America Unearthed goes to find Vikings with me in Baja California!

Oct 2014
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California
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TUE MAY 28, 2019: Travel Channel: Season 4 Premiere Episode 'America Unearthed' goes to Baja!


FORENSIC GEOLOGIST SCOTT WOLTER EXCAVATES AMERICA’S LOST HISTORY IN NEW SEASON OF ‘AMERICA UNEARTHED’ ON TRAVEL CHANNEL PREMIERING TUESDAY, MAY 28 AT 10 P.M. ET/PT


NEW YORK (April 30, 2019) – For decades, Scott Wolter has honed his skills in the sciences looking for historical answers within the natural world. Now, he continues his quest for the truth on Travel Channel in the new season of “America Unearthed,” premiering Tuesday, May 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. In the 10-episode one-hour series, Wolter explores some of America’s deepest secrets, digging up mysteries that have been hidden until now. Using his background as a forensic geologist and teaming up with eyewitnesses and other experts in their respective fields, Wolter is determined to find new evidence and ultimately the proof that’s been buried in time suggesting history isn’t what we’ve been told.

“Every day, science finds something new,” said Wolter. “We find new species, discover previously unknown societies and learn that the world isn’t quite what we thought. There has never been a better time to use science to solve the mysteries of history.”

In the premiere episode, “Vikings in the Desert,” premiering Tuesday, May 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Wolter receives a call about alleged Viking artifacts found in the Arizona desert. Using state-of-the-art XRF (X-ray fluorescence) identification technology and insight from a Viking historian, Wolter starts his search in the southwestern desert. From there, new leads take him to California to excavate a supposed buried Viking ship that might have once sailed America’s vast inland sea and to Mexico to examine a petroglyph depicting what could be Viking travelers. The episode produces some unexpected results and opens the door to further expeditions into where the Vikings went and why.

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In this first episode of the new season for America Unearthed, Committee Films has me as a guest hosts/ guide for the third region that Scott Wolter and the film crew visit.

From the first part of the show, Scott examines a Viking artifact discovered near Sedona Arizona. Then, they travel to El Centro and the Salton Sea area to meet up with Dezert Magazine's John Grasson.

From El Centro, after 4 days of shooting with John, the crew comes to San Diego and picks me up to show them a little bit of Baja and the petroglyph that some believe is a Viking Ship! We were together for 4 days/ 3 nights in Baja... all to film what gets edited down to maybe 15-20 minutes of actual air time!

I was asked not to reveal any details of what show I was on or Scott Wolter's name until the air date was released. I did a trip report of our filming last February and today added photos of the crew and Scott: BajaNomad - Feb 2019 Trip for a TV show: America Unearthed on May 28, 2019. New photos added! - Powered by XMB

Here's a photo of Scott and me at the petroglyph:

 
Oct 2014
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Yes, I am a (now) non-active member of the Viking Fish Club in Vista... my club name is Balder. I joined the fish club back in the mid-1990s. They are a great group! Skol!
 
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Oct 2014
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California
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The New York source for that article is speaking of California's inland sea when the Gulf of California reached almost to today's Palm Springs. This opening has occurred many times in pre-history. That it happened as recently as 2000 years ago may be a stretch? In these maps from Desert Magazine articles, we can see how a voyage up the Colorado River from the gulf was shown as possible into the inland sea:



 
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May 2019
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I see. So, it sounds like the folks on your show are speculating that a Viking ship somehow ended up on the west coast, and then sailed up this extended Gulf of California?
Not quite sure I could believe that a Viking vessel saw fit to go all the way down around Cape Horn and then all the way up the west coast of the Americas as far as Baja, but I'll leave that to youse.
 
Oct 2014
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California
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I think their thought is it sailed around the north coast of Canada, the Northwest Passage, during the medieval warming period when Vikings colonized Greenland and Canada. They came down the west coast of North America and rounded the Cape of San Lucas into the Gulf of California. The legend by the Seri Indians supports this, along with the petroglyph I showed Scott Wolter. Here is the Seri Indian legend (Tiburon Island is in the Gulf of California): Giants of Tiburon Island (Grasson)
 
May 2019
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Imo, it's more likely these "white giants" were Spaniards or other Europeans of the early modern. There were enough European ships cruising around the west coast from the 16th century to create this incident (for example, the Miwok around SF Bay were visited by Francis Drake's people in 1579). The description of these visitors wearing a "huge hat" could well represent 16th-17th century European fashion.

The author of that article also says that the fact that these "white giants" had a woman with them could indicate that they were Vikings, since the author never heard of other early explorers travelling with women. Imo the author should do a bit more reading on Spanish voyages of discovery, such as Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira's voyage in the 16th century to the Solomon Islands, which included his wife Isabel Barreto.

Not trying to shoot down your guys theory, just offering my opinion :)
 
Jun 2017
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maine
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Not trying to shoot down your guys theory, just offering my opinion :)
The possibility of Viking activity in California is not a new concept. The extent of Viking exploration in the new world is a broadening study as old ideas (and old misconceptions) fall to the wayside. It should not be an object of derision--it should be seen more as an area of historical research. That one Spanish woman was onboard during a voyage does not negate the finding that Scandinavian women often accompanied Viking explorations.
 
May 2019
107
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The possibility of Viking activity in California is not a new concept. The extent of Viking exploration in the new world is a broadening study as old ideas (and old misconceptions) fall to the wayside. It should not be an object of derision--it should be seen more as an area of historical research. That one Spanish woman was onboard during a voyage does not negate the finding that Scandinavian women often accompanied Viking explorations.
"Ancient aliens" seems to be a broadening study too these days, doesn't mean I have to believe it ;)

All I'm saying is, I haven't seen anything yet on this topic that appears to be more than vague "could haves" and "might have beens", so I'm remaining a skeptic for the time being. That doesn't mean that I'm deriding anyone who believes in this theory.

"Ancient aliens" on the other hand... :p
 

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