Season 9 of The Curse of Oak Island is well underway. The episode tonight showed them digging again in the swamp.They brought in a long reach excavator that allows them to dig deeper into the swamp. Tonight they found a large tree stump that may point to the swamp being artificially made.
They also found several pieces of wood that have some interesting marks on them that may show evidence of them being worked with tools.
They also showed a bit more from the drilling survey in the Money Pit area. It looks like they may have found a shaft. Is it the original Money Pit shaft, or perhaps another know shaft that may point to the location of the original shaft?
It seems that they are getting closer to making a decision as to where to place the first large can that will allow them to bring up large amounts of material from a promising location.
Some more metal detecting was done in the area where they believe the hatch on the old French map is located. They found an old adze that is most likely from the 1600’s. The question is what was it doing at this location on Oak Island.
The preview for the next episode shows more excitement of finds in the drilling program and also more pieces of wood found in the swamp. Are these pieces of wood more evidence of a ship in the swamp?
I am skeptical of the reliance of carbon dating on some of the metal items found. I say this because just because an adze or spike was forged at one time (say 1720) doesn’t mean it wasn’t lost or discarded 100+ years later. Tools and weapons could be passed down for generations before being lost, damaged and discarded, or rendered obsolete and scrapped. Same with buttons and buckles.
Carbon dating is not performed on metal items as they are non-organic. You do make a good point about how long tools and other objects are used. This is why in archaeology multiple dating methods are used and they look at all the evidence from a site.
Find a Portuguese historian to translate the stone tablet.