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R.A. Smith

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Reginald Allendar Smith (dowser who first reported water under sacred sites), was born in Highgate, north London on July 4th, 1873. He attended Christ's Hospital school in east London, where he excelled academically and earned a scholarship to University College, Oxford in 1891. He worked for the British Museum and was promoted in June 1908 to Assistant (First Class), a post he held until 1921. During 1925 Smith became the Trustees representative on the Ancient Monuments Board for England, a position previously held by Sir Charles Hercules Read. From the 21st of December, 1927 to the 4th January, 1938, when he retired at the age of 65, Reginald Allender Smith was Keeper of the Department.

In early 1936, he was asked to attend the International Congress of Prehistoric and Proto-historic Sciences at Oslo on behalf of the Trustees, and with the agreement of the Foreign Office, he was accorded the status of an official representative of H.M. Government. His major contribution to the Earth Mysteries was that he was one of the first to publish articles in the BSD Journal stating that he was finding water under all of the ancient sacred sites that were also exciting the ley hunters. This major contribution was made after Smith retired - and was no longer accountable to his scientific collegues. Many discoveries in this field have been made by retirees. They don't have their reputations to be concerned about any more, so why not say what's been on their hearts all these years? Alexander Thom is another example.