Monday, November 10, 2014

Minnesota Taxes Support Pseudo-Scientific Claptrap

A colleague sent me this announcement from Mankato:

History Channel’s Scott Wolter to Give Special Talk in MankatoMankato Times MANKATO, MINN. – The Blue Earth County Library System is bringing Scott Wolter, author and host of History 2 (H2) Channel’s “America Unearthed”, to the Verizon Wireless Center on Thurs., Nov. 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. for a special program that is free and open to the public.  Wolter is a world-renowned forensic geologist and President of the Minnesota-based American Petrographic Services.  He began developing a new science called archaeopetrography, a scientific process used to date and understand the origins and mysterious stone artifacts and sites. The first artifact Wolter studied using this new science was the Kensington Rune Stone. Wolter will discuss his studies, discoveries and experiences with his television series in addition to answering questions from the audience following his presentation. This program is made possible through a Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative Grant and Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Yup, that's Scott Wolter, pseudo-scientific archaeologist and peddler of conspiracy theories, about whom I've blogged before. Our sales tax dollars, through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, are supporting this. As I wrote in my letter to the editor the last time Wolter's name came up, giving him a bully pulpit does grave disservice to the cause of archaeology.

I feel another letter coming on...