Friday 7 October 2022

Divination: Dowsing Rods that Found a Roman Bathhouse

The dowsing rods in the picture to the right were ones used to discover a Roman bathhouse in Sussex and are on display in Battle Museum of Local History. A leaflet at the museum explains that the first evidence of human settlement in the area was found by dowser Gerald Brodribb when he was using the rods to trace a Roman road.

The photo at the bottom shows a scale model of the bathhouse remains. The rods and model are all on display. You can also try out some dowsing for yourself as the museum has another set of rods available for visitors to use.

My dad was a keen dowser. As a child I recall summer holidays to the countryside often included afternoons using his dowsing rods and pendulums to try to trace historic roads and ley lines. I recently rediscovered my dad's dowsing equipment and I'll be blogging more about that in the future.

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