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The Curse of Oak Island preview: The team go for some really big finds in the Season 7 finale

Rick and Marty Lagina
The Oak Island team goes for one final big push to find the Money Pit before the end of the season. Pic credit: History

This week on the Season 7 finale of The Curse of Oak Island, the guys will be hoping to go out with a bang by finding something big and of real historical significance.

A real last-minute drive in the Money Pit area to find that treasure vault is evident.

History Canada summarizes.

“It’s the end of drilling season on Oak Island and after a year that saw the fellowship make a number of groundbreaking discoveries in their quest to solve a 225-year-old treasure mystery, the team is determined not to leave the island without making at least one more historic breakthrough.”

Drilling in the area of the Money Pit came to a halt last week after the giant oscillating drill came up against something big blocking its path.

The guys crossed their fingers. Maybe this was a vault?

Either way, everyone waited while Vanessa Lucido, CEO of ROC Drilling Equipment, and her team tried to come up with a plan to shift the object and get moving once again. Whatever they did seems to have worked since the preview showed the hammerhead scooping out debris once again.

“It’s definitely a void,” said Marty Lagina during the preview. “We’re hoping to find the Chappell Vault.”

The Chappell Vault is a reference to a dig by William Chappell and his men, who came really close to finding a treasure vault in 1931.

We have a definitive date for the creation of the swamp!

Also on the show, Dr. Spooner has been determined to work out the age of the swamp ever since he caught the Oak Island bug. The geoscientist previously said that he thinks there was significant human activity in the eye of the swamp around 1675, and he also estimated that “the swamp was initiated in 1220 AD.”

Wow!

In the preview, Spooner stood with a sheet of paper titled “Swamp Carbon Dates.”

Apparently, he has come up with the goods and will finally be able to give us an exact date for the creation of the swamp.

“We have a definitive date for when the swamp was built,” Rick Lagina confirmed moments later.

This could be of huge historical importance.

Gary Drayton finds a coin

Also in a show preview, metal detectorist Gary Drayton and Marty appear to have actually found a coin.  The how, when, or where that coin is from is still unknown, but as Marty said, “That’s proof positive of treasure.”

Gary later states, “I want to do that gold dance.”

Everyone really wants to see him do that dance, too, so fingers crossed the guys dig up something special for the finale.

Watch new episodes of The Curse of Oak Island Tuesday nights from 9/8c on History.

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Thank you so much for sharing that I hope and pray
Thank you so much for sharing that I hope and pray
2 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing that I hope and pray that there’s a season eight you really are the best thing on TV good honest TV thank you again God bless you be safe

Thank you so much for sharing that I hope and pray
Thank you so much for sharing that I hope and pray
2 years ago

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sergio lage
2 years ago

POINT 1- THE TEMPLARS NEVER HAD ACCESS TO SACRED OBJECTS OF THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON.
The Catholic Church, most certainly in the period between Constantine nominated it as the official religion of Roman empire (in the 3rd century) and the Reformation (XVI century), considering their selves as representatives of the DIVINE on earth, outsource to kings the right to reign. When they rebelled against the Church, they were excommunicated, opening doors for other candidates to plead for office. So, it was essential for the kings to stay on good terms with popes and a way to show how important they were to the Church was to allow conversion in the lands they conquered, show treasures conquered related to the Church or destroy the sacred objects conquered from others faiths.
St. Helena, Constantine’s mother, made a pilgrimage in Jerusalem and there, she tortured a Jew, managed to discover the cross where Jesus was crucified (which she broke in pieces and sent to several important churches and kings), the crown of thorns (which she proceeded in the same way, one of them located in the Church of Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa, Italy), the spear that wounded Jesus. The Holy Shroud is in Turin and there are several evidences that the Holy Grail is the one on display in the Cathedral of Valence, Spain.
Relics from other religions, such as the Buddha’s tooth, taken by Cristóvão de Melo, Viceroy of the Indies from the Kingdom of Fundy, in Srylanka, were submitted to the Inquisition, who ordered the same to be grounded, mixed with water and thrown into the sea. Thus, if the Templars discovered treasures in the Temple of Solomon, they should be on display in the court of a powerful Cristian king in the West or destroyed. As this is not the case, I believe that the sacred objects of the Temple of Salomon did not pass through the hands of the Templars.
POINT 2- PORTUGAL WAS A KINGDOM CREATED UNDER THE STRONG INFLUENCE OF THE TEMPLARS

Henrique, grandson of Count Roberto of Burgundy and nephew of Constance, wife of King Alfonso VI of Castile, went to Castella to fight against the Muslims, in response to the request made by the king to the Order of the Cistercian, whose main figure was (Saint) Bernardo de Clairvaux. There, he married Alfonso’s bastard daughter Teresa and received, to govern, the Portucalense County, for whose organization he was helped by the Cistercian Order, since most of the educated people at the time belonged to religious orders. When Henrique died, Teresa became lover of a nobleman of Galicia, Fernão Peres de Trava and with him intended to join the County to Galicia, forming a great kingdom. The noble Portucalenses, commanded by the Archbishop of Braga, Paio Mendes, primate of the peninsula, did not accept and proclaimed Henrique’s son, Afonso Henrique as the true heir. The ensuing civil war, won by Afonso Henrique in 1128 at the Battle of São Mamede, resulted in the independence of the County. Afonso did not declare himself King, because he knew that Rome did not want a division between Christian countries during the hard crusade with Muslims. He declared himself a prince and sought help from notable men of the Church, such as (St) Bernardo, of Clairvaux, prior of the Order Cistercian, mentor, patron and responsible to write the Templar code of conduct. Bernardo was also in charge of preaching throughout all Europe for the Second Crusade in which the Templars had a notable participation. Just visiting the Cistercian Abbey of Alcobaça and the Templar complex of Tomar, both donations from Afonso to the Order and the Templars (today Cultural Heritage of Humanity) you could have a faint idea of the importance of the Cistercian Order and the Templars in Portugal. With the help of Knights Templar, who stopped in Porto to obtain supplies, Portugal conquered the Algarve in 1265, stablishing the country borders that prevail until today in Portugal.
Two important notes:
-more than 20 castles of the Order of the Templars were built in Portugal, with donation of land for their subsistence. All, some in better condition than others, still exist in Portugal
-Afonso Henrique, when confirming the donation of the castle of Soure to the Templars, declared himself a brother of the Order.

ITEM 3- DISPUTE BETWEEN THE KING OF FRANCE, FELIPE IV AND POPE BONIFACIUS VIII
The Templars, guarding the pilgrimage paths, became very rich bankers. The faithful pilgrims sold everything they had and deposited all their money in a house or fortress of the Templars, distributed along the way to Jerusalem and, after the loss of that city to Muslims, on the routes to Rome and Santiago de Compostela, northwest of Spain. The faithful received a letter which allow them to withdraw money along the route, according to their needs, avoiding losses due to theft. They were the travelers checks of the time. As it was very difficult to supply money to the various banking houses, most of the money was deposited in these houses and only the part related to profit and relics were located at the headquarters in Paris. Between 1296 and 1303, there was a great dispute between the King and Pope Bonifacius VIII, since the former wanted to tax the French Church, which refused to accept. The situation became so serious that the Pope threatened him with excommunication and the King sent troops to arrest the Pope and take him back to France for trial. For this he counted with the help of another enemy of the Pope, Scirea, head of the powerful Collona family. Troops invaded the papal palace, at the time in Agnani and Scirea punched the pope and wanted to kill him on the spot while Nogaret, France’s prime minister and troop chief, wanted to take him to France to stand trial. This indecision caused the inhabitants of Agnani to invade the palace and expel the troops. Bonifacius did not resist the offense and died three months later. Historians believe that, as all bankers have always done, even in our days, threats caused bankers to move their assets to safer locations. England, at that time, ruled by Edward I, was an ally of France, having his son married to the daughter of Felipe IV. He, too, considered as the “Hammer of Scotland”, dominated that country with an iron fist. Castile was in chaos, as the nobles did not accept the regency of Maria Molina, mother of King Fernando IV. To send to Rome would be to deliver sheep to the wolf, since the popes and the papal court of the time were very corrupt. Italy and Germany, at the time, had not yet joined as a country. There was only one and the best place to send the treasures, the Templar kingdom of Portugal.
POINT 4- DISSOLUTION OF THE ORDER OF THE TEMPLARS

After the death of Bonifacius VIII, Pope Benedict XI was elected and commanded the Church for about 1 year. In the meantime, Felipe IV maneuvered so that the next pope to be elected was a Frenchman, Bertrand de Grot, Archbishop of Bordeaux, named as Pope Clement V. Felipe’s plan B was to raise money putting the hands in the Templar’s treasure. The Order was extinguished in 1307 but, even under torture, the treasure was not found. Philip then ordered the Pope to transfer all Templar goods, throughout all Christendom (in France, only real estate existed) to the Order of Hospitallers, who assumed the responsibility to pay to Felipe. In Portugal, King Diniz did not accept Pope´s instructions and created, with all the assets of the Templars in the country, the Order of Christ, with headquarter in the strategic castle of Castro Marins, located in the Mediterranean, on the border with Spain. Templar knights who survived Felipe’s action could participate in the Order, but only as knights, since the Prior of the Order was always a member of the royal court of Portugal. The most notable was D. Henrique, the Navigator. After this creation, Portugal, an extremely poor country, became the greatest world power of this time, a fact it would not have been possible without the Templar treasure. Let us see what they achieved in the following years:
– Portugal beat Castile in the battle of Aljubarrota, preserving the independence of Portugal.
-Conquered Ceuta and North Africa.
-Discovered the Azores and colonized the island of Madeira.
-Colonized the entire coast of West Africa and much of East Asia, preventing ships from other countries to be supplied and have access to the Indic Ocean
-Reached India and started the lucrative spices trade.
-Discovered and colonized Brazil.
-Closed all exits from the Indian Ocean (Gulf of Aden, Strait of Hormuz, Strait of Malacca-Singapore, access to China and Japan), transforming it into a “Mare Nostrum”; remember that took 1200 years for the romans to transform the Mediterranean sea in a Mare Nostrum, a lagoon when compared with the Indic Ocean.
-First country to establish trade with Japan, introducing firearms there.

FIRST CONCLUSION- THE TREASURY OF THE TEMPLARS, FOR THE REASONS ABOVE, NEVER COULD HAVE BEEN BURIED IN OAK ISLAND.

POINT 5- PIRATE TREASURE-

Mahone Bay was not a piracy zone, as there was no exploitation of metals or precious stones in the area. The activities in the area were to protect the great local wealth, capture of fish and land conquer. Even if there were, pirates were not bankers. They buried (when necessary) their treasures temporarily, while participating in some sea expedition. As soon as they returned, they wanted to get it back soon, as the idea was to immediately distribute the booty among the whole group. In addition, if there was treasure, Oak Island residents gave indications that they became very wealthy, without a plausible explanation: Samuel Ball, the Graves and McGinnis, The descendants of the later, during a visit to Oak Island, informed that McGinnis and his friends had found 3 chests with jewels and, to confirm, they presented a gold cross which is in possession of the family for more than 200 years.

POINT 5- THE MYSTIFICATION OF OAK ISLAND

First of all, it must be remembered that the various companies that explored Oak Island needed funds and sought to exacerbate or mystify discoveries (as ridiculously as Gary´s ring discovered in the swamp) in order to obtain funds for explorations. It is unacceptable that a photo or a rubbing has never been taken/ performed, except if somebody does not want to disclose information to the public. Thus, any finding that is referred to, but that is not in our hands today, is highly doubtful. It is also impossible that, using hands, shovels and hoes, they went to the trouble of hiding anything with such skill that with today’s high technology (as an oil engineer I can testify to that) we were able to find. In addition, more than 12 wells were dug or drilled (one with 30 feet in diameter and 140 feet deep, other hitting down to almost 250 ‘), hundreds of wells were drilled for several methods, shallow seismic performed with 8,000 explosions and no object whatsoever, worthy of being part of a treasure, has been discovered in 220 years of exploration. Only objects lost on the surface were found. Otherwise let’s see:

SMITH COVER- The existing structures dating from 1700 to 1760 were typically from a military port. Between 1688 and 1768 (end of the Seven Years’ War) there was a war between France and its indigenous allies against England and this whole area was a war zone, which lasted for 75 years. Thus, it was not a comfortable area for piracy or to bring treasures (?) well hidden (for those who believe) for more than 600 years. Furthermore, this was not a typical piracy zone, like the Caribbean, as there was no exploitation of gold and precious stones. Gary’s findings indicate that it was British troops who landed there. In my opinion, the swamp would be an artificial construction, a dry dock (hence nails and boards of ships were found), which was later explored to obtain blue clay, extremely expensive to obtain, used in blue color porcelain and even today , very expensive (by volume) when used as a facial treatment. As Roman numerals are expressed in straight lines, it is much more easy to mark numbers in hard surface than to use Arabic numerals, most of them in round format (2,3,5,8,9,0) and the typical surprise of the team is only to create a suspense.

EXISTENCE OF COCONUT FIBER- Coconut fiber was very common in ships, to seal cracks in the wooden hull and to pack / cushion loose parts that could damage the wooden hull with the movement of the ship. Thus, the presence of coconut fiber in a port / dry dock should not surprise anyone. They were probably used at random in Smith Cover to cover supposed tunnels, never found.

DRAINS- Rainwater and sea water penetrate the earth through cracks and is stored underground, when it finds less porous rocks, in different levels They are calling water table. These waters dissolve existing salts and form channels, often interconnecting the channels of rainwater and maritime origin. When wells are drilled and reach the level of a water table, they are flooded. At the invitation of Boston area businessman David Mugar, a two-week exploration was conducted in the 10X well area by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1995 (the only scientific, non-private study conducted in the area). After conducting dye tests in the well 10X, the institution concluded that the floods were caused by natural interaction between the island’s water table and tidal pressure, refuting the theory of man-made tunnels. Incidentally, the dye appeared on both Smith Cover and elsewhere in the south of the Island.

STONE OF 90 FEET – This stone was placed in a fireplace in the home of John Smith, one of the three discoverers of the initial well, then covered with wood by the new owner, Graves and later transferred to a bookbinder in Halifax, where it was exposed to raise funds. Strangely, in all these places, no one took a photo or rubbed. There it would have been used in such a way that the inscriptions were destroyed. However, those who saw the stone in the initial display did not see the symbols but only the letters L and A. A copy of the stone’s content appeared much later, provided by Re. A.T. Klempton to Frederick Blair in 1949, who said he received from a professor in the area. The translations of the symbols were as different as “90 feet below 2 million gold coins are buried” and a religious message, in the North African Berber language. Analysis by Stephen M. Mathias, a cryptography expert at IBM, concluded that the inscriptions on the copy provided by Klempton on such a stone correspond to a scam.

OTHER DISCOVERIES ON THE OAK ISLAND SURFACE

1- Lead cross- Without any monetary value at the time it was made, as it was a relic carried by a soldier to protect him on his dangerous journey.
2- Some brooches, one of garnet, semi-precious stone, another of red glass
3- Coins, probably English, showing English activities in the area, probably military
4- Uniform buttons probably English
5- Special nails for ship’s deck in Smith Cover and in the swamp area
6- Samuel Ball weapon plate
7- Timeless pick and other artifacts for tunnel openings
8- Lots of wood in the basement, reflecting the various wells and tunnels drilled in the area
9- Pieces of paper and leather, always implying that they were Shakespeare’s originals when it is known that his originals were burned together with his theater, Globe.

SECOND CONCLUSION- AFTER 220 YEARS OF EXPLORATION, USING THE BEST TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE AT EACH EXPLORATION PHASE AND INVESTMENT OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, NOT A SINGLE PIECE, WHICH COULD BE CONSIDERED PART OF A TREASURE, WAS FOUND IN OAK ISLAND. IN THE LAST 8 YEARS, THE EXPLORATION TURNS IN A TV SHOW AND THE REAL TREASURE NOW, MUCH BIGGER THAN THE INITIALS 2 MILLION OF POUNDS, IS TO KEEP A LARGE AUDIENCE WORLDWIDE, WHICH RESULTS IN PROFITS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IS SO PROFITABLE THAT THE LAGINAS PROMOTED ANOTHER LOOK LIKE SHOW, THE CONFEDERATE GOLD, UNTIL KNOW WITH THE SAME RESULTS: AN ENORMOUS ZERO.