In the second hour, the hosts presses Wolter on the supernatural, and a clearly uncomfortable Wolter says that he feels that rocks give off magnetic and ionic properties that can create strange feelings. He says that ancient people were able to “detect” gravitational anomalies when they came to the New World. Wolter also rues that America Unearthed forced him to investigate Bigfoot over his objections. He vowed years ago that he would not become a Bigfoot hunter, he said. “Obviously, I’m concerned about my credibility. … Bigfoot was a potential credibility-killer.” (Insert your own joke here.) When asked about his dream investigations for future episodes of America Unearthed, Wolter says that he hopes to investigate more about the Kensington Rune Stone and the Talpiot Tomb (the alleged Jesus tomb advocated by filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici). Wolter says that he knows secrets about the tomb that will “blow your mind” and which he wants to “reveal to the world,” but only when he can film in the tomb. (So much for wanting to get the truth out at any cost!) He also hopes to help “the folks up at Oak Island,” but he ruled out a crossover with Curse of Oak Island. (His show and that one are produced by rival production companies, Committee Films and Prometheus Entertainment respectively.)
If you read Scott Wolter’s blog post this week, you likely saw Wolter’s explanation for the obelisk alignment he presented on Saturday in the most recent episode of America Unearthed. On the show, Wolter alleged that three obelisks in New York City form a symbolic depiction of Orion’s belt stars and that this therefore represented a continuation of ancient Egyptian religious rites via the Freemasons. What is amazing is that Wolter admits that neither he nor the production team expended resources trying to confirm the alleged alignment before putting it on the air.
In fact, it literally unfolded as we were filming the episode as we originally thought the alignment of the three obelisk location's formed a straight line. Janet wasn't so sure about the slight bend in the line, and thought there had to be more. She worked with our good friend Alan Butler who helped her understand what turned out to be astronomical clues.
As I showed in my review, the so-called alignment does not map correctly onto the stars of Orion’s belt:
All of these claims emerge from efforts to apply Robert Bauval’s ideas in other contexts. Bauval, writing in 1994, had argued that “the pattern of Orion's Belt seen on the 'west' of the Milky Way matches, with uncanny precision, the pattern and alignments of the three Giza pyramids!” That claim did not survive the 1990s, though fringe writers routinely fail to remember how Bauval has quietly revised and walked back his claims little by little over the past twenty years.
In defending his Orion Correlation Theory, Bauval admitted in 2000 that there was no exact alignment, only a “symbolic” alignment, dependent on how much you believe the Egyptians wanted to map stars on the ground. We are left with only with Bauval’s flailing defense of his own theory when its “precise” correlation had been roundly debunked:
… if we give these two images to a 'scientist' who does not take into account symbolic, intuitive or sentimental motives, he or she will just compare the two 'maps' and see if there is a precise match. The answer must be no, there isn't. As the author John Gordon pointed out to me, such approach is an example of the misusing science. Because in such cases a scientist can say, with hand on heart, that something is 'wrong' when, in fact, it is right.
So why is it that the ancient engineers—or in the case of the New York Freemasons, modern ones—are willing to spend centuries building monuments to Orion but failed to correctly align their buildings, obelisks, and cities to the stars of Orion?
Despite these challenges, Wolter asserts that a secret group of Freemasons were behind such alignments and have kept them secret for centuries. “Obviously, a certain group of Freemasons knew about the Orion alignment in Manhattan which m[e]ans it's been known for a long time by a very select group that knew how to keep a secret!”
I don’t think it’s very obvious at all. The obelisks don’t align with Orion and were erected over 150 years, making it highly unlikely that they were purposely aligned to Orion. Even if they were, there isn’t any reason to suggest that the alignment dates back to Egypt since Victorians were more than capable of surveying. That the alignment is imperfect is pretty good evidence that the Freemasons were not purposely trying for it, or else they were very bad at their jobs.