On the south shore of Nova Scotia ↗️, Canada, one piece of land has become famous for the mystery surrounding its alleged money pit, welcome to Oak Island.
It’s one of 360 island dotting Mahone Bay ↗️, just off the coast of Maine ↗️ in the United States. The island sits in a highly accessible spot to the Atlantic Ocean, making it possible that pirates could have used the area to bury their treasure.
Oak Island’s money pit has become one of the greatest mysteries in modern day history. Most attribute the origins of the Oak Island money pit mystery to the summer of 1795 when teenager Daniel McGinnis saw strange lights that grasped his attention from an island near his parent’s house.
Lee Lamb, an author who wrote about the story, stated that McGinnis went to Oak Island to investigate the source of the lights. Upon searching around, he noticed a 13 feet diameter depression in the forest floor. Further more, he noticed a number of the surrounding oak trees had been removed.
What he found prompted him to investigate further, so he enlisted the help of two of his friends, John Smith and Anthony Vaughan who returned with him to the island to excavate the mysterious shallow hole.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ↗️ described the ”Golden Age of Piracy” to be between 1690 and 1730 when pirates would frequently visit that area, which may have given the trio enough incentive to dig up the island in hopes that they would strike gold and potentially find pirate treasure, if they actually knew of the history in that area.
After excavating two feet down, they discovered a layer of flagstone. After ripping it all up they discovered more dirt, but continued to dig. Following the line with the existing walls, they saw the pit narrow to about seven feet in diameter where they found imprints of pickaxes in the walls.
At 10 feet they discovered a layer of wooden planks that they thought had been used to secure the structure of the pit. After removing them they discovered nothing but an empty hole. McGinnis, Smith and Vaughan continued down another twenty feet to which they were met with another layer of wooden planks.
After removing these to find yet another ditch of soil, they agreed to suspend their excavation project until several weeks later when they returned with tools to dig more efficiently. After ten more feet of digging, only to be met with more wooden incased in the clay of the ground, the three of them decided to admit defeat and the excavation came to a halt.
A few years later, in 1804, it was said that a more experienced mind, Simeon Lynds, joined the excavation project. After more layers of wooden planks and the discovery of charcoal, the team found coconut fibers which weren’t native to the island or anywhere close, but they were used to protect precious cargo onboard ships from places like the Caribbean, which just re-enforced the fantasy of treasure buried further down.
After digging to a depth of 90 feet, they discovered their first ”treasure”. They discovered a stone slab with a mysterious inscription on it:
In 1860, the tablet was deciphered, but as with many thing relating to the Oak Island money pit, there was debate whether it was credible. The translation claimed to say:
”FORTY FEET BELOW TWO MILLION POUNDS ARE BURIED”
The team followed the translation and set their sights on a depth of 130 feet, but after the pit filling with water, their goal became further and further away. As they bucketed the water out, it seems to just refill, as if the pit had been cleverly engineered to prevent anyone retrieving the treasure below.
With finances being quickly eaten up, the team decided to dig another pit parallel to the existing one in order to enter from below, but the water soon leaked into that one as well, finally forcing them to accept defeat.
Over the years, more and more excavations took place, recovering more from the Oak Island money pit, including artifacts that led researchers to believe there was some link between the pit and the Knights Templar. ↗️
The pit still remains a mystery today with the legend of treasure being buried somewhere beneath the mounds of dirt, clay and woods. Unlike Ahmad Shah Durrani’s lost treasure ↗️ or King Montezuma’s Aztec treasure ↗️ that is thought to be in Utah ↗️, the Oak Island pit actually has no proof that anything is or was ever there apart from the artifacts that have been uncovered.
Rick and Marty Lagina, two brothers from Michigan with an interest in the mystery of the Oak Island money pit renewed efforts to excavate the site with advanced machinery film their journey on a popular tv series titled The Curse of Oak Island.↗️
What are your thoughts on the Oak Island Money Pit? Do you think there is a buried treasure that dates back centuries of do you think the thrill-seekers who have dedicated their time and resources are just on a wild goose chase?
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