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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

WORTHY OF SCIENTIFIC APPROVAL? EXAMINING THE ACCURACY AND VALIDITY OF DOWSING ROD TECHNIQUES**

Abstract

Science or Pseudoscience? Sometimes referred to as Divination Rods or Witching Sticks, Dowsing Rods have been used throughout many centuries to locate various lost items both underground as well as underwater. Regarded as highly controversial now, dowsing was considered an occult practice and has had fluctuating periods of acceptance academically and professionally. Furthermore, dowsing today is rejected as an occupational tool used by most archaeologists. However, in recent years, there have been some archaeologists who have become advocates for this practice and will use it to aid in excavation. The study seeks to answer the questions: in an archaeological setting, how accurate are Dowsing Rods in locating both material and skeletal archaeological remains? Who is and is not using this practice today? And what are the controversies behind this practice? The goal of this research is to investigate the accuracy and validity of dowsing rod techniques, uncover who is still using this practice today, and consider the controversies behind the practice. In order to accomplish these goals, interviews will be conducted to investigate who is and who is not using this practice, field research will be used to explore the accuracy behind this practice, and observational studies will be conducted to examine the controversies. It is expected that this study will contribute to the scientific claims concerning dowsing rods.

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