The Curse of Oak Island preview: Is there a new theory about Sir Francis Drake and Oak Island?

Rick and Marty Lagina of Oak Island
Rick and Marty Lagina never waiver in their determination to uncover the island’s secrets. Pic credit: History

In last week’s action-packed episode of The Curse of Oak Island, the team received seismic scanning results from testing done earlier in the year. They also decided to dig out what was at the eye of the swamp, once and for all.

Admittedly, the guys had limited success, so plenty of work remains to be done, and as always, these go-getters never quit. The scanning pointed to a possible flood tunnel 60 feet down in the uplands so, unfortunately, despite their best efforts, the guys were unable to reach the area.

Oak Island team may have hit an original flood tunnel

Gushing water indicated the guys got really close, meaning we can expect more digging there this week. The preview suggests that they will continue digging down to 60 feet in their massive new rig, but the clip also shows they will still encounter problems because the cavity sides will collapse. It also appears as if Rick Lagina may have taken additional risks to get a closer look.

Marty Lagina examines a hole
Marty Lagina clambers to peer down into an excavation. Pic credit: History

Last week, the guys also discovered a series of large boulders around the eye of the swamp. The quandary is whether or not these large rocks were placed there by humans or by a glacier. This week we should see expert geologist, Dr. Spooner, back in the swamp. In the preview, he said, “Someone was digging here a long time ago.”

Expert theories on Sir Francis Drake

During the episode, Sir Francis Bacon pops up again in the War Room. The English philosopher and statesman who lived from 1561 to 1625 has been cited in past episodes and is believed by many experts to be involved in the Oak Island mystery.

These experts — which includes Randall Sullivan, author of  The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World’s Longest Treasure Hunt — think Bacon traveled to the island with William Shakespeare’s lost manuscripts. The Bard supposedly buried them in a lead box filled with mercury.

That may explain why, during this week’s episode while the guys are in the War Room, an expert notices that “the artifact [contains] a lot of mercury.”

Charles Barkhouse then recalls that Sir Francis Bacon “did experiments in preserving documents in mercury.” Fingers are crossed that this fascinating theory results in more development.

Finally, the preview also suggests the guys found an artifact that had been described as a bone-handled knife. An expert tells them that the interesting item seems to have been introduced by Turkey and Cyprus.

Once again, this episode has shaped up to be very exciting given the expectation that more theories on Sir Francis Drake and the eastern Mediterranean will be discussed.

New episodes of The Curse of Oak Island can be seen Tuesdays at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

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