The wire hanger -- originally designed as a coathanger, has been adapted to many different roles.
GV People standing in field (2 shots)
GV Man sitting by hole dug in field, containing excavation tools (3 shots)
SV Anthropologist Karen Hunt speaking and demonstrating coathanger as detector (3 shots)
SV Karen Hunt walks forward and coathanger ends divide, continues speaking
SV Coathanger detector being held
SV Karen Hunt
SV Other people and Karen Hunt walking in field with coathangers and speaking (2 shots)
SCU Fiona Christie-Boyle (New Brunswick Historical Resources Department) speaking
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT SEQ. 3 & 4:
KAREN HUNT: "If you set a building out here it blocks off the electrical charges from outer space that we're being constantly bombarded with, and it's changing that area and all our building patterns, all our fence lines, all these things are making photo-fields, elector magnetic photo-fields -- and you can find them and map them out."
KAREN HUNT: "I'll come back into that photo-field and then I'll move sideways with it to find the corner of that structure. Well, here we have a corner."
FIONA CHRISTIE-BOYLE: "We're just plotting in the buildings that she thinks that she's found so in the next few weeks we'll extend our test sites out to the area she's worked on and we'll try to find the actual material evidence for these buildings which aren't on the surface at the moment."
EDITORS NOTE: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY CBC REPORTER BOB BISHOP WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.
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Background: The wire hanger -- originally designed as a coathanger, has been adapted to many different roles. Some people use them as an in-door television antenna, others as a car radio aerial. In Australia, the coat hanger has found fame in arid areas as a water diviner, used to locate natural underground storages. Now a Canadian anthropologist has put this simple instrument to the task of helping find remnants of an ancient civilization -- the Arcadians. St. Anne's Point, in the state of New Brunswick, was the site of an important Arcadian settlement two centuries ago. Efforts are now underway to find traces of that small community of French farmers who were ousted from Canada by British settlers at the beginning of the 18th century. Anthropologist Karen Hunt believes the simple coathanger has the power to detect what she calls 'photo-fields'. She says the metal of the hanger has the power to block off electrical charges from outer space and is then able to map out buildings below the surface. The coathangers are straightened out, cut to length, then held close to the body, and when they approach a 'photo-field' swing upwards. Ms Hunt says that as she walks into a 'photo-field' with her simple detector, she moves sidewards to define the corner of an underground structure. Fiona Christie-Boyle of New Brunswick Historical Resources administration, says her department is plotting the buildings that Ms. Hunt believes she has found, and tests will now be extended to the area to try and locate the ancient buildings.