DATELINE: Season 5 Puzzles
Move over, Greed
History buffs had a night to confound and impress with the latest fifth season episodes of The Curse of Oak Island.
Every wild theory found more evidence for its support and together all the most shocking hints combined to create a true treasure trove.
Oh, there were the usual dead ends: finding a large square of earth that hinted at a treasure chest was immediately set upon by the hunters—only to reveal a big hole with nothing in it. The conclusion of the treasure seekers was that something was there once, but had been dug up and removed back in the distant past. They suggest it was black American expatriate Sam Ball who died in 1846 after becoming wealthy.
Adding to the general weirdness was another historian who revealed that Sir Francis Drake might be buried on Oak Island in a metal coffin filled with preservative mercury. The remains of the privateer of the first Queen Elizabeth has never been found. Might the metal pieces discovered belong to his casket?
On top of that, so to speak, is the shoe leather, later revealed through microscopic examination to be bookbinding. Did Drake’s close associate, Francis Bacon, bury secret and unknown Shakespearean manuscripts on Oak Island? That too is now in play.
Two distinct and separate human bones discovered at 160 feet below the ground in the same place were from two different men: one European—and one from the Middle East, according to DNA. Middle Eastern body parts suggest Knights Templar and the long lost Ark of the Covenant—and perhaps other relics of the New Testament, which would alter history.
All these weird details hint at a treasure trove of unmitigated mystery coming closer to solution and discovery.
This leaves greedy sorts who want only gold of the Aztecs on the periphery of the treasure hunt.
Of course, everything is in shards and tatters, perhaps destroyed by hunting techniques that have left them unprotected two hundred feet below the surface.
We shall see if history is about to be upended.