DATELINE: Yo-ho-ho and a Bottle of Rum
Actor Robert Newton as Your Standard Pirate in Treasure Island
Curse of Oak Island began to tantalize in strange and mysterious ways in the fifth episode of the fifth season.
If something has to give eventually, and secrets are the least valuable something buried by someone, we are about to have an epiphany this season.
Our favorite Australian metal seeker used one of his most powerful tools to uncover a 17th century spike on an odd stretch of beach on the island: the consensus concluded that it was used on a wharf or docking platform on the clear stretch of shore. By whom and why, we do not yet know.
Though hampered by dangerous equipment failure previously, the new safety measures allowed resumption of deep digging. White-gloved in a library dig, Alex Lagina and Charles Barkhouse dug into historical documents that indicated a different direction of the early tunnel system—which caused modifications in the dredging scheme.
The upshot of the search on this week’s show was that something significant was coming up from depths unheard of in previous searches.
At nearly 200 feet, pieces of pottery or porcelain was found. Though they joked it was a smashed teapot, the fact puzzled archeologist Niven who placed it, off-hand, in late 1700s—somewhat before the earliest treasure hunts.
Further compounding the importance of discoveries, pieces of something dense was located: presumed to be human bone at 165 feet. It is a rather deep plot for a burial. If you consider the old myths of putting a dead man with a buried treasure, you may have an imaginative conclusion that defies fanciful.
Can it be that our long, impatient process may yield something to sate greed and curiosity both?
Okay, we are more hooked than ever on our vicarious, armchair treasure hunt.