Oak Island – Down in the Garden Shaft

Season 10 of The Curse of Oak Island continues to show new discoveries and theories.

This week on Oak Island they started by showing the start of a new bore hole in the Baby Blob. They also showed the team going back down into the Garden Shaft. At the current bottom of the shaft they have found an old ladder that was probably used in the construction.

Curse of Oak Island, History Channel, Did they find anything?Of course, one thing to remember is that the dig season is already over. They have taken the time to determine how to present things each week to build suspense and keep viewers tuned in.

oak Island, Money Pit, Mahone BayThe broach that was found last week was further analyzed for the exact structure and materials that were used to make it. The red piece in the broach was found to be a rod made of leaded glass. It was said that there was nothing post 1850 found in the analysis, so it is quite old.

The scan of the broach found that it has a fleurdelis pattern which may mean that it came from France or perhaps be Templar related as they used a similar symbol.

It was another week without metal detecting, but at least a previous find was discussed.

Curse of Oak Island, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Near the old stone well they started taking a look at a stone wall along the lot line. Unlike other walls on the island this one is more square and better constructed. A archaeological investigation was started in the area near the wall to see what could be found.

It is interesting to see them use some archeological methods and setting up some test pits to methodically removing layers of soil and other material. One thing that was interesting was that they found some charcoal and then handled it with bare hands. This is a no-no on a dig if the charcoal is to be sent for Carbon 14 dating. Instead the charcoal or other item is handled just with a trowel or other item and wrapped in foil to protect it from modern contamination. Perhaps it is not as important for more recent dates.

They also discovered a large tree growing out of or along the wall which could give an idea of the age of the wall. They plan on taking core samples of the this tree and others in the area to find the age of the tree and to also expand their dendrochronology database.

oak island, curse of oak lsland, satellite, money pitThe bore hole found a void at about 90 feet below the surface which is possibly a tunnel heading toward the Garden Shaft. They pulled up the core and found a lot of wood. A piece was taken for testing and then they decided to drop a camera down into the bore hole.

Unfortunately the water was too cloudy to see anything at the bottom of the bore hole. I am curious as to why they didn’t then drop down the probe they have used earlier to look at returning echos to map out the void.

However, the void seems to line up with other voids they have found and it may be a tunnel that leads toward the Garden Shaft.

The piece of wood collected from the bore hole was tested with the XRF and it was found to contain a very small trace of Gold which was not expected.

In the preview of the next episode they showed continued work on the Garden Shaft. They showed them drilling off to the side with some excitement as the drilling brought something back. The world Gold was mentioned again as another bore hole was being sunk and Emma said she detected Gold again. We will find out exactly where in the next episode. There was also speculation that perhaps evidence about the deposition was hidden in the mysterious rock wall.

The title of the next episode is ‘Striking Gold’ so it looks like it will be interesting next week.

Have they finally found Gold that they can hold in their hand instead of just trace amounts in the water and wood?

Steven

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2 Responses to Oak Island – Down in the Garden Shaft

    • vanbraman says:

      It does look similar, but they definitely are different. Just a standard ladder that is used to get in and out of an excavation. These are usually made with scrap lumber so it looks a bit rough.

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