However the iron fittings in the boats did not burn. In consequence the convenient excuse that nothing remains does not hold true in these circumstances. If the Mora is situated in the centre of Monkham inlet, as I believe to be true, evidence must exist at that site, because the boat must contain iron and possibly bronze parts. Those parts will exist as a signature in the soil, even if the molecules have long since migrated to be replaced by phosphates.
I therefore decided that an exploratory archaeological investigation was in order to establish whether there was any scientific validity in this claim, or whether the dowsing was scientific “hogwash”. I conducted an elementary surface clearance, removing the top six to nine inches of soil. Immediately a pattern appeared, which bore no relation to any other subject that I had ever seen.
The picture above shows what I have called boat parts for the Mora, since this is what I dowsed for. The image that was revealed in the soil after two weeks of very slow clearance was of no assistance to me, other than to prove to me that something from ancient history is there. The parts are metal in origin, but now completely replaced, making handling or removal impossible. They consisted of struts, flanges and overlapping sections which clearly could be anything nautical or otherwise. Needless to say expert evaluation is required. I believe it possible that the image above is connected with the rear of the boat and may have been fixed to the stern.
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