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The Curse of Oak Island
For those of you haven't watched The Curse of Oak Island Tv-series....

Here is some backstory of the alleged treasure someone dug in there - and also those bits of evidence they now been digging up.:
  • The Discovery
    One summer day in 1795 Daniel McGinnis, then a teenager, was wandering about Oak Island, Nova Scotia (see Geography) when he came across a curious circular depression in the ground. Standing over this depression was a tree whose branches had been cut in a way which looked like it had been used as a pulley. Having heard tales of pirates in the area he decided to return home to get friends and return later to investigate the hole.Over the next several days McGinnis, along with friends John Smith and Anthony Vaughan, worked the hole. What they found astonished them. Two feet below the surface they came across of layer of flagstones covering the pit. At 10 feet down they ran into a layer of oak logs spanning the pit. Again at 20 feet and 30 feet they found the same thing, a layer of logs. Not being able to continue alone from here, they went home, but with plans of returning to search more.It took the three discoverers 8 years, but they did return. Along with The Onslow Company, formed for the purpose of the search, they began digging again. They quickly got back to 30 foot point that had been reached 8 years ago. They continued down to 90 feet, finding a layer of oak logs at every 10 foot interval. Besides the boards, at 40 feet a layer of charcoal was found, at 50 feet a layer of putty, and at 60 feet a layer of coconut fiber.At 90 feet one of the most puzzling clues was found - a stone inscribed with mysterious writing.Note: For more information about the stone inscription and to try your hand at translating the stone's inscription go here.After pulling up the layer of oak at 90 feet and continuing on, water began to seep into the pit. By the next day the pit was filled with water up to the 33 foot level. Pumping didn't work, so the next year a new pit was dug parallel to the original down to 100 feet. From there a tunnel was run over to The Money Pit. Again the water flooded in and the search was abandoned for 45 years.
  • The Booby Trap
    As it turns out, an ingenious booby trap had been sprung. The Onslow Company had inadvertently unplugged a 500 foot waterway that had been dug from the pit to nearby Smith's Cove by the pit's designers. As quickly as the water could be pumped out it was refilled by the sea.This discovery however is only a small part of the intricate plan by the unknown designers to keep people away from the cache.In 1849 the next company to attempt to extract the treasure, The Truro Company, was founded and the search began again. They quickly dug down to 86 feet only to be flooded. Deciding to try to figure out what was buried before attempting to extract it, Truro switched to drilling core samples. The drilling produced some encouraging results
  • First Hints of Treasure
    At 98 feet the drill went through a spruce platform. Then it encountered 4 inches of oak and then 22 inches of what was characterized as "metal in pieces""; Next 8 inches of oak, another 22 inches of metal, 4 inches of oak and another layer of spruce. The conclusion was that they had drilled through 2 casks or chests filled will coins. Upon pulling out the drill they found splinters of oak and strands of what looked like coconut husk.One account of the drilling also mentions that three small gold links, as from a chain, were brought up. Unfortunately no one knows where they have gone.Interestingly, the earth encountered beneath the bottom spruce platform was loose indicating that the pit may have gone even deeper. A later group of searchers would find out how much deeper.The Truro Company returned in 1850 with plans to dig another parallel hole and then tunnel over to the Money Pit. Just like before, as they tunneled over, water began to rush in. They brought in pumps to try to get rid of the water but it was impossible to keep the water out. During the pumping someone noticed that at Smith's Cove during low tide there was water coming OUT of the beach.This find lead to an amazing discovery - the beach was artificial.
  • Artificial Beach
    It turns out that the pit designers had created a drain system, spread over a 145 foot length of beach, which resembled the fingers of a hand. Each finger was a channel dug into the clay under the beach and lined by rocks. The channels were then filled with beach rocks, covered with several inches of eel grass, and then covered by several more inches of coconut fiber. The effect of this filtering system was that the channels remained clear of silt and sand while water was still allowed to flow along them. The fingers met at a point inland where they fed sea water into a sloping channel which eventually joined the Money Pit some 500 feet away. Later investigations showed this underground channel to have been 4 feet wide, 2 1/2 feet high, lined with stone, and meeting the Money Pit between the depths of 95 to 110 feet.To the Truro Company, the answer was now simple - just block off the water flow from the beach and dig out the treasure. Their first attempt was to build a dam just off the beach at Smith's Cove, drain the water, and then dismantle the drain channels. Unfortunately a storm blew up and destroyed the dam before they could finish.An interesting note: the remains of an older dam were found when building the new one.The next plan was to dig a pit 100 feet or so inland in the hopes of meeting with the water channel underground at which point they could plug the channel. This scheme too failed. And this was the last attempt by the Truro company to uncover the secrets of Oak Island.
  • The Pit's Collapse
    The next attempt at securing the treasure was made in 1861 by the Oak Island Association. First they cleared out the Money Pit down to 88 feet. Then they ran a new hole to the east of the pit hoping to intercept the channel from the sea. The new shaft was dug out to120 feet without hitting the channel and then abandoned.A second shaft was run, this one to west, down to 118 feet. They then attempted to tunnel over to the Money Pit. Again the water started to enter this pit as well as the Money Pit. Bailing was attempted and appeared to work. And thenCRASH!The bottom fell out. Water rushed into the shafts and the bottom of the Money Pit dropped over 15 feet. Everything in the Money Pit had fallen farther down the hole. The big questions were why and how far?Over the next several years different companies tried to crack the mystery unsuccessfully. They dug more shafts, tried to fill in the drain on the beach, built a new dam (which was destroyed by a storm), and drilled for more core samples. They met with little success.
  • The Cave-in Pit
    In 1893 a man named Fred Blair along with a group called The Oak Island Treasure Company began their search. Their first task was to investigate the "Cave-in Pit". Discovered in 1878 about 350 feet east of the Money Pit, the cave-in pit appears to have been a shaft dug out by the designers of the Money Pit perhaps as a ventilation shaft for the digging of the flood tunnel. It apparently intersected or closely passed the flood tunnel. While it was being cleared by the Treasure Company it started to flood at a depth of 55 feet and was abandoned.Over the next several years The Oak Island Treasure Company would dig more shafts, pump more water, and still get nowhere. In 1897 they did manage to clear out the Money Pit down to 111 feet where they actually saw the entrance of the flood tunnel temporarily stopped up with rocks. However, the water worked its way through again and filled the pit.The treasure company then decided that they would attempt to seal off the flow of water from Smith's Cove by dynamiting the flood tunnel. Five charges were set off in holes drilled near the flood tunnel. They didn't work. The water flowed into the Money Pit as rapidly as ever.At the same time a new set of core samples were drilled at the pit itself. The results were surprising.

  • Cement Vault
    At 126 feet, wood was struck and then iron. This material is probably part of the material that fell during the crash of the Pit. On other drillings the wood was encountered at 122 feet and the iron was missed completely indicating that the material may be laying in a haphazard way due to the fall.Between 130 and 151 feet and also between 160 and 171 feet a blue clay was found which consisted of clay, sand, and water. This clay can be used to form a watertight seal and is probably the same "putty"; that was found at the 50 foot level of the Pit.The major find was in the gap between the putty layers. A cement vault was discovered. The vault itself was 7 feet high with 7 inch thick walls. Inside the vault the drill first struck wood, then a void several inches high and an unknown substance. Next a layer of soft metal was reached, then almost 3 feet of metal pieces, and then more soft metal.When the drill was brought back up another twist was added to the whole mystery. Attached to the auger was a small piece of sheepskin parchment with the letters "vi"; "ui"; or "wi"; What the parchment is a part of is still in question.More convinced than ever that a great treasure was beneath the island, The Treasure Company began sinking more shafts in the attempts to get to the cement vault. They all met with failure due to flooding.2nd Flood TunnelIn May of 1899, yet another startling discovery was made. There was a second flood tunnel! This one was located in the South Shore Cove. The designers had been more ingenious and had done more work than previously thought. Though this find certainly strengthened the case that something valuable was buried below it didn't bring anyone closer to actually finding the treasure.Blair and The Oak Island Treasure Company continued to sink new shafts and drill more core samples, but no progress was made and no new information obtained.Between 1900 and 1936 several attempts were made to obtain the treasure. All met with no success.Stone FragmentIn 1936 Gilbert Hadden, in conjunction with Fred Blair, began a new investigation of the island. Hadden cleared some of the earlier shafts near the Pit and made plans for exploratory drilling the next summer. However, he made two discoveries away from the Pit.The first was a fragment of a stone bearing inscriptions similar to those found on the inscribed stone discovered at the 90 foot level of the Money Pit. The second discovery was of several old timbers in Smith's Cove. These timbers seem to have been from the original designers due to the fact that they were joined using wooden pins rather than metal. As will be seen later these timbers were only a small part of a much larger construction.Mystery DeepensThe next treasure hunter was Erwin Hamilton. He began his search in 1938 by clearing out previous shafts and doing some exploratory drilling. In 1939 during drilling two more discoveries were made. The first was the finding of rocks and gravel at 190 feet. According to Hamilton they were foreign and therefore placed there by someone. The second finding came after clearing out an earlier shaft down to 176 feet. At this point a layer of limestone was encountered and drilled through. The drilling brought up oak splinters. Apparently there was wood BELOW the natural limestone.Tragedy StrikesIn 1959 Bob Restall and his family began their attack on the island which ultimately proved tragic.His one discovery was made on the Smith's Cove beach while attempting to stop the drain system. He found a rock with "1704" inscribed on it. Though others believed it was prank left by a previous search team, Restall believed it was from the time of the original construction.In 1965 tragedy struck. While excavating a shaft Bob passed out and fell into the water at the bottom. His son, Bobbie, attempted to rescue him as did two of the workers. All four apparently were overcome by some sort of gas, perhaps carbon monoxide from a generator, passed out and drowned.
  • Heavy Machines
    Bob Dunfield was the next to take on the island. In 1965 he attempted to solve the problem with heavy machinery - bulldozers and cranes. He attempted to block the inflow of water at Smith's Cove, and may have succeeded. Then on the south side of the island an trench was dug in the hope of intercepting the other water tunnel and blocking it off. The flood tunnel wasn't found, but an unknown refilled shaft was found, possible one dug by the designers of the Pit. The shaft apparently went down to 45 and stopped, its purpose is unknown.Dunfield's other findings were based on drilling. It was determined that at 140 feet there was a 2 foot thick layer of limestone and then a forty foot void. At the bottom of the void was bedrock. This information matched with a drilling done back in 1955. There seemed to a large, natural underground cavern, something apparently common with limestone around the world.Recent DiscoveriesDaniel Blankenship, the current searcher, began his quest in 1965. In 1966 he dug out more of the original shaft found by Bob Dunfield in 1965. It turned out that the shaft did go beyond 45 feet. Blankenship found a hand-wrought nail and a washer at 60 feet. At 90 feet he met a layer of rocks in stagnant water. He assumed this was part of the south water tunnel but couldn't explore further because the shaft could not be stopped from caving in.A pair of wrought-iron scissors were discovered in 1967 buried below the drains at Smith's Cove. It was determined that the scissors were Spanish-American, probably made in Mexico, and they were up to 300 years old. Also found was a heart shaped stone.Smith's Cove revealed some more secrets in 1970 to Triton Alliance, a group formed by Blankenship to continue the search. While Triton was building a new cofferdam they discovered the remains of what appeared to be the original builders' cofferdam. The findings included several logs 2 feet thick and up to 65 feet long. They were marked every four feet with Roman numerals carved in them and some contained wooden pins or nails. The wood has been carbon dated to 250 years ago.The western end of the island has also revealed several items. Two wooden structures, along with wrought-iron nails and metal straps were found at the western beach. Nine feet below the beach a pair of leather shoes were unearthed.Borehole 10-XThe next major discoveries came in 1976 when Triton dug what is known as Borehole 10-X, a 237 foot tube of steel sunk 180 feet northeast of the Money Pit. During the digging several apparently artificial cavities were found down to 230 feet (see: drilling results).A camera lowered down to a bedrock cavity at 230 feet returned some amazing images. At first a severed hand could be seen floating in the water. Later three chests (of the treasure type I would presume) and various tools could be made out. Finally a human body was detected.After seeing the images, the decision was made to send divers down for a look. Several attempts were made but strong current and poor visibility made it impossible to see anything.Soon after the hole itself collapsed and has not been reopened.Today Blankenship and Triton still continue the quest followed by the crew in The Curse of Oak Island
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Among the artifacts recovered from the swamp, shoreline and near the pit, on Oak Island were;
  • an axe and a battle hatchet, (dates from 1710–1720).
  • several English coins from the 1600s,
  • an ancient Spanish copper coin from the 1600s. ( found in the middle of the swamp)
  • a Victorian brooch
  • a Knights Templar coin (found in the woods above the Money Pit)
  • an old pewter buckle found (mainly in use during the 1600s to 1700s)
  • a colonial silver spoon handle
  • an ancient Roman sword found just off the coast of Oak Island (an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer confirmed the metal composition of the sword matches that of Roman votive swords )
  • a Roman legionnaire's whistle found on Oak Island
  • tropical coconut fibres found at the coastline and in the money-pit
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For being a rather insignificant little island in Canada they catches quite remarlble items It's would be one thing if they find things like this on known habitats were people had lived, fought, worked, for a very long time etc. But this is just a small island right off the coast. Why would anyone throw anchor there when it is in spitting-distance of the mainland shore?. It's not exactly the Grand Central Station of the 1600/1700. [Image: default_original.gif]
But, it is possible that the objects had been scattered over the island by people visiting there. The thing is; what were they doing on this little sh|t-island just right off the coast from mainland?

When it comes to the Roman sword they found it was tested with a XRF-analyzer ;
There was another test made on the sword, and they concluded that it was a brass sword with 25% zinc in it - and therefore ruled it out from being an old Roman sword. Pulitzer, the man who found the sword had this to say about the test;
And I don't understand either why they ruled it out, because during the Roman period brass was being deliberately produced from metallic copper and zinc minerals using the cementation process.
Test done with a XRF-analyzer was done in 2015, when a number of ingots believed to be orichalcum were discovered in a sunken vessel (in the coasts of Gela in Sicily), which has tentatively been dated as being 2600 years old. Analyzed with X-ray fluorescence by Dario Panetta, of TQ - Tecnologies for Quality, the 39 ingots turned out to be an alloy consisting of 75-80 percent copper, 15-20 percent zinc, and smaller percentages of nickel, lead and iron
Also this is said of brass from/during the Roman period;
So 25% zinc in this Roman sword hardly rules it out from being of the Roman period..

When it comes to the Templar Cross-coin; I haven't heard anything more about it since they introduced it to a Free Mason-expert that concluded it was a Templar Cross on it. But Templar Cross-coins from that period can look quite different as you can see here;[Image: 20140625_2a.jpg]

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Some of the other findings that has been dated is the eel-grass that was discovered in the pit and as a big layer, some feet down. on the beach (this is where they said they found those box-drains that was constructed for flooding the pit, and was covered with coconut-fibres and eel-grass under the sand).
It was dated to sometime between the 13th or 14th century - and the coconut-fiber, found at the same place, was dated to sometime between 1260 .A.D to 1400 A.D. with 95% accuracy. Closest coconut trees are 1500 miles away.
The ship-plank found in the swamp was dated to 1680-1735 with a 95% degree of accuracy. In the swamp was also a ship’s spar and a ship’s scuppers found - (not dated though). They also found a and big nail in the swamp, believed to be a ship's-nail from the way it was formed. I don't know if they put it forward to some expert on boat-building.
They also found large oak tree-stumps in the swamp - submerged. Indicating that the swamp area hasn't always been a swamp but actually dry land once, since oaks like that doesn't grow under water. Which brings credence to the theory that the swamp was man-made.

PS: I forgot about the claimed Roman Legionnaire's Whistle found in Smith's Cove.
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I'm not sure what to make of it, but they say that;
Roman Legionnaire's Whistle's can look quite different so I'm not sure how they can they can be so sure it is. Might be from the experts on Roman artifacts they engaged. Haven't heard of any carbon-dating done on it. But they said they will be back with more data on it, and their other finds, so we'll see.
Here are some pics from different Roman Legionnaire's Whistle's, So you can see that they are all quite different;
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This is what the saw at som160 feet down, when they sent a samall robot wit a camera down the pipe.
It sure makes ones head spinning. Big Grin

After seeing that video of the probe they sent down that hole last year - they definitely found something that looks metallic and reflective (bronze, copper, gold) - it looks like the grip of a hand. Almost like it was the hand-piece of a statue. I took a still-frame of it, but it was more apparent in the video with the camera moving around it, and where you could see the reflections of it.
The top picture is the normal still-frame, and in the bottom picture I drew the crude outline that could be seen. It might be pareodolia, but it looks intriguing with that golden reflections, and the outline, and all. Check the video if you can.
But wouldn't it be nice if it was the hand of a golden statue!?! [Image: default_original.gif]
I think it looks like the grip of a statue-hand, but it can be anything. The thing though, is that it reflects back, and that makes you think of copper or gold.

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This is from a slightly different angle.>>
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During this past summer's borehole drilling they found human bone fragments and parchment from a depth of 190 feet. This is the first time I thought to myself there may be something to this otherwise tall tale. The bones were European and middle eastern and a few centuries old.
The amount of time and effort that apparently went into the construction of this.......
Giant puzzle.
Maybe they will finally get to the literal bottom of this mystery now that a TV production company is footing the (obviously massive) bill. Makes for good TV, if nothing else! Every week I honestly think they will find treasure and every week they only manage to find a button or a piece of metal or a piece of cloth or a shard of pottery...and then spend half the episode talking about the Knights Templar or Captain Cook or some such whatever offsite...but I keep tuning in!
(01-13-2018, 01:45 AM)Oleo Wrote: The amount  of time and effort that apparently  went into the construction of this.......
Giant puzzle.

Incredibly impractical if they ever intended to retrieve whatever was at the bottom of it.
"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before..."
Exactly, so its a canard?
The most labor intensive practical joke in western history?
That would be hilarious... And probably not out of the realm of possibility given the amount of ridiculous stunts that the bored aristocracy used to pull in the old days. 

In any case, none of the suspects mentioned would spend this amount of effort hiding something if it was *just* gold. The Romans had a vast amount of it, the Templars did as well, pirates squandered it and Navy officers usually possessed properties where they could stash it. 

My bet is that this is most likely a tomb and that whatever was placed in it was done ritualistically and not meant to be disturbed. It's either that, or they really placed the Ark of the Covenant down there.
"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before..."
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