Saturday, April 8, 2017

Correction Needed In Zena Halpern's New Templar Book

On page 218 of Zena Halpern's new book about her decade-long research about a secret Templar document titled, The Templar Mission to Oak Island and Beyond, there are two mistakes that directly involve me that need to be corrected.  Beneath the photograph of what the author calls a "Paleo-Hebrew Carving" she wrote the following, "Geologist Scott Wolter tested the rock at a university laboratory and concluded, based on the weathering, that this carving was at least "many centuries old.""

First, the stone was not examined in a university laboratory, it was examined in my materials forensic laboratory at American Petrographic Services, Inc., in St. Paul Minnesota, in 2006.  This error is minor compared to the second error that deals with her reporting of my conclusion.  I did not conclude the weathering of the inscription on this stone was "many centuries old" because I was unable to make such a statement based on the results of the analysis I performed.  In fact, on page three of my report titled, The Catskill Mountains Inscription, that was published in the Epigraphic Society of Occasional Papers (ESOP), Volume 25, I concluded the following, "It is quite clear that the inscription was carved into fresh rock below the weathered surface and those surfaces have since weathered. That weathering profile appears less developed than the original weathered surface indicating that the inscription is younger. The age of the weathering is unclear. However, it appears that the weathering of the inscription has taken many years to develop."

Let me be clear that the weathering of the inscription could, in fact, be many centuries old.  However, without a properly documented provenance of where this stone was discovered and the specific environmental conditions it was exposed to I cannot say with any certainty how old the weathering of carved grooves are.

The inscribed stone from the Catskill Mountains in the state of New York has six clearly visible characters carved into the surface and has approximate dimensions of 9 1/2” (237 mm) x 2 ¾” (69 mm) x 1 1/8” (28 mm) thick.

A small piece was cut off the stone and a thin section was made for microscopic review.

A thin section of the greywacke was reviewed and is comprised of mostly sub-angular to sub-rounded greywacke comprised of quartz, feldspar, lithic fragments with a fine-grained matrix of sericite and minor opaque minerals (cross polarized light 40X).

The average depth of the carved lines in the inscription is 1.5 mm.  The inscription was carved through the 0.5 mm thick previously existing weathered surface into fresh rock (10X).

A clearly defined, light colored weathering profile was observed at the surface to a depth of 0.5 mm (30X).

49 comments:

  1. But you have no problem with the unverified hearsay, inaccurate historical knowledge base and foolish assumptions that make up the rest of the "work"?

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    1. Anonymous,

      First, you have no idea what my opinion is regarding the book since I haven’t finished reading it. I’m also confident you haven’t read it at all; hence the lack of specifics as usual. You have one opportunity here to list specifics you disagree with or you are done. I have repeatedly warned you about unsupported blatantly negative comments yet you continue. This is the definition of being a “troll.”

      Go back to the basement, be an adult, and try again.

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    2. You want specifics in regard to unverified hearsay, an inaccurate historical knowledge base and foolish assumptions? Well, start with Zena's title. It's all there.

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    3. Anonymous,

      Criticizing the title of her book is not providing specifics. Try again.

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    4. Mr Wolter
      Seeking a way to contact you and this seems to be it.
      I was hiking in the back country Utah side of the grand canyon with my son. We found a rock carved pyramid appx. 6ft tall.
      Repeated attempts to contact Brigham young university and NAU have gone unanswered and I have tried contacting a few Podcast programs of alternative viewpoint for leads of who would be interested in this find, with no luck.
      I look forward to speaking with you

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    5. Daniel,

      Can you send me some photos to look at? If so, send to this email: swolter@amengtest.com

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  2. Scott,
    Your blog post was concise, factual, and was much appreciated. Your clarification, supported by photographic records, makes it clear that your examined the stone using scientific methodology. This work, similar to what you did with the Westford Boat Stone (and perhaps others), is not readily accessible. I know that you mentioned that this work was published in ESOP, but that publication only has limited online availability. Have you considered, perhaps, publishing some of your previous work in a forum such as Academia dot edu so that it could be more accessible?

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    1. Pat,

      I didn't submit that paper to ESOP; Zena did. I've intentionally kept anything related to Zena's research quiet for the past 10 years because of her demand for secrecy. She wanted things kept very quiet and I tried to honor that.

      At some point I'll take a look at getting my papers published on other sites. Your suggestion is a good one.

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  3. You did come out with the framework of Zena's story in your own book, first, correct?

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    1. Anonymous,

      Yes, I did write about what I thought were the most compelling aspects of the story and about our hikes on Hunter Mountain. I still find the presence of the Hooked X on the Nova Scotia map, the title page of the C-Doc, and now on the “Roche Code Page” very interesting. This is because the association of the Hooked X being connected to the Knights Templar/Cistercians wasn’t made public until I published my Hooked X book in 2009. The question is how did they get there?

      There is no doubt there are many red flags in Zena’s research, most notably the connection she tries to make to Oak Island that simply isn’t there, but there are some good things that demand further investigation. IMHO with the evidence presented in this book, there isn't enough factual evidence to conclude one way or the other if the Templar Document stories are fact or fiction IMHO.

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    2. can you elaborate on the 'Roche Code Page'?- original page or copy?

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    3. Anonymous,

      The first time I ever saw that page was yesterday when I read about it in the book. The Hooked X is interesting, but I know nothing about the code or whether it's legitimate or not.

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  4. Scott,
    What do we know about the Venus families during the time period between the death of Mary Magdalene and the formation of the Cistercians? I know they practiced dualism and the worshiped the goddess and Mary Magdalene, but where did they live? What civilization were they apart of? What was a Venus family member's daily life like? What more information do you know about them during this time period between MM's death and the rise of the Cistercians? Another important question is what archaeological evidence is there of the Venus families?

    Alfonso

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    1. Alfonso,

      To learn more about the Venus Families I suggest you read Alan Butler's books and the book he and my wife, Janet, wrote that was published in December of 2005. It's a complicated web of interactions and long range planning by bloodline families primarily located in what is not the region of Southern France.

      Arguably the most important Venus Family member connected to the Cistercians is Bernard de Clairvaux. He is a fascinating study. I would start there.

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  5. As usual, the cautious way is best until all is known. I would think, though, the same process of verifying this artifact is the same as the KS. --- If the weathering is older then the first recorded time of "known" history", then it is genuine unless, of course, we can identify the Native American tribe that knew about carving "letters" into stone that are recognizable. Your conclusion on the KS was, if memory serves me right, was "in access" of 200 years. This stone need only be 1 day older prior to "discovery"....

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    1. David,

      Nobody would like to say that inscription was centuries old more than me, but I simply cannot unless I have a factual basis to do it. Zena made an innocent mistake, we have discussed it, and she agreed it needs to be fixed in the next printing. It's all good with her and I.

      My concern is there are some who might challenge the statement and use the lack of supporting evidence to attack the artifact as we routinely see by dishonest trolls who frequent this blog and elsewhere. Rarely are those attacks based on a sincere desire to seek truth, but in this case it would have been an issue and something they would pounce on.

      We have now taken away that opportunity.

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  6. Scott, I really appreciate you and your work.
    Karen CS

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    1. Karen,

      Thank you; all I can say is I'm trying my best to do things right. So far, it seems to be working out.

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  7. Mr. Hutton, who states he works with you and has said that you and he have had discussions with Ms. Halpern, has said that Ms. Halpern is confined to her home and terminal, is this how you found her to be?

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  8. Anonymous,

    Hutton was commenting based on a private conversation he had with Zena so you’d have to ask them about it. I don’t feel it is my place to discuss Ms. Halpern’s personal health issues in a public forum.

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  9. Hello Scott,

    Is the name of the KRS carver Nicholas?

    This first crossed my mind after asking about Sir Humphrey Dennison, and you mentioned possibly one day knowing the name of the carver. I figured you already had someone in mind.

    Best regards,

    Anthony Warren

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    1. Anthony,

      That day isn't here yet, but stay tuned. As much as I'd like to I can't go into details at the moment.

      Sorry about that.

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  10. Scott,

    I'm not trying to steal your thunder. I've been rereading some of my old books with new eyes. I find it interesting, most of the important facts and details are often mentioned in passing. When reading about a monk traveling the new world with 8 Norsemen from 1360-64...It's not hard to put 2 and 2 together.

    Can't wait to talk,

    Anthony Warren

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    1. Anthony,

      No offense taken at all and you're right about making that logical connection. However, I recall in that instance the monk returned to Norway and reported on his voyage to the Western Lands.

      In our case, the party didn't return as their mission was to establish a "settlement" and then assimilate with the indigenous people.

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  11. "In our case, the party didn't return as their mission was to establish a "settlement" and then assimilate with the indigenous people."

    There is absolutely no evidence to back up this incredibly absurd claim. Not even the rock itself reveals such idiocy.

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    1. Anonymous Harold,

      What part of “Acquisition business/taking up land” is too difficult for you to understand? And doesn’t logic demand that if the KRS party didn’t return to Europe, that assimilation would be obvious? Of course it would.

      As far as evidence to support the claims; stay tuned my close-minded friend. You will be eating a healthy dose of crow very soon. Get ready.

      And why is it that you have to hide in the shadows? You can come out; we know it’s you. Or does your conscience bother you?

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  12. Quoting Lynyrd Skynyrd? BAZINGA!

    How utterly wrong you are in every endeavor you undertake while you trespass through history. You should realize that history will treat you solely as a fraud, if you're not forgotten in entirety.

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    1. Anonymous,

      At least you got the Skynyrd reference right. First time for everything.

      Expressing negative opinions and calling me names doesn’t further the discussion. Bring something, anything other than blatant and boring over-the-top negativity. Please Harold.

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  13. Who used the crest of David. Found this on one of the stones today. Is this a Template or another order? Do you still have the lab? I would love to see how old this stuff is.

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  14. The last time I saw and spoke to you on site in New Ross, I told you the real treasure hunt just started. This site has everything you been looking for and because of your GREED you will kick your self in the axx when you see what we plan to go public with. Den

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    1. Denny,

      Last I checked it was you who calls yourself a “treasure hunter”; not me. I sincerely hope you prove me and everyone else wrong by finding the Templar treasure the brothers on Oak Island cannot.

      Good luck.

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  15. Sinclair told me you were selling the movie and book and film rights to our site as we were filming. You were on the phone a lot. when I asked you about it , you said you snooze you loose and walked away laughing. Then I said there was to be no digging at this site under my permit, and you hired a backhoe to dig. That's when we turned the radar picture around and drilled at the wrong spot at the well. I paid for the drilling rig so we had control of it. Soon we will be doing a dig that will go world wide in news. Have a good day

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    1. Denny,

      What Steve was likely talking about was the movie we had already made that premiered in 2009, "Holy Grail in America." I’m sure you’ve seen it on History Channel as they play it all the time. At this point, I have zero interest in the New Ross site, nor would I have any filming rights to it anyway. Other than that I have no idea what you are talking about.

      Good luck with your new venture.

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  16. Happy Ishtar/Easter Scott,

    Before we were rudely interrupted, I was going to mention the name Haakon and the resulting name of adding Aten.

    I get the impression there were two parties involved from 1360-64, one being a diversion and still working in concert to achieve their goal.

    Anthony Warren

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    1. Anthony,

      As in Akhenaten perhaps?

      We're pretty sure there was only one party operating here at that time who started from Norway in 1358. They knew they weren't coming back, but as we've seen with the long range alignments in the Newport Tower, they left a breadcrumb trail to where the KRS was located so their comrades could relocate it if ever necessary.

      Apparently, it wasn't necessary as the job was eventually successfully completed.

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  17. Scott,
    You are always a fountain of information. Have you considered offering your services to the Lagina brothers in Oak Island? I believe you would add even more credibility to the show. Btw, I miss America Unearthed and believe the so-called "History" Channel needs more intelligent programming.

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    1. Moses,

      There is no reason to "help" the brothers since there is nothing on the island to find. What was once there was recovered centuries ago. It's akin to Gilligan's Island now.

      History Channel does have a credibility problem, but it has much to do about the audience they pander to. Keep in mind it's a business and truth and reality are great, but they have shareholders that need to be answered to. Very nice people there, but they are running a for profit business.

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  18. Scott,

    The Hooked X is used for A on the KRS as we all know. I'm curious as to why they didn't use it for the A in AVM? I'm sure the answer is obvious, but it's not coming to me lol.

    Neil

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    1. Neil,

      That's a very good question. Clearly the carver wanted to convey a different message with the Latin "AVM" verses the runes and other secret symbols used within the inscription. As I've stated before, I have seen medieval rune stones in Sweden with both Latin letters and runes although they are rare. On the KRS, I have argued the "AVM" was carved to secretly convey reverence for the sacred feminine. In this case, I suspect it was Mary Magdalene who was vitally important to the Templars.

      The use of the Hooked X, twenty-two times, for the letter "a" within the text was another intentional deviation from the standard runic symbol to convey a secret meaning. That meaning was a symbolic expression of their true faith of Monotheistic Dualism, and of their reverence for their human ancestor, the biblical Jesus/Yeshua. "We were fishing one day..." is also a coded reference to the "Fisher King" in whose name the land claim was made.

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    2. Hello Scott,

      I find the AE explanation for the "Hooked X" interesting, due to many names of old English monarchs, begin with the letters AE.

      There are three very intriguing vines which seem to connect England to ancient Egypt, and Turkey. Astronomy, the English language itself, and steel. I cringe every time I hear, "English is a slave language" or, "English is a modern invention". From what I understand, the language of ancient Hittite empire in Turkey was English. The words "bread" and "water" have not changed in over 4,000 years, other than the alphabet used. Hittite Turkey is where we also find the oldest example of steel. I've read where a tool containing steel was found within the masonry of the Great Pyramid. It was apparently attributed to later invaders and discarded. This kind of thinking also led to fossils found in ancient Greek temples being tossed as well. If it doesn't fit, throw it away! Luckily, no one threw away the KRS.

      I'll expound further on the Ancient Egypt thinking after, I aquire, and read your Akhenaten book.

      Best regards,

      Anthony Warren

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    3. Anthony,

      I think my "Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers" book is required reading as I present several new discoveries that provide additional context to the KRS and other artifacts. I sing all books purchased off www.hookedx.com, but if you don't care about that you can save a few bucks on Amazon.

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  19. Scott,

    Does the "acquisition business/taking up land" have anything to do with strenghtening familial ties of a previously usurped English monarchy/priesthood hiding out/ assimilating in America for a long period of time?

    Anthony Warren





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    1. Anthony,

      I don't know if there are any familial ties to certain Templar/Venus Families, but I would not rule it out. There's so much we don't know about what happened in North America prior to "Chris" it's impossible to say with any certainty right now.

      The fact it is a land claim is important enough and that alone changes the history of the founding of this country pushing the beginning back centuries from what is commonly believed now.

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  20. Due to these errors in Halpern's research and writing, you will no longer cite her as a competent source?

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    1. Anonymous,

      No, I will not cite anything associated with the errors in her work. However, I won’t throw the baby out with the bathwater as you apparently seem prepared to do. There is plenty of good material in her work that if found to be credible, myself and others, may to cite.

      Just because people makes mistakes doesn’t mean everything they do is worthless. Surely you see the folly in such a position?

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  21. Interpreting "many years" as meaning "many centuries" would be a deal breaker for me, having no skin in the game. Certainly if Henrik Williams had made the same error, you'd be doing a podcast over it demanding a retraction for each and every disagreement you have with him. He wouldn't, of course. Proper peer review tends to avoid such embarrassment.

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    1. This comment makes no sense. Zena made a mistake, I corrected it and we’ve both moved on. I don’t do podcasts, but if Williams made a mistake, I’d bring it to his attention as I have done previously. However, instead of fixing the errors he and Nielsen made with regard to the KRS, he continues to ignore the situation leaving himself vulnerable to criticism. Proper peer review in that case, and his taking heed of the suggestions, could have avoided the huge credibility problem he now has.

      Unfortunately, these changes were intentional and justified by the “3D study” Williams and Jensen have ownership to and continue to refuse to make available to anyone. And you think this is top notch scholarship huh…?

      You're trolling is getting annoying.

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    2. You said earlier there are many "red flags" in Zena's research, but producing a copy of a copy of a copy of a supposed map that you think proves Templar's were in North America in 1179 isn't one of them?

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    3. The 'red flags' pertain to the 1914 Prison Break story and the Oak Island nonsense; both should have been left out and she should focused on the document. However, there is a very good possibility it is a copy (of a copy of a copy whichever it is) of a Twelfth Century document and is something that needs to be looked at very carefully.

      You are far too quick to discard anything that supports what you don’t want to believe which is the antithesis of science. While at the same time you criticize and attack me, and anyone else, for not being scientific. Hypocritical at least and fraudulent as worst. Further, posting comments as “Anonymous” shows a lack of integrity.

      I think there’s a very good chance this document is a copy of an authentic document and will articulate the evidence to support why in my new book. I don’t need to prove pre-Columbian Templars came to North America, the Kensington, Spirit Pond, Narragansett Rune Stones and the Newport Tower have already done that. What is so important about this deposition document is it provides important previously unknown details of the knights activities, ideology, interaction with various native tribes that confirm their oral traditions and much more.

      An objective scientist would be excited about this potentially exciting new information which deep down I know you are. Especially since it’s only the beginning… ;-)

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