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Postby Dan Wilson » Tue May 17, 2005 1:09 pm

I hate being asked to dowse tunnels which are only rumoured to be there. I'm in the middle of an exchange with a gentleman the previous owner of whose house said his mother remembered a flight of steps going down to a subterranean door in the garden. The church is next door. This declivity had been filled in for safety before he'd bought the house.

Archeo dowsing isn't my forte other than dating things. I had my fingers burnt when on a disused slate mine investigation in Snowdonia I boldly said that one more chamber than the 1926 plan showed was down there. If I'd thought about it I might have been more cautious as the mine closed when its longish access tunnel collapsed in 1928, and a chamber may take 20 years to be opened out fully. An exploration gang got in through a blocked adit (level tunnel) and my chamber wasn't there, though a 60-foot access tunnel to it which would have been the start, not shown on the plan, was. I'd picked up the intention only. The team leader said it just showed, dowsing was bunk.

Later I was invited to "lurk", in forum terms, on a Channel 4 Time Team dig of a "fogou" (say "foogoo"), a prehistoric underground temple or hidey-hole in Cornwall. Hamish Miller was there and declared a local legend of a tunnel to it to be based on fact. I demurred and was sidelined as a killjoy. The host's lawn was comprehensively dug up to a depth which would have revealed such a tunnel, to reveal nothing so exciting. These experiences have left me inclined to rubbish all tunnel stories, on principle.

The present job, to my displeasure, has indicated a real but badly-built 18th-century tunnel which fell in within 25 years. All the "yesses" are weak ones. I hate it ! I sketched in the route on a tracing of the OS map of the town, along with the buried steps and the original terminal structures which I said were like slab-topped graves at both ends, entered by ladder. I felt the tunnel had been built for smuggling stuff into the church crypt, which had been sealed up in 1900 or thereabouts.

Feedback from client: he is certain my steps are in the right place (how can he be when he never saw them ?), both his garden and the churchyard are chockablock with anonymous slab-topped graves, the town was a hotbed of smuggling at the time I nominated (1780) and the vicar knows of no crypt but then the church was comprehensively rebuilt starting in 1897.

I have the feeling I am unwittingly a tool in the client's rabid wish to find a tunnel. Let us hope his willpower is strong enough to generate a real one. Mine is not.
Dan Wilson

Dowse then dig

Postby Neil Crosby » Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:55 am

Here in Anglesey we are about to spend a weekend dowsing and digging for tunnels. We have access to a property where there is rumour of a tunnel. The Anglesey Society of Dowsers has dowsed and found evidence of a tunnel and is going to spend Saturday 31st March dowsing the site with members of the Archaeological Special Interest Group.
On Sunday 1st April we have a mini-digger, picks and shovels and a member of the local archaeological society.
If anyone wishes to take part, please contact me.
We trust we shall have better experiences than you have had. Don't give up, it does work!
There is a £15 fee to take part to cover costs - mini-diggers don't come free!

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Dowsing Tunnels

Postby SussexJim » Sat Nov 24, 2007 3:14 pm

For those [beginner dowsers] who discover finding a 'tunnel' problematic .... have you tried dowsing over sewer man-hole covers where there are accessible hollows? [ on pavements...we dont want car-flattened dowsers]

Alternatively, if you have a good solid, victorian brick built arched bridge, the arch also reacts as a 'tunnel' or cavity, so that you may accurately measure your sensitivity to the leading edge of the hollow space.

Both methods allow for ease of checking - providing you have a man-hole cover key, of course!!!

Depthing may also be readily checked.
...however, dowse first, then measure... otherwise you may prejudice results.
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Re: Tunnels

Postby Old Bob » Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:14 am

Re the mistakes, I am sure certain some people who have the mind ability subconsciusly interfere with dowsers and one needs to work alone for best results. I try to only have people with me who I know don't tune in (for lack of a better way of explaining) Tunnels have been easy for me, but not little things like lost ear rings.
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