Oak Island Treasure Mystery
The mystery of Oak Island has captured the interest of numerous treasure hunters over the years. To date, all have gone away without learning what rests at the bottom of this famed Money Pit. Recently, this mystery has gained the attention of a larger audience. This is partly the result of History Channel’s series entitled; The Curse of Oak Island. A third season is in the works and will be released soon. Hutton Pulitzer mentions what viewers might expect in this final part of the series in a recent Six Questions I conducted with him (click link).
One of the main reasons for the show’s success, and increase interest towards the mystery, is because there is a genuine historical enigma to solve. It isn’t entirely a mere tale as some buried treasure stories seem to be. For over 200 years the area has seen continued exploration with questionable artifacts being recovered. From this, it is believed the location could possibly conceal an extremely valuable treasure. What it might be remains to be understood. So of course, it is a fascinating story!
Below is a brief summary of the Oak Island treasure story. It only touches the surface on the vast history and information available on Oak Island’s enigmas and theories. The island rests in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, and so is conveniently situated in an area which has been historically visited by those sailing across the Atlantic. I wanted to post the summary in order to provide a page for discussions, links, news, and updates to be placed for those intrigued by the curiosity. Even though, I am not actively working on this particular challenge (we can only do so much), the page will strive to keep readers informed on new theories, ideas, and finds for this possible treasure cache.
The legend of Oak Island’s buried treasure begins in 1795 when a young boy, named Daniel McGinnis, noticed a suspicious circular depression on the ground. Other anomalies, like a supposed tackle block in a tree overhead with sawed off limb, led the boy to wonder if a pirate’s treasure wasn’t secretly lowered down and buried there. Filled with excitement, he, with two of his friends (Anthony Vaughan and John Smith), returned the next morning to start digging for whatever might have caused the disturbance in the ground’s surface.
Accounts say after a few feet of digging the boys came across a layer of flagstones hindering their way. Removing these, they were able to continue down and soon discovered a layer of oak logs. Further down, another layer of logs were said to be found. They supposedly dug down to around 30 feet and realized to go further, help would be required. They stopped their excavation with a mission to return later to find the treasure.
It was eight years before they started digging again with the assistance of others. On this occasion, the party of treasure hunters were able to descend 90 feet down; again finding peculiar items as they dug. It was at this level of 90 feet that a coded stone with mysterious writing is thought to have been discovered. Although the stone is missing today, it is recorded to have been deciphered to say, “Forty feet below two million pounds are buried”.
The pit flooded with water at this point and it is this constant flooding of water in the hole that continues to be a major obstacle for learning what lies at the bottom. Throughout the years, various excavations and drillings have been attempted to determine what might be unearthed.
As mentioned, questionable and unnatural remnants have been continually found within the pit and area; giving seekers confidence something truly could be buried deep below the surface. Millions of dollars have been spent on exploring the hole. It is believed by some to be a highly complicated and complex shaft with clever traps set for anyone trying to reach the bottom. This supposed system of protection for the ‘treasure’ is what captivates and spurs on the search. The question is asked, if a treasure is hidden at the bottom, what could it be that warranted the creation of such an extreme hiding place?
I think it can be said the hunt for what lies at the base of mysterious shaft will not end until this is revealed!
Best of luck with whatever you seek!
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