I’m sure you’ll all be excited to learn that a few tidbits about the “mysteries” for the next season of America Unearthed have accidentally leaked out of the media blackout H2 and Committee Films has imposed. You’ll recall that a few weeks ago actor Paul Cram published some on set photographs from America Unearthed showing him as John Surratt, and within hours of me writing about the photographs on my blog, Cram’s entire blog post and all mention of John Surratt in connection with the second season of America Unearthed vanished. I do not have any evidence that the events are connected, but it is a remarkable coincidence and one entirely in keeping with the known policy of H2 and Committee Films to vigorously control their intellectual property.
Earlier this summer freelance casting director Kati Batchelder put out a casting call for America Unearthed, and the document, now available on Minnesota Film and Television’s website, provides a description of several historical “mysteries” the show planned to investigate with reenactments by non-union actors. Batchelder heavily emphasized that the actors must be non-union, and she suggested that where possible actors bring their own costumes. Let’s take a look at them one by one, and then we can sigh about how many are pointing toward still more Templar-Freemason-Holy Bloodline conspiracies.
Duck Hunting 1914
This one I am not able to divine. The description states that a mayor and his friend are duck hunting in 1914, but no other information is provided. The production code is “AZT,” which suggests Arizona but could mean many other things. However, a separate report states that America Unearthed was also filming at Meteor Crater in Arizona to examine the impact of meteoric metals on world history. The Holsinger Meteorite, the biggest fragment of the asteroid that caused Meteor Crater, was discovered by Steven Holsinger around this time, so I wonder if this reenactment has something to do with meteoric iron. Update: In the comments below, you will see a very good case for the production code referring to Aztalan state park in Wisconsin, where Native burial mounds have been found. Sadly, it is also the subject of Kensington Rune Stone research, with Alice Beck Kehoe arguing that the Norse who made the rune stone were the red-haired giants of Wisconsin myth and had invaded and conquered Native settlements there.
Ark of the Covenant
You’ll recall the weird offhand comment Scott Wolter and Steve St. Clair made during the “Holy Grail” season finale of season one in which they raised the question of whether Henry Sinclair, the earl of Orkney who made an imaginary voyage to America, inherited the Ark of the Covenant from the Knights Templar and buried it in America. This year Scott Wolter is going in search of the Ark of the Covenant right here in North America. The episode will dramatize the moment when Uzzah touched the Ark of the Covenant and Yahweh struck him dead (1 Chronicles 13:10). This surely sounds like the show plans to explore whether the Ark was a piece of high technology. Graham Hancock, for example, used the story of Uzzah to support his belief in The Sign and the Seal (1992) that the Ark was “a powerful machine” representing high technology from a lost civilization. Of course, Wolter will ask where Henry Sinclair and/or the Templars hid it in North America.
Egyptians in Illinois
This episode will dramatize the alleged discoveries of Orville Lowery of Marion County, Illinois. In 1925, while digging rocks in the family garden, Lowery’s daughter allegedly found a hole that her farmer father determined was “ancient.” Lowery tried unsuccessfully to interest archaeologists in the hole, and he apparently expressed bitterness that academics didn’t want to excavate his farmland. Less well known than the hoax Burrows Cave, also in Illinois, the Lowery Cave is allegedly the resting place of Alexander the Great and possessed of supposedly “untold billions” of dollars worth of artifacts, which mainstream archaeologists have determined are not genuine Greco-Roman material. I’m not sure of the exact relationship between the Burrows and Lowery Caves; alternative sources disagree on whether the two are part of the same cave system or are unrelated caves. But here’s the fun part: The Lowery Cave and its associated Illinois caves of various provenance are famous in ancient astronaut circles for the carvings of astronauts pulled from them. Do you think Wolter will acknowledge the “alien” artifacts? Here’s one of an alleged alien, as seen on Before It's News.
I guessed correctly. The casting notice confirms that the show plans to explore Surratt’s connection to the Knights of the Golden Circle, its supposed Templar plot to kill Lincoln, and its lost Confederate treasure.
Archaeologist Looking for White People
There isn’t enough information for me to guess who this would be, but it’s another case of looking for (sigh) a lost group of white people who ruled over the Native Americans. This time we’re looking for an archaeologist in the 1980s who sought to prove white people were here before Columbus. It’s too early to refer to Kennewick Man or Dennis Sanford’s Solutrean hypothesis and bit too late for George Carter, since the archaeologist is described as being in his 30s in the 1980s, so I’m not sure who it would be. The casting director was also looking for a racially ambiguous actor to play a dead body for the Native Americans to “drag” across the ground, presumably the “European” body the 1980s “academic” investigates.
Hey, we’re getting away from white people in North America for change! This time we’re in Hawaii to explore the myth of the Menehune. These are dwarves who live in Hawaiian caves and feast on bananas; they allegedly were responsible for Hawaii’s ancient temples and roads. There are two primary scholarly theories about them: First, that they represent a mythologized remnant population from the Marquesas later oppressed by the newly-arrived Tahitians, who called them “commoners” or manahune; second, that they are a post-Contact myth adapted from British “brownies,” similar to hobgoblins. Folklorists cannot find references to the Menehune in pre-Contact folklore or myth. I’d bet, though, that Wolter will try to tie these dwarves to the Homo floresiensis found in Indonesia as “proof” that tiny magic dwarves are real.
The New World Order
Back to white people. This episode will look at R. C. Christian and the “Georgia Guidestones,” which were previously examined on Brad Meltzer’s Decoded for evidence of prophecy, and also in a 2008 Alex Jones documentary. These stones date only to 1980 and are therefore of no interest to me. The rocks demand that world population be controlled and that humans live in balance with nature and according to scientific principles; therefore, conspiracy theorists see them as a population control program by the New World Order based on an ancient program put in place by the Rosicrucians—who, of course, are also part of the Templar-Freemason-Holy Bloodline conspiracy. This is more or less the territory from Dan Brown’s Inferno, and we know that Dan Brown is a favorite author of the America Unearthed set.
We already know all about this episode.
Was George Washington a member of a “secret society”? Well, he was a Freemason. Isn’t that enough? He’s also been visited by aliens and dedicated America to God to prepare for the End Times. What more can Wolter add to this? Pierre L’Enfant—that’s what. We know from media reports that America Unearthed filmed in downtown Washington and that they were scouting for Masonic symbolism in the city; therefore, this looks like another retread of a Decoded episode about the secret Masonic-Templar-Holy Bloodline symbolism in the nation’s capital.
What I have always wondered is why, if alternative types are so worried about the Freemasons infiltrating government and business to manipulate at will, they do not join the Freemasons, infiltrate them from the inside, and redirect their power toward making the world a better place? Could it be because doing so would expose the fact that the Freemasons are not all-powerful? Could it be because doing so would end the lucrative business in Freemason conspiracy literature?
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