church Vault in Williamsburg. Now another vault in Montana? How exciting. Crazy how the Hill family of Alexandria Minn. was also descendant of Lawrence Washington and how they built that Stonehenge in Washington State. The Hills were also business partners with the Hudson's Bay Company Norman Kittson and Sir Hugh Allan. Sir Allan is directly related to Poe who is related to the Arnold's of Newport Rhode Island. Lots of coincidences there involving the Douglas/Hamilton family between Virginia and Minnesota as well Scott. Just not enough room here to document it all. The family relation between Stephen Douglas the namesake of Douglas County where the KRS is located to the Arnold family is also kind of a grand coincidence. Then there is the Newport Tower replica in western Mass. named for a Stafford descendant of the first windmill builder in the colonies who lived in Newport and worked for the Arnolds. Very curious stuff. I am excited to hear the location of your vault in Montana to see if it is associated with the Great Northern Railroad in any way. Care to share at least which town it is near? Thanks.

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    1. Geomancy,

      Last fall Janet and I visited Bruton Church and walked the cemetery and the Church. One of the tour guides followed us outside and asked us whey we were so interested in the Church and we talked with her about the legend of a secret vault below the original church. She was well aware of the legend and told us about recent excavations that she said didn't find evidence of vault below the foundation perimeter which is still present in the cemetery (See photo added above for the footprint of the original church).

      You appear to have made some interesting ancestral ties to likely Venus Family descendants who no doubt had ancient knowledge passed down through the generations. I get calls from these people almost on a daily basis. I just got off the phone with another one in Oklahoma who called this morning. In any case, what you are calling grand coincidences I don't think are coincidences at all. That there were, and likely still are, people who knew of the existence of the KRS land claim doesn't surprise me in the least. Having that knowledge doesn't mean they had anything to do with its creation as I think you might be intimating.

      As I've said many times, the geological, runological, linguistic, evidence, and the recently rediscovered allegorical aspects of the inscription prove the KRS is a medieval artifact. The facts in this instance outweigh the very interesting speculation of these family names and their connections to the secret history of North America.

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    2. Geomancy,

      In my Aug. 7th blog above, I asked Scott if the speculative Thomas Jefferson/Lewis and Clark connection could have been found near Jefferson's home in Virginia. With the Bruton vault connection-acoording Colin Dyer in his book "Symbolism in Craft Masonry", in 1804 Thomas Jefferson was the last person to examine the contents of this vault. It was rumored the contents were relocated to another location away from Bruton Church. I find it interesting that Jefferson surveyed land throughout the Virginia wilderness and purchased 157 acres of land from King George III of England for 20 shillings. On that land Jefferson built a two-room log cabin, with one room reserved for guests(mostly Masons)
      The Lewis/Clark expedition started at Jefferson's home in Charlottesville, Virginia. With information obtained from Bruton Church or found in the wilds of Virginia- did Jefferson give orders to Capt. Lewis to look for a vault near the source of the Missouri River?

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    3. geomancy, Scott, W. Mann

      Check this spot out in Montana it has all three of your locations in common.

      Lewis & Clark Caverns, MT

      The Lewis and Clark Caverns are what's known as a 'maze cave' to scientists.

      https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC3T80G_lewis-clark-caverns?guid=ae00001f-be9c-4585-b518-7bafc5bbdd80


      Caverns are 10 miles west of 3 Rivers, MT on the Jefferson River (Lewis & Clarks source of Missouri River) and 31 miles south of Crow/Elkhorn Peak. Lewis and Clark came into the area in 1805. Although L&C didn't visit the caverns- they did camp along Antelope Creek on July 31st. Antelope Creek is a tributary of the Jefferson River and it is a few miles from Lewis and Clark Caverns.


      On the same Latitude as the KRS exactly.

      Cave with multiple VAULTS - was something in the NINTH VAULT?

      On James J. Hills Great Northern Railroad property.


      The caverns have been familiar to Native Americans since long before the discovery by Europeans, and they are mentioned in Indian stories.

      Was this the spot L&C/Jefferson were looking for? and treasure moved yet again?

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  56. Pasadena P, would this mean that Lewis & Clark might have already found that vault in the mountains? materials taken, thus moved again?

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  57. Anonymous, Geomancy

    Lewis & Clark/Thomas Jefferson both were very interested in the area of Three Forks, Gallatin County, Montana- the spot historically considered the birthplace or start of the Missouri River. The KRS is on this Latitude and so is the source of the Little Minnesota River- which flows into the Minnesota River/Mississippi River-then onto the Gulf of Mexico.(all three of these locations would be very important to a Land Claim). According to William Mann in his book "Templar Sanctuaries in North America: Sacred Bloodlines and Secret Treasures" the location for the vault in MT is about 30 miles North of this spot at 3 Rivers, MT. Were the contents of the vault in Montana moved yet again? Lets ask Scott - what was in the vault?

    http://fwp.mt.gov/mtoutdoors/HTML/articles/2005/MissouriSource.htm




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    1. Pasadena,

      At this point I think it's best to leave the contents of the vault and what the Templar's brought over to speculation. I have a pretty good idea what the "stuff" was, but I'll let it lay for the moment.

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  58. I am from the upper Midwest and I really enjoy reading everyone's input about the information and theories being presented. Much more entertaining than crap on TV and it piques my interest in doing my own online research on many of the topics and people discussed!

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    1. Anonymous,

      I also enjoy the positive and productive input offered by those posting comments. The possibilities here are new, exciting and likely are closer to the truth than we realize. I'm also glad to hear that you are inspired to do your own research. This is a huge story and the more we have working on it to find the facts the better.

      Wouldn't it be great if debunkers, like our dear friend Lesley, put as much time and energy into helping us as he does trying to debunk anything and everything presented here.

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    2. I keep noting, Scott, your use of the past tense as to what was in the vault...so, was it moved again?

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    3. Liar, liar, pants on fire.

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    4. Anonymous,

      Any chance you could comment with your name?

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    5. Hi Scott, I only posted as Anonymous on the first thread (8/13 at 6:34 pm). Other users are hacking into the thread. I just wanted to post something positive in regards to your research. Keep it up!

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    6. I appreciate the positive comment. It's comments like the one above yours that I only occasionally post so readers to get a taste of the many worthless comments that get submitted by nameless idiots. Valid criticism presented respectfully is welcome. This kind of crap is a waste of everyone's time.

      If you need help comment under your name, just let me know and I'll be happy to help you through it.

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    7. Please link the York Rite Ritual text so we can check your numbers.

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    8. Anonymous,

      Please identify yourself and I'll think about it.

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    9. I found York Rites Mr Scott on bing. You only messed where 9 and 12 go. All rest of numbers good. Treasure Hunt soon yes!

      Nam E'tisoppo

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    10. Nam,

      The 9 p.m. to midnight (12) hours are not part of the sequences of numbers in the ritual. They represent time and the number of lines on the face side (9) plus 3 (hours) lines on the split side to make a total of 12 lines or 12 midnight in the ritual.

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    11. You know I'm a fan Scott, but Nam is right. I found the text with Google and the 9 to 12 is not a small or separate paragraph. It comes right after the 8 and 22 line. I know I'm only an amateur researcher and I'm sure you have a good explanation, but isn't this the right text?

      ---There were employed on the other eight Arches, twenty-two men from Gebal, a city of Phoenicia, together with Ahishar and Adoniram, all of whom were well skilled in the arts and sciences generally, but particularly in sculpture. Their hours of labor were from nine at night till twelve, the time when prying eyes are closed in sleep.---

      ~Wendy

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    12. Wendy,

      I understand, but the first four numbers are associated with people. The 9 + 3 = 12 sentence refers to time and I believe refers to the time to carve and length of the message. To me, it's intended to be separated from the sequence and fits perfected with the lines of text.

      The next number is 'one' represented "Z" and then another 'one,' the numbers of guards remaining after one who fell asleep at his post is killed which coincides with the violence that comes at this point in the inscription.

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    13. The first number is an 8 for the arches isn't it? Not a person. But if you are going to skip around, why not use the 9 and 3 from the next paragraph?

      ---When the ninth Arch was completed, our three Grand Masters deposited therein an exact imitation of the Ark of the Covenant---

      Maybe it is because I'm better at math than history, but the 9 and 3 there seems better than subtracting the 9 from the 12 that follows the 8 and 22. You say the 9 and 12 you use for the lines on the rune stone is from a small paragraph. Is that somewhere else? I could not find a small paragraph with the 9 and 12 other than the line that comes right after the 8 and 22 in the same paragraph. There are a lot of numbers though in the text to choose from.

      ~Wendy

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    14. Wendy,

      You're right, the eight is referring to the number of arches, not people. However, as confusing as this may seem I still see the 9 hours + 3 hours = 12 midnight as referring to the lines of text in the inscription as a separate and it turns out that is where those numbers fit. The paragraph, "Their hours of labor were from nine at night till twelve, the time when prying eyes are closed in sleep," stands alone IMO.

      In any case, that you are confused is understandable. However, if all the numbers are pulled from the ritual, they can all be accounted for in the KRS inscription either directly or symbolically. The other reason this is confusing is because in the ritual, some of the information is delivered theatrically and some through lecture. Therefore, you don’t have all the information.

      That fact that all numbers and allegorical/symbolical info in the Select Master degree just happens to also be accounted for within the KRS inscription itself defies the possibility of coincidence. Especially in the light that either a Templar knight, or more likely a Cistercian monk who authored the inscription were known to be initiated in the Egyptian/Hebrew mysteries.

      I hope I answered your question and not created more questions!

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    15. I am young, but I know how to read. I'm sorry to disagree with you, but ---Their Hours of labor were from nine at night till twelve, the time when prying eyes are closed in sleep--- does NOT stand alone. It is part of a BIG paragraph and is the next sentence after the 8 and 22. I have the FULL version of the text with the theatrical part. All you have to do is google for it. It is really, really long and you can pull about a hundred different numbers from it from all over.

      I think that the 8 and 22 are a coincidence that you want to fit with the rune stone. I found the same numbers together in my father's tax manual and could pick and choose the rest of the numbers from the rune stone if I am allowed to skip around just like you did. I also found 8:22 Bible verses where I could do the same thing with the pages that follow. In math, it is large numbers theory. In pre-psych it is called selective thinking. My summer project is about this now and I thank you for letting me write to you.

      ~Wendy

      p.s. Your show is still fun!


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    16. Wendy,

      There is no need to apologize for disagreeing with me and your point about selective thinking is a good one. First, in our ritual book (General Grand Council Cryptic Masons, Adopted September 24, 1900) the "history" chapter is less than three and half pages; it doesn't go on for pages and pages as you suggest. You are looking at a different document that might not be council approved. Can you send me the link?

      The first four numbers (8, 22, 2, and 1) appear in sequence and add up to 32, then 33, the total number of paths, or emanations, in the Kabbalah Tree of Life which is the origin of the number of degrees in Scottish Rite Masonry. These are documented facts. Further, this numerical sequence is directly connected to ancient Hebrew mysticism, another fact. These facts are not coincidence and I would hope you can acknowledge that?

      For me, the first five lines of the KRS inscription that include these four numbers, in sequence, serves as a stand alone "paragraph" intentionally done by the author/carver. It is here in the ritual book the 9 + 3 = 12 sentence comes in that also stands alone as a separate paragraph in our ritual book. I'm surprised you don't see the parallels of the hours of work to the lines of KRS text? It's not just the total number of lines, it's how they are divided up. Here again, the numbers 3, 9 and 12 hold huge symbolic significance in the Hebrew/Egyptian/Freemasonic mysteries. You have chosen to not accept these numbers represent a separate set, when it is clear to me they do. We'll have to disagree on this point.

      As for me being selective the rest of the way, there is no doubt I was looking hard to see if the remaining numbers, 1 (guard left), 10 (commandments in the Ark Z found), 10 (Sefirot or spheres in the Tree of Life, or 10 commandments in the second Ark) and 14 (the number associated with Resurrection) fit into the sequence. I went looking for them and they were there. It's analogous to proposing a thesis and then testing it. Granted, one can say they represent something else, but you can't simply dismiss it. You also have to establish burden of proof to support you thesis which you have not done. I wouldn't have proposed this controversial theory unless the data was there. My interpretation of this numerical data could very will be wrong, but to dismiss the entire thesis with so many inter-connecting pieces, which includes the confirmation of the important numbers 8, 10, 14 and 22 within the KRS inscription and the Torah, is a mistake.

      Again, I may not have everything right. However, there are too many numbers and aspects of Hebrew/Egyptian mysticism that connect beautifully in the Ritual Code to be dismissed under the banner of 'selective thinking.' I would caution you in being "selective" yourself (a little pun intended) in drawing final conclusions.

      Best of luck with your summer project and for prompting me to re-examine this. It helps me refine my arguments and look critically at the parts that are admittedly murky. It's all good!

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  59. Brother, Companion,& Sir Knight Welcome to the fraternity! I have seen you on TV for years. Having first seen you on the History channel about this subject I was a fan ever since. My name is Bro. Wes Ruder of LaGrange Lodge #770 AF&AM Grand Lodge of IL, Scottish Rite Mason(32) and Sir Knight of Mizpah Commandery #53. I am also LDS (so my interests in this subject goes deep, and please pay no attention to my google name/pro pic). With your knowledge in Masonic and Templar history, I had wondered if you had thought of becoming a Freemason, and I read here you have. As a fan of your work I just wanted to say Congratulations and Welcome.

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      Thank you for the kind fraternal greeting. I look forward to meeting you soon.

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    2. Hello Scott... This is Jeff in Leflore County, Oklahoma (home of Heavener Rune Stone & Spiro Mounds). I haven't read any of your books, but I enjoy your TV shows. I hope you do some more. I like learning about legends of American History, buried treasure, KGC, Freemasons (I hope to be one soon), and ancient cultures. There is a lot of history in this part of the world, and I hope you are able to expand on it. I'm curious as to what your have up your sleeve? I'm sure it will be good. By the way, all the haters on here can go pound sand. Best wishes to you Scott. - Jeff

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    3. Jeff,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, and good luck with your Masonic journey. I think you'll find it very rewarding.

      We have a lot up our sleeve at the moment and will share each piece at the appropriate time. I can promise you it will be worth the wait.

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  60. Bro. Scott, What you have here is nothing less than 100% amazing! I do have somethings you may find interesting. I was able to follow the numbers in the Select Mater Degree to a point. This is because in the IL ritual book “One of King Solomon’s particular friends, whose name was Zerubbabel, discovered that there was secret work going on…” this out take is't in the IL ritual book. Zerubbabel's name in IL is Zabud, and he is not punished but is given Ahishar's duty's and title. The punishment given to Zerubbabel described is part of the obligation at the alter in IL. I was under the assumption that in the York Rite, the rituals where the same in all states. I am now wondering if what we have here, in IL, is corrupted (the ritual, we know the state is, lol) compared to MN. Your friend Bro John Freeburg, could he possibly shed some light on why they differ? I myself want to know why they are different and will be asking those I know why? but I thought this may(or may not) help you in your research and more than likely, masonic education. In this paper, reference [9] when I click on it, it doesn't take me to the reference itself. Could you tell me which is the correct one? I'm very interested in the "Yud Heh Vav" pronunciation in the quoted reference. Native American culture may have a connection to freemasonry and or ancient Hebrew rituals being brought here to America.

    Wes

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    1. Bro Wes,

      Sorry for the late reply. I'm sure there are differences in the ritual in various states here in the U.S, and likely, around the world. Perhaps we need to look at the coded and allegorical information within the KRS inscription as a glimpse into the past of this particular ritual which I'm sure has changed over the course of 650-plus years. To me, that is one of the most important aspects of this discovery; how much things might have changed within Masonic ritual and how much hasn't.

      I'm hoping this will serve as a springboard for both Masonic and non-Masonic researchers to better understand this incredible artifact and the people who created it.

      I highly recommend you buy Kaplan's book; it was an eye-opener for sure.

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    2. Thank you, I will be looking for that book. If I have any future questions may I email you?

      Wes

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    3. Wes,

      Of course you can email me any time. However, if it's a question you think the readers of the blog would benefit from feel free to post your questions here.

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  61. Scott, we made it up to see the KRS for the fist time. It's fun to see it finally after reading and following your research on it , thank you for all the hard work. We also made it up to the Upper peninsula to Copper harbor to look at the ship and bear glyph. Didn't have as much time to explore as I would like it's going to take a trip to study the area there's a lot to explore. We did find some other interesting things in the area, everything from graffiti dated 44 and other rock carvings that are of interest. We lost found possible mooring points carved into the rocks. I have a lot of pictures not sure how to add them to your blog. Thanks again for the journey
    Dave

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  62. Scott -- I need help translating an 8 letter entry greeting to an antebellum Anglais-Chinois Louisiana garden that may have a Freemason & Napoleonic link. There's 3 partial letters & pieces of other letters remaining. It's likely French, Latin, or a combo, or something I can't conceive. I have conceptual sketches. Could you view a few photos & push me in the right direction?
    Glenn Falgoust
    St. Amant, La
    falgou@aol.com

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  63. Glenn,

    Probably best to send to my email: swolter@amengtest.com

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  64. Scott,

    Two things: typically peer-reviewed journals don't tell the author who the reviewers. So that's a ding against you, if it's not anonymous, or if you choose the reviewers, it's no longer peer review. Secondly, using "14 days, 14 degrees, makes sense to me" as an argument that people in 1362 could measure longitude is beyond ridiculous. Riddle me this: how did they measure longitude without a reliable and portable clock? Can't be done.

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    1. Americanegro,

      Please stop framing the discussion about what is and what isn't legitimate peer review. If the world tried to revolve around your definition nothing could ever get done in the professional world and has apparently led to the complete academic mess we have with regard to the Kensington Rune Stone. Your "blind peer review only" failed miserably so perhaps it isn't the only way to ensure proper scientific method is conducted. Knowing one or all of the reviewers of a particular work doesn't mean the review won't be done properly or objectively. Sorry, but I couldn't disagree more with you.

      Riddle me this: besides using eclipses and other time-keeping mechanisms using the astronomical observations, they likely had other ways to calculate longitude even if it was only an approximation.

      That you dismiss out of hand the likelihood these pre-Columbian travelers could determine longitude or have other ways of keeping time (like the sun) makes you look rather arrogant and close-minded don't you think?

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    2. The historical record contains examples of accurate longitude determination by using the lunar eclipse method. Yes, some longitude measurements using this method were inaccurate. Scribe mistakes, the varying array of number conventions, and the multitude of prime meridians (Arabic, Ptolemaic, and other) likewise created their own set of issues which resulted in inaccuracies. The link below is to an interesting paper discussing longitude. While some of the values are inaccurate, the Pisa to Bourdeaux & Pisa to Angers longitude difference calculates to 8' of error. The Pisa to Toledo longitude difference was 30 minutes. Accurate time keeping, along with coordination between the observation locations, was vital for measurement accuracy. Note footnote 20 on the last page: "Locus eclipsis pridie ydus post meredem hore 9 minuta 31 secunda 21ad meridiem citiatis Winton" which roughly translates to "Eclipse place after yesterday ydus merida hour 9 minute 31 second 21 in the south city Winchester." Notwithstanding the terrible translation, note that the time measurement was in hours, minutes, and seconds. The footnote then goes on to discuss whether the eclipse date was 1169, 1228, or 1236 A.D. Enjoy the article.

      http://cimagl.saxo.ku.dk/download/73/73North13-20.pdf

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    3. Patrick,

      Thanks for the link. It appears the ancients indeed could calculate longitude even if it wasn't the level of accuracy we have today. It apparently served their navigation purposes well enough that by medieval times it was accurate and reliable enough to carve into stone.

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  65. Hello to everybody from Italy
    Sorry for my mistakes in english but about KRS there are only two solutions

    First :it is a fake/hoax/prank and so ckose the case and stop
    Second : it true but in this case you should solve my followings doubts and for this reason I have copied light ky adjusted and then pasted a earlier post

    1. I am not an expert in the history of Transatlantic crossings or anything, but I didn't think that back in 1362 it was just something to do for a weeks vacation as an easy cruise. It was probably dangerous and scary as hell. It's not like those ships were motorized, so one wrong gust of wind and oops--you aren't going to where you planned to.

    2. Unless I am completely mistaken about what type of boats these guys were cruising in, the boats were not huge cargo vessels. Dudes had to be traveling light -- hoping to stop off and get stuff as they needed it from known outposts along the way or by collecting stuff by stopping for a bit.

    3. From the Atlantic Ocean to Minnesota is freaking far -- like 3000 kilometers away from the Atlantic ocean cost to MN. Surviving even to native attacks

    4. I am not saying Steps #1-3 couldn't have happened. These guys were probably pretty bad dudes and maybe could have pulled it off -- and it no doubt would have been a feat/achievement for them. It's at Step #5 where it starts sounding unreal

    5. So after beating the odds and surviving Steps #1-3, one said badass stops and thinks: "Yeah, we just you know blazed through unknown territory and might be running low and supplies find food water and maybe want to start thinking about turning around." To that another guy says, "Nah, lets find a 200lb rock, and waste some time carving a message that nobody will really understand (unless they are a member of a secret society that has not been formed yet, and even so, only to the people who are furthest vesting in said secret society that hasn't been formed yet) as a land claim."

    6. After spending all of that time exploring and carving stones, said Norsement retreat back to their homelands, carefully covering their tracks along the way so that evidence of said travel would be lost to history, and then never telling anyone about it again.

    In sum, it just sounds very unreal-- and really, even if I got some of the above wrong, does it make any more sense not matter what details are plugged in?

    Please do not refuse the answer as done in a earlier post " yes sound stupid"
    Greetings from Milan,Italy

    Edoardo

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    1. Edoardo,

      First, welcome to the blog and your English is just fine. Let me try to briefly answer your questions:

      First, you are quite correct the KRS is either a hoax or it is a genuine medieval artifact. The scientific testing and balanced investigations to date have generated voluminous factual evidence, in multiple disciplines, that are consistent with a medieval origin. There is no factual evidence to support a hoax. In fact, no person in the late 19th Century could possibly have carved an inscription of this complexity and length. Keep in mind that fakes fall apart quickly upon close inspection. The real stuff keeps hanging around like the KRS has after over 118 years of attacks by academics that continue to this day; it’s real and you can take that to the bank.

      1. First, it’s been accepted the Vikings made it to North America multiple times circa 1000. If they could make it then, the Scottish and Basque sailors could, and did, many times under the guise of “fishing.” It was absolutely dangerous and they lost ships and men many times. However, the mission to establish a new sanctuary in North America was worth the risk.

      2. They traveled in groups of 5-8 ships carrying between 20-45 men. Some stayed and the rest came back. Some traveled back and forth multiple times.

      3. The Templars shared a similar ideology and intermarried with Native Americans. This point was critical and absolutely necessary. Native elders with the Wampanoag Tribe in Rhode Island have told me directly they would have killed the strangers that came here unless they had a wampum, or pass, to step on land. They didn’t fight their way to Minnesota, they traveled with their native “blood brothers.”

      5. They weren’t running low on supplies traveling with the native brethren. The Templars were part of a secret society that was ideologically opposed to the Roman Catholic Church and the monarchs of Europe. These Templars placed the land claim in the center of the continent that would eventually be exersized by their ideological descendants, the Freemasons. That sanctuary is what we now call the United States of America.

      6. Many stayed, took wives and assimilated with natives and some returned to continue the long-range mission.

      Look at the history of the Templars and the 18 ships who “disappeared” from La Rochelle the night before the put-down in 1307. Historians are fools if they think that was the end of it. In fact, it was only the beginning...

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    2. just reading both of your logics, here. Question- if buried for a land claim- and done well after the Templars would have had a need to be secret- for a land claim, you need something to claim it... no one, not even a somewhat later Templar, nor a much later freemason found the stone... nor does it seem that they were looking for it at all-why? a man that found it, found it by mistake as Ohman was neither a mason, nor a Templar. Even Lewis/Clark were a long ways away from this site.

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    3. Edoardo (I'm assuming this is you),

      The land claim WAS exercised by the ideological descendants of the Templars via the American Revolution and the founding of the United States. They completed the mission without the need to exercise of the KRS land claim.

      The long-range medial alignment to the KRS of the Newport Tower keystones, together the later alignments with more modern monuments and sites discussed by people like Cort Lindahl and others, shows a continuous thread of knowledge about the KRS land claiming mission within a very exclusive group of Venus Family Freemasons over the course of at least 500 years.

      By Lewis and Clark's time the country was well established and the KRS land claim "proof" was no longer needed. The Templar "money" treasure of gold and silver had already been retrieved and likely used to finance the American Revolution. Lewis' mission as directed by Thomas Jefferson was to ensure the sacred relicts, documents, and remains portion of the Templar treasure, that had been moved west earlier, was still being safely guarded by the native tribes in the Rockies.

      One doesn't have to agree with this thesis, but it makes sense and is consistent with the known historical facts.

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  66. “It apparently served their navigation purposes well enough that by medieval times it was accurate and reliable enough to carve into stone.”

    And carve it on stones they did.

    Two geographical coordinate sets on the Spirit Pond Rune Stones and one set, thus far, on the Kensington Rune Stone. They used Ptolemaic conventions where longitude is first (west) followed by latitude (north). For the SPR, it was your work on the Arced-X symbol on the Map Stone that created a linkage to astrolabe navigation, which then lead to the identification of the Newfoundland-Nova Scotia (NF-NS) Prime Meridian (PM) found on/within the 1427 Map of the North (Nancy Map), Vienna Codex, & Nancy Text (all with unquestioned provenances), which then established the reference meridian to compute where the 40 (minute) and 12 degree west longitudes dropped onto the landscape (both values are plotted using Right Ascension (RA) values of time from the NF-NS PM) .

    Richard Nielsen’s work on the Golden Number Date Code, which established the date on the SPR to be 1401/1402, was another significant piece of the overall puzzle.

    The KRS geo coordinates are contained in the first two sentences of the inscription – which are populated with geographic or geographic-related words and phrases: “8”, “22”, “journey” [infers movement], “from Vinland” [east of KRS location], “to the WEST” [cardinal heading, matches Ptolemaic convention of longitude value first], “journey” [infers movement], and NORTH [cardinal heading, matches Ptolemaic convention of latitude value second]. It reads as a travelogue – from one place to another. Travel is from point to point. The end point is where the KRS was found – and the inscription informs us of where it could be found.

    It also tells us where the beginning, in both geographical and symbolical terms, could be found.

    The KRS reference meridian passes through Alexandria, Egypt, located 8 hours and 22 minutes of longitude to the east of the KRS. Ptolemy’s observatory was there in Alexandria and, thus, that was the zero meridian from which he assigned the celestial longitudes for the 1000+ stars within his star catalogue. His Almagest and Geography treatises, two works that historians pronounce were catalysts for jump-starting European Medieval Era science and discovery, were written there in Alexandria. All geographical coordinates need a starting point – and the KRS starting point is a significant one.

    The latitude coordinate for the KRS is a combination of an 8-22 number reversal (8 Götalanders and 22 Northmen) plus the ecliptic value for the year 1362.

    There are secondary aspects to the geographical coordinate solutions which time stamp the KRS to the medieval era (default astrolabe ecliptic value, Ptolemy Climes and parallels based on the Almagest Time of Day values, and other items).

    In working the geographic coordinates on both the KRS and SPR, we worked from the end result (location) forward through the navigation methodology. The SPR solution was very simple once we found the NF-NS PM and were able to find evidence of its existence prior to it being co-opted post-1492 by Spain and Portugal via their agreement, not the Pope’s, position of the Line of Demarcation of the Treaty of Tordesillas. The KRS solution was likewise straightforward, but given the very deliberate construct of the inscription, it suggested a possibility that the 8-22 number sequence might have an additional reason other than just a longitude/latitude positioning. I looked, but just could never find anything that answered that investigative thread.

    Your KRS Ritual Code answers the question “Why the 8-22 sequence?”

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  67. continued...

    No one has ever questioned the numbers or cardinal headings on the KRS or SPR. They looked and felt like geographical coordinates, even Erik Wahlgren – a staunch rune stone debunker – could see the SPR Inscription Stone coordinate set, but he and others just couldn’t piece it together. I would venture that if Wahlgren and others had Scott’s discovery of the Arced-X meaning of the number 40, Google Earth, and the Internet, one or more of them would have figured the geographical coordinate scheme out well before I proposed them.

    The numbers, their sequence, the cardinal headings, the context by which they are found in the inscriptions, and their sequential arrangements – all hidden in plain sight on the stones.

    We have two North American rune stones, both with geographical coordinates that are based on the Ptolemaic geographical construct, yet each have very distinct and different geographical information formulations and each referenced to a different Prime Meridian.

    Scott’s Arced-X on the SPR Map Stone and Richard Nielsen’s Golden Number Date Code on the Inscription Stone were the keys that unlocked the SPR first - then the KRS followed.

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    1. Patrick, how does the Naragansett stone fit into your work?, as it, too, has the hooked X? Can you fit this, also?

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    2. Patrick,

      This is all really good stuff. So many in the past, with both the KRS and the Spirit Pond Inscription Stone, were (and still are) driven only to dismiss them when all along they contained historical gold! You are now mining new gold from these stones that is shedding new light on their scientific navigational complexity.

      For those who don't know, Richard Nielsen passed away in early July and despite our differences in the past several years, I mourn the man I knew from 2000-2006. He was a diligent researcher who worked tirelessly on detailed research into medieval diploma's the Scandinavian scholars were too lazy to take on. It was mind-numbing work that eventually yielded the linguistic details found on the KRS the scholars for over a century said never existed. He deserves a lot of credit for that and for his extensive research on the Spirit Pond and Heavener Rune Stones that along with the KRS he knew were 100% authentic. Don't be fooled by the misleading papers he wrote based on erroneous data his last few years. Dick always knew the KRS was genuine and in 2006, was convinced by the Arced X on the Spirit Pond Map Stone they were genuine too. It's too bad he won't live to see the new evidence come forth that will prove he was right all along.

      Keep working Pat; we need another sharp mind to replace the one we lost. Next man up!

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  68. I looked at the Narragansett Rune Stone early on, but it only appears to have one possible number on it, and that character is subject to a fair amount of varying opinions. In contrast,the KRS and SPR geographic coordinates are complete sets of longitude and latitude. It was great and successful effort on the part of many folks to ensure that the Narragansett Rune Stone was preserved.

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    1. does that mean that not all runestones will not fit your theory?

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    2. Anonymous,

      When you say "all rune stones" that's a bit confusing. The Heavener, Noman's Land Island and Millwood Rune Stones do not appear to be connected to Pat's thesis. What I think we can say is the five North American rune stones that have the Hooked X are connected to the medieval Templar/Venus Families. It's the Narragansett Rune Stone that needs more study to fully understand it's meaning and purpose. Until we have more information we must preserve and protect it.

      I'll let Pat answer the question since I think it was directed to him.

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    3. what was the name of the stone found in the bay opposite the NPT with runes? has that been factored in?

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    4. Anonymous,

      That is the Narragansett Rune Stone and yes that has been considered.

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    5. what was the name of the stone that has the latin phrase in runes in the same area?

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    6. Anonymous,

      That's the "In Hoc Signo Vinces" inscription.

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  69. Anonymous,

    You posed a great question. I apologize for the delay in replying (no blogging at work!) and I thank Scott for stepping in. Not all rune stones have geographical coordinate sets on them, only the KRS and SPR.

    The SPR Inscription Stone is very specific in terms of context and convention: “12:REISE:VEST:12:NOR:10” (12:Traveled:WEST:12:NORTH:10). The SPR Map Stone contains the Arced-X symbol for 40 and a tallymark for 44. It wasn’t that folks couldn’t see the obvious pattern that suggested geographical coordinates, it’s that the numeric values didn’t map to anything obvious.

    The KRS inscription is: “Eight Götalanders and 22 Northmen on (this?) acquisition journey from Vinland far to the WEST. We had a camp by two (shelters?) one day's journey NORTH from this stone” (Nielsen & Williams, 2010). A similar pattern of cardinal headings sequenced by WEST and NORTH and a series of numbers. The longitude coordinate was right in the inscription, as the numbers 8 and 22 were followed by WEST. But what values of measure do we place on the 8 and 22?

    The breakthrough came one afternoon when I clicked by mistake on the “Sky” view on Google Earth. What are these numbers? I stuck a push pin at the KRS site and then went west 8 hours and 22 minutes of Right Ascension (celestial longitude) – welcome to the middle of the Pacific Ocean!

    Our eastern journey dropped us right there in Alexandria, Egypt, the location of Ptolemy’s observatory and an ancient Prime Meridian.

    There’s more to the story, but it started with an observation, a simple hypothesis, a lot of work to find the correct model to test with, and then more push pins in Google Earth than you can imagine. The beauty of testing the geographical coordinates is either they plot within a reasonable margin of error, or they don’t (the latter case effectively being the null hypothesis – that no relationship exists).

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  70. Scott,

    Excellent blog post...a lot of details to digest.

    Question. In your research/travels...do you have any insight into the Knights Templar, Founding Fathers, & the ancient architecture (aka "the mounds") of America?

    Btw...Minnesota is not just land of 10,000 lakes...also land of 10,000(+) "mounds"...

    v/r

    JJ

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    1. JJ,

      The best book out there that deals with subject matter related to the Venus families (Templars/Cistercians/Founding Fathers, etc.)is my wife Janet, and Alan Butler's recent book, "America: Nation of the Goddess." Perhaps the most important discovery they present is that out Founding Fathers laid out our capitol city using an ancient unit of measurement that can be replicated with extreme accuracy throughout time using the planet Venus called the, "Megalithic Yard."

      Ancient megalithic structures like Stonehenge in England and Newgrange in Ireland were constructed using this unit of measurement that was secretly passed down through millennia to our Founding Fathers.

      They have more coming on this subject matter in their next book so stay tuned.

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  71. the question that I can't quite understand your answers on, is why go through the work to put a message on a stone, put it in the middle of your claim- then never after using it for a claim nor a marker- and the ones who would be the beneficiaries of such claim- never went to find it, use it?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Once our country (New Jerusalem) was established after the American Revolution there was no need to prove the earlier, centuries old land claim. It became irrelevant since the "Hooked X" symbol of Venus Fammilies who made the claim, realized as time went on any legitimate land claim had to be specific to a recognized nation. During the 16th thru 18th centuries there was doubt about who would end up with the bulk of the land in North America. The French, Dutch, Spanish, and English all were staking claim in the New World with each trying to out-maneuver each other for land and it's resources.

      I'm of the personal belief that Pierre La Verendrye and his sons were sent in the early 18th Century to update the KRS land claim of the west by burying lead plaques for France. These served to secure the land containing the Secret Vault with the sacred treasures less than a century later, Thomas Jefferson, would purchase from Napoleon. In the end, the Venus Families who founded the Templars/Cistercian in the 12th Century, placed the land claim in the 14th Century, eventually completed the plan in the late 18th Century.

      Why they never went to recover the KRS land claim is unknown. It could be due to war, plagues, and the destruction of documents through fire and looting, possibly during the French Revolution in Paris, secret records of the KRS medieval land claim were lost.

      We may never know...

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    2. LaVerendrye's plates, then, would also fall into using a land claim, not found till much later when no possible connection can be made, that is one loose end that you need to examine farther. Why would LaVerendrye secure land with a Secret Vault--what was in it then? What reference can you give for the sacred treasures Jefferson bought from Napoleon?

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  72. Great stuff, but! Is there an actual Secret Vault? And when is there going to info published on it? Any timeline?

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    1. Brandon,

      Yes, I believe there is a Secret Vault out west and you can read more about it in Bill Mann's new book, "Templar Sanctuaries in North America: Sacred Bloodlines and Secret Treasures."

      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1620555271/ref=pd_cp_0_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=EV1JW4KMRZREFTAEFRZE

      Stay tuned for more info on the ground.

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  73. Scott, just finishing your latest book I finally found at the KRS museum. The X and M symbology in medieval art, does being a mason bring more knowledge to it? I do understand that it is all part of the the sacred geometry and "proper proportions. " the real question I have is where this knowledge was lost or did it just go behind closed doors?

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