The Curse of Oak Island preview: New theory shows Nolan’s cross pointing to the garden shaft

Rick Lagina in an interview
Rick Lagina is really excited to get underground at the Money Pit. Pic credit: History

On The Curse of Oak Island this week, the team prepares to open up the garden shaft as a new theory suggests that Nolan’s cross has been pointing to the garden shaft all this time.

It’s pretty much all happening at the garden shaft these days. The water samples buried underground show precious metals are buried in the area, and the team has pinpointed at least a couple of tunnels that appear to be heading in its direction.

That’s why it was so frustrating when the Dumas mining company was prevented from excavating the shaft. However, thankfully, the permits have been approved, and they will recommence work this week.

That means that very soon, the guys will get the chance to walk around underground in the Money Pit area.

In the meantime, viewers can expect to learn about a theory regarding Nolan’s cross and the garden shaft. Nolan’s cross is a large stone formation consisting of six boulders in the shape of a Christian cross.

The boulders are up to nine feet in height, and the whole structure is hundreds of feet wide and long.

There have been a few theories about why the feature exists; some suspect it simply demarcated a border, while others have speculated that it may be a marker for the Templar Knights.

Nolan’s cross could point to the garden shaft

On tonight’s episode, we shall see another expert theorist in the War Room, and he will tell us why he thinks Nolan’s cross points to the garden shaft. In a preview, the expert says there are “four lines measured from Nolan’s cross perfectly intersecting at the garden shaft.”

The expert has a helpful diagram to illustrate his point, but we’ll have to wait for tonight’s episode to hear the full theory fleshed out.

A diagram of Nolan's cross and the garden shaft
A diagram showing how Nolan’s cross might interact with the garden shaft. Pic credit: History

The History Channel episode synopsis confirms the above:

“As the Fellowship prepares to get a team member underground in the Money Pit for the first time, a new theory emerges suggesting that Nolan’s Cross holds the secret to its exact location.”

Oak Island archaeologists drain the well on Lot 26

Also, on tonight’s episode, the archaeologists start draining the water from the mysterious well on Lot 26. This well has caught the guys’ attention for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s in an odd place, right by the seashore, and secondly, Rick Lagina said it didn’t freeze over during at least one winter, despite all the snow and ice.

Thirdly, Ian Spooner said he found evidence of silver in the water, and finally, he reckoned it could be up to 800 years old.

The archaeologists, led by Laird Niven, have decided to get to the bottom of this mystery, quite literally. Tonight, they’ll be draining the water to find out what’s down there, who built it, and why.

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

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1 year ago

I believe they nailed it using Nolans Cross. If you notice all the numbers they used if you add the numerals up they result in the sacred number 9 except the 288 number which added up equals 18 divided by 2 equals 9. Google the sacred number 9 or look on youtube.

Don Clark
Don Clark
1 year ago

While all the distances in feet come out nicely to the so called sacred numbers, It is highly doubtful that whoever built the cross used modern day English measurements. Any other unit of measurement would likely not have yielded the sacred numbers.

Wade Lippman
Wade Lippman
1 year ago

They measured the cross in modern “feet”. Old “feet” varied widely, but the medieval French “foot” was about 10% long then ours. The Knights Templars were so clever that they used our measurements to construct their monuments. Amazing

1 year ago

Actually, this is Not a New theory. The was a graphic made around 2018 that illustrated the intersection near what was to become “The Garden Shaft” from the top of the Cross. It wasn’t correlated to anything specific at the time.