Whilst agreeing that dowsing is unlikely to locate archaeological sites I can
testify to two members of my family's skills.
Watched youngest son aged 11 whilst holding two bits of wire clothes hanger
standing on the seashore.....wires crossed as water ran over his feet and
opened as water receded. Since then he says that he does not need the wire he
can feel a tingling in the palms of outstretched hands. In spite of
encouragement he refuses to be interested in analysing his reactions.
Having persuaded my wife to hold a forked hazel twig lightly between her
forefingers and thumbs I was amazed to watch the "tail" of the stick bend
upwards and the bark to twist helically until it split, she screamed: dropped
the stick and has never tried since. In both cases I have no doubt that they
had no intention of the activity happening. Neither I, nor my second much
more sensitive son can get any result at all.
On a totally different vein........elm has been used for centuries for
coffins and boat bottoms because it does not rot in water.