Earhart Dig - Day 4
Time Travel, High Tech Style

By Cassandra Frost
Day 4 of the Tinian Earhart Expedition finds the group still trying to help the man who knows where the bodies are buried.
They are switching from clearing and cleaning to computerized mapping so they can travel back and find the 1944 road from where Saint John Naftel was shown the gravesites of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.
Now, after three days of digging, state of the art cartographic correlation programs will be used crunch data from maps, GPS coordinates and photographic information in an effort to delineate that same road.
"I think itís just a matter of time before we find her (Amelia)," Naftel said. "We just need to pin point the spot."
Jennings Bunn is the other expedition member whoís been on island the last four days or so. Bunn was working last year as a Navy Museum director on Guam when he was handed the letter from Florida attorney, Elliott P. Broughton. Heíd written the letter on behalf of his friend Naftel, and mailed it to USN officials.
So, how is Bunn doing?
"I'm burned out," he said. "I'm keeping at it, but I'm tired."
"I'm still positive, though," he continued. "There are too many clues and things that match, too many things that are pointing to the fact that Amelia is buried here. I feel weíre very close and, despite the changes in the terrain, feel that we'll find her."
"My wife and I moved from Guam to Missouri two months ago," Bunn explained. "We're still trying to get settled."
Bunn turned 58 earlier this month and hoped to find the remains for his birthday present.
"Though weíve not found her yet," he continued, "This is not time wasted. Jim, Bob and I have been at this a year. Saint John has waited for 60 years. We're just not going to give up."
Today, Tuesday, Tinian Earhart Expedition members Jim Sullivan and Bob Silvers are on Saipan. They will start to work with the Office of Historical Preservation of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to help the staff as they begin using a mapping program called ArcView.
"The office hasn't set the computer program up yet," Silvers said. "It will take a while to load."
'ArcView' is a desktop geographic information system that will combine data from World War II maps, pictures and geographic information system (GIS) coordinates to correlate the information and will then display the information on one, single map.
According to the ArcView website, the program will help identify undetected patterns, revealing hidden trends and distributions that may help identify the road marks that the expedition needs to further isolate spots to dig.
"We need to use the software to reapply Naftel's information," Silvers said. "The landscape is unreliable because things have changed so much over the past 60 or so years. After the war, the Seabees did a lot of rebuilding. This may have affected the area weíre looking for."
ArcView is able to take data tabled in Access and Excel, vector data, points, lines and polygons and turn it into 3D interpretations.
It can also integrate soils data, create digital elevation models, create slope maps, create aspect maps and do terrain modeling from the GIS information.
Simply put, the data from the existing maps, GIS coordinates and pictures will be entered into the ArcView geographic system. The end result should be a map that recreates the road that Naftel drove up and down in 1944.
"We found roadbeds yesterday," reported Silvers. "The computerized mapping process should cut down the excavation time by providing us with more accurate road marks so we can, hopefully, pin point the spot that Naftel believes to be the gravesites."
"This will be like traveling back in time," Silvers said. "Hopefully, this software can help map things out for us so we can see where the old road is. The next best thing would be ground penetrating radar, but weíve not been able to find anyone yet who will volunteer their time or equipment."
"Archeology is the search for that which is ancient," he concluded. "That doesn't mean that old methods need to be used in the search for Earhart and Noonan's final resting spots."
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Cassandra 'Sandy' Frost is an award winning e-journalist and editor who has covered the topics of Intuition, Remote Viewing and Consciousness from an Athabascan or Alaska Native point of view the past three years.
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