I had high hopes for the America Unearthed series, but I have to say that I have been under-whelmed by a good portion of the episodes. The final episode was among those.
Part of the problem is tying every episode to pre-Columbian exploration of American, particularly by Templars. If the show widened that base, they could open the door on a lot of great mysteries for the audience chew on: Lost Dutchman Mine, Lost Padres Mine, Cabeza de Baca and Esteban, and many more. Someone please refer Scott to my blog.
Researching my third book, Seekers of the Scroll, I read a lot about the Templars. Much that we believe, having heard the “experts” discuss over and over, has little proof behind it.
It works like this: Expert A reads an ancient record that says Robert the Bruce was losing the Battle of Bannockburn, then onto the field came a cavalry with a banner and the English fled. That cavalry just had to be the Templars. Experts B and C quote A, make a few more assumptions, like the Templars just had to have found gold or religious documents under Solomon’s Temple. On and on, so if you read book after book, then you’ll see it over and over, and think it must be true, all the experts are saying it—but they are all quoting each other or exactly the same document and drawing exactly the same conclusion when many other possibilities exist.
Wolter points to the hooked X as proof of Templar presence. Unfortunately he also shows that it is connected to the Masons. I say it is unfortunate, because if the hooked X died with the Templars, then it’s presence would indicate Templar involvement, at best, or fraud, at worst. But since it has been passed down through time from Templar to Mason, it could have been created by Masons, even in relatively modern times.
There is no doubt that the Masons are strongly associated with the Templars, either through a self-manufactured mythology or by fact. In fact, young men being groomed to be Masons, are inducted into the de Molays. De Molay was the last Templar Grand Master.
Lomas and Knight have written a fairly well documented series of books on the “Hiram Key” demonstrating the mythology of Masons from the days of Solomon’s Temple, through the Templars, and on the present. Baigent and Leigh offer The Temple and the Lodge and cover much of the same material.
Could the Templars have come to America? I guess they did; Columbus sailed under the Templar flag.
Before then? I believe it is highly possible. We know that the Vikings came around 1000. The Vikings also settled in Normandy. William the Conqueror was Norman, a grandson of a Viking, as was his opponent, Harold of England. The tradition of America could have been passed by royal Viking blood line into the French and English royalty.
The Basques were competing with the Vikings for the fisheries of the Atlantic Ocean and could have discovered America. The information could have been passed into France through the court of Aquitaine to Richard the Lion-Hearted, who was said to have had a strong relationship with the Templars. In short, I would think it unlikely that Normans and other descendents of Vikings did not know about America.
However, living quarters need to be found in association with the inscriptions and towers that Scott believes were left by the Templars. When the broken mugs, plates, and corroded forks are pulled out of the ground, then I will believe that the Templars were there.
This is the last blog for about six weeks. It’s fun writing it, I’m getting a lot of page loads from visitors, but this is not my main thing. I want to spend time on my series of novels.
Thanks for visiting.