“Druid’s Dream”

My 20-minute documentary was reviwed in the Boston Globe: “Scientific research often unfolds something like a mystery novel … But rarely does that investigative, truthseeking aspect of science come across in its portrayals in the media.

“[This] is an exception…”

[P]roduced by Patrick Huyghe, [this documentary] tells the story of an archeological research project that attempts to discover the origins of a strange circle of standing-stones, reminiscent of a miniature Stonehenge at a site called Druid Hill in Lowell [Massachusetts]. Local legend has it that the site is evidence of European settlement in this region several centuries before Columbus, and even before Leif Eriksson.

“Since it is told as a mystery story, l won’t spoil it by giving away the ending. But more important than the outcome is the way it depicts, in an engaging and enjoyable story, the process of stumbling across an interesting unanswered question, formulating a theory about it, designing a research program to solve the mystery, carrying out the fieldwork, and then interpreting the results of that work. In short, the way science works. The story is an interesting and instructive one, and well told.”

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