Tonight I watched the two hour season premier of The Curse of Oak Island. This is the sixth season of the series on the History Channel.
This year it looks like a lot of things will be happening on Oak Island. The intro into the episode tonight showed a lot of highlights from later in the season and it will be interesting to see how they get to those points in the show.
This year they will be using some new technology and also be constructing a large coffer dam to investigate Smith’s Cove. They showed footage of the completed coffer dam in the intro and it is impressive.
I like this show for the mix of the mystery, archaeology, technology and history. It definitely wanders all over the place, so it also appeals to me for that 🙂
One of the coolest things they will be doing this year is using shock-wave tomography to hunt for features underground. This technology has been used for decades in oil and gas exploration, but has been refined for use in smaller areas.
The summer before last I observed a very manual version of this technology being used at our dig site at Lachish in Israel. See: Manual Shock-Wave Tomography
At Lachish they used a sledge hammer to produce shock-waves, but at Oak Island they will be using small dynamite charges that are electronically triggered.
Tonight on the first episode of The Curse of Oak Island they ran a trial across an area with a known tunnel and found it in the results. They have also given a sneak peak of later results in the intro and it looks like they will definitely find something big. The big question however is how will they act on the data that they collect.
I will definitely be watching the show this year to see what they find.