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The Curse of Oak Island: An ancient artifact leads to more theories of Templar Knights

Oak Island team members in a car
Charles Barkhouse, Doug Crowell, and Rick Lagina are excited about heading to today’s dig. Pic credit: History

This week on episode 22 of Season 8 of The Curse of Oak Island, there was more crushing disappointment, but also a mysterious ancient tool which may be more evidence linking the island to the Templar Knights.

On Oak Island, disappointment follows excitement as sure as night follows day, and this episode was no exception. Last week the team were thrilled to find more evidence that an ancient galleon ship might be buried in the swamp, and this week they hoped to dig it up.

Unfortunately, the more Billy Gerhardt’s digger tried to bring up the muddy, soupy clay, the more water kept rushing it. It soon became clear that the guys will need to install a cofferdam to prevent the water from rushing in. They, therefore, decided that digging up the ship will have to wait for the Spring and next season. Gutted.

Gary Drayton keeps uncovering artifacts

However, the guys still managed to uncover some really fascinating artifacts this week, one of which may actually be related to the ship in the swamp. Gary Drayton’s metal detector located what looked like a massive but broken iron bar, which he thought was a ringbolt.

But Aaron Taylor stated that it most likely came off a sailing ship. He also said the object had been subjected to intense burning, which added fuel to the theory that a galleon was burned before being sunk in the swamp.

It was also Gary who came across this week’s other big find; a wooden carpenter’s tool that the guys concluded was a stonemason’s tool. This got the guys all excited because the stonemasons were connected to the shadowy Freemasons who had their origins with the Templar Knights.

The team has previously found symbols associated with the Freemasons on Oak Island, including crosses, triangles, and the letter G, which stands for God or Grand architect.

They had the item carbon dated, and even archaeologist Aaron Taylor was shocked by its age. It was dated from 1632 to 1688, which is an incredible 160 years before the Money Pit was first found.

Stonemason's tool on Oak Island
A stonemason’s tool found on Oak Island. Pic credit: History

A theory on the Templar Knights gets the Oak Island team digging

The find encouraged the guys to call in expert theorist Philip Stevenson so he could tell them more about his belief that Templar Knights buried ancient Christian relics on the island. Stevenson had been working from an old masonic cipher, which he said provided a sort of map to the relics buried on the island.

What’s more, Stevenson said that he had deciphered the symbols and that they should go dig 40 feet down at a particular spot on the eastern side of the island. Surveyor Steve Guptill pointed out that Stevenson’s coordinates corresponded with a spot from the 1988 Barringer Survey, which had indicated precious metals.

As it was only 40 feet down, the team thought, why not have a quick look. Unfortunately, they found absolutely nothing. Still, it was a nice idea.

The end of the season is rapidly closing in; let’s hope the guys can see off the year with one more big find!

The Curse of Oak Island airs at 9/8c on History.

2 thoughts on “The Curse of Oak Island: An ancient artifact leads to more theories of Templar Knights”

  1. Masonic Brotherhood
    We know that the Knights Templar were the predecessors of the Masonic movement. We have many Masonic symbols one being the Masonic Square similar to what was recently found on Oak Island.

    I also believe the “90-Foot” stone has, I believe, Masonic symbols or hieroglyphics which would have been a writing method of the Templars that Freemasonry adapted.

    The sword was a major symbol of the Knights Templars…

    We also know that the Protractor and Carpenter Square are the foundation symbols of Freemasons…

    I have been a believer that whatever was done on Oak Island over time was begun by the Knights Templar and Henry Sinclair of Scotland who are known to have been to America and spent a great deal of time there. I came to this conclusion when I first read the Readers Digest story about Oak Island. Why? The Knights Templars were the only known organization that had the skill and experience tunnelling. The Templars spent years tunnelling in Jerusalem and even had a virtual city below ground where they even kept their horses, and a large water catchment that could sustain them for long periods if Muslims attacked them. We don’t however know what they found during their years of tunnelling in Jerusalem. They also did a great deal of tunnelling in Great Britain before going to Scotland and joining up with Sinclair where they figured out what should be done with the valuable items, they were fortunate to have salvaged from across Europe during the Templar persecution. We also know that the Templars were the wealthiest organization in that era, even more wealthy than kings of that era. We also know that the Templars had a fleet of sailing ships on the coast of Europe. We also know that the Templar’s entire fleet disappeared completely overnight. We know now that there is an ancient ship that was apparently scuttled and sunk and/or burned on Oak Island.

    We also know that a small carpenter’s square was found recently on Oak Island near the ship’s grave. The Freemasons had as their primary organization symbol a Compass and Square. This to me at least is ample proof that the Templars were on Oak Island early and tunneled the island for a number of reasons one of which probably was to safely store the valuable items they found in Jerusalem and elsewhere and would have perhaps lived in the tunnel network year around.

    Underground living is nothing new. In winter then temperatures swing down to zero Fahrenheit and below the underground network of tunnels would remain at something nearer to 58 degrees Fahrenheit…

    Eventually, I believe it will be proven that the Knights Templars and Henry Sinclair of Scotland constructed the underground tunnel network on Oak Island…

    Protractor and Square are original symbols of the Masonic Freemason Order

    “Stonemason’s Tool”
    Carpenter’s Square found recently on Oak Island near the scuttled ship…
    More than likely used by Knights Templar to square timbers and stone in the construction of the Templar’s tunnel system on Oak Island.

    The Architect Compass and Carpenter Square are widely known symbol of the Freemasonry.

    Both the square and compass are architect’s tools and are even today used in Masonic ritual as emblems to teach symbolic lessons to its members.
    My Great Grandfather Isaac Newton Barrs belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Day, Lafayette, Florida USA.

    The architect’s Compass is often seen with the letter “G” in the middle, which stands for “geometry” and/or “God”. The Compass reference to “geometry” was and is still today a powerful science that helps unravel the mysteries and wonders of nature.

    Ancient tradition says the letter “G” placed at the center of the Compass symbol, represents “God” and “Geometry”. Belief in God is the primary requirement in order to become a Freemason; no atheist can be a member of this oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world.

    The compass (to draw circles and arch, which the Templars used in a great deal of their structures and church construction throughout Europe), represents the realm of the spiritual eternity. It is symbolic of the defining and limiting principle, and also of infinite boundaries.

    The find of A “stonemason’s square” encouraged the Oak Island search guys to call in expert theorist Philip Stevenson so he could tell them more about his belief that Templar Knights buried ancient Christian relics on the island. Stevenson had been working from an old masonic cipher, which he said provided a sort of map to the relics buried on the island.

    Stevenson also said that he had deciphered the symbols and that they should go dig 40 feet down at a particular spot on the eastern side of the island. Surveyor Steve Guptill pointed out that Stevenson’s coordinates corresponded with a spot from the 1988 Barringer Survey, which had indicated precious metals.

    As it was only 40 feet down, the team thought, why not have a quick look. Unfortunately, they found absolutely nothing. Still, it was a nice idea.

    But time and land shift has altered Oak Island as it has all terrain on earth. Perhaps there is merit to Mr. Stevenson’s research information and data…

    -Al Barrs albarrs@wfeca.net

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  2. They should have started at the Nolan cross base stone. The four stones comprise the cross and crosses are placed upon an alter. That’s the starting point they missed imo.

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