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Main: Featured image: Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Inset: The Roman sword found in water just off the mysterious Oak Island, Nova Scotia.

Roman Sword discovered off Oak Island radically suggests Ancient Mariners visited New World 1,000 years before Columbus

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Researchers investigating the mysterious Oak Island, located on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, have made a startling announcement regarding the discovery of a Roman ceremonial sword and what is believed to be a Roman shipwreck, radically suggesting that ancient mariners visited North America more than a thousand years before Columbus.

Evidence of the finding, which was exclusively revealed to Johnston Press and published in The Boston Standard, was uncovered by researchers involved in The History Channel’s series Curse of Oak Island, which details the efforts of two brothers from Michigan as they attempt to solve the mystery of the Oak Island treasure and discover historical artifacts believed to be concealed on the island.

J. Hutton Pulitzer, lead researcher and historic investigator, along with academics from the Ancient Artifact Preservation Society, have compiled a paper on the finding, which is scheduled to be published in full in early 2016.

The Mystery of Oak Island

Oak island is home to one of the biggest treasure hunts in history, which began in in 1795, when 18-year old Daniel McGinnis saw lights coming from the island. Out of curiosity, he went searching for the lights and discovered a clearing on the southeastern end of the island. Within the clearing was a circular depression, and nearby a tackle block hung from a tree. McGinnis and several friends returned to the area and began excavating the depression. A few feet beneath the surface, they discovered a layer of flagstone, and the pit walls had markings from a pick. Approximately every ten feet (3 m) they dug, they found a layer of logs. After excavating to thirty feet beneath the surface, McGinnis and his friends abandoned the excavation without ever finding anything of significance.

Digs and Buildings, Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 1931.

Digs and Buildings, Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 1931. (Wikimedia Commons)

Reports of the boys’ efforts were published in several printed works. Eight years later, the Onslow Company sailed to the area to try to recover the supposed treasure, that was assumed to lie hidden at the base of the pit. Based on the written accounts of the boys, the Onslow Company attempted an excavation of what was now referred to as the “Money Pit.”  However, they were eventually forced to abandon their efforts due to flooding.

Numerous searches of the pit continued over the next two centuries, but they have been continually plagued with difficulties including collapses and flooding within the pit. The entire island has been searched for treasure, and is continued today by Marty and Rick Lagina, as chronicled on Curse of Oak Island.

Startling Discovery – A Roman Sword

While most treasure hunters have ended up empty handed, a recent revelation points to an incredible, and possibly history-changing, finding.  A shipwreck, believed to be Roman, was found off Oak Island, and within the wreck a well-preserved Roman ceremonial sword was retrieved. 

The Roman sword found just off Oak Island.

The Roman sword found just off Oak Island. Photo courtesy of and National Treasure Society

Pulitzer told the Boston Standard that the sword was hauled onto a fishing boat decades ago, but was kept secret because the finder and his son feared they would be punished due to strict laws in Nova Scotia regarding retrieving treasures from shipwrecks. 

However, relatives of the finder, who is now deceased, recently came forward to reveal the precious sword to researchers. 

Pulitzer carried out tests on the sword, using an XRF analyser, which revealed that the sword contained the same metallic properties, with traces of arsenic and lead, that match other Roman artifacts.

“The shipwreck is still there and has not been worked,” said Pulitzer [via The Boston Standard]. “We have scanned it, we know exactly where it lays, but it will be a touchy thing for the Nova Scotia government to allow an archaeological team to survey it. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is Roman.”

A close-up of the sword found off Oak Island.

A close-up of the sword found off Oak Island. Photo courtesy of and National Treasure Society

Evidence to Support Roman Presence

In an attempt to dismiss skeptics, who may suggest the artifact had simply fallen off the side of a boat in more recent times, Pultizer and his team have dug up numerous other pieces of evidence to support the theory that the Romans made it to the New World more than 1,000 years before Christopher Columbus. These include:

  • Petroglyphs carved on cave walls and boulders in Nova Scotia by the indigenous Mi’kmaq people, which depict what Pulitzer’s team believe to be Roman soldiers marching with their swords, and Roman ships.
  • The Mi’kmaq people carry a rare DNA marker, which can be traced to the eastern Mediterranean region. 
  • Fifty words in the Mi’kmaq language that are nautical terms used by mariners from Roman times.
  • An invasive species of plant (Berberis Vulgaris) growing on Oak Island and in Halifax, which was once used by Romans to season their food and prevent scurvy on their voyages.
  • A Roman legionnaire’s whistle found on Oak Island in 1901
  • A metal ‘boss’ from the center of a Roman shield found in Nova Scotia in the mid-1800s
  • Gold Roman Carthage coins found on the mainland near Oak Island
  • Two carved stones on Oak Island that Pulitzer says displays a language from the ancient Levant.

Roman shield 'boss' like the one found in Nova Scotia, representative image only

Roman shield 'boss' like the one found in Nova Scotia, representative image only (public domain)

“When you put all these things together and you look at the anomalies, it’s not a coincidence,” Pultizer told the Boston Standard. “The plants, the DNA, the artifacts, the language, the ancient drawings - you have something that deserves to be taken seriously.”

Professor Carl Johannessen, formerly of the University of Oregon, who is also involved in the research, says the findings challenge the orthodoxy of 1492 as the date when the New World was ‘discovered’.

While it has long been suggested that other ancient civilizations reached the New World before Columbus, including the Vikings, Chinese, and Greeks, this is the first set of compelling findings to suggest Roman mariners made it North America over a millennium ago.

Pultizer says it is time to rewrite the history books.

Featured image: Main: Featured image: Oak Island, Nova Scotia. Credit: Farhad Vladia / Panoramio. Inset: The Roman sword found in water just off the mysterious Oak Island, Nova Scotia. Credit: and National Treasure Society

By: April Holloway



I too was one engulfed in the mystery of Oak Island …. However, after performing some research, the mystery to me was resolved. Nova Scotia is historical for Gold mining and Oak Island is right in the middle of such mining operations.

The draft around Smiths cove is far too shallow to support any well laden Brig of the day, therefore anything which occurred there is related to shallow draft. It’s my opinion that Oak Island was yet another Gold mining operation.
This theory of a mine is supported by the discoveries of historical artifacts found on the island and through deep boring and digging activites

The wooden materials brought up from the “Money Pit” fit to a tee what one would assume to find from an historical mining operation, up to and including the presence of Human bone. What are termed box drains, could have just as easily been a mining shaft ventilation system. Tracing that to its point of origin would provide more conclusive evidence… However, the fact the box drain ends were covered might indicate that they were equally exposed initially and became covered as a result of an historical storm which damaged the island and covered over the constructed vent system.
With the vent system badly damaged, further mining for Gold on the island would have been too dangerous. I would imagine that whomever the bone fragment belongs to which was acquired a extreme depts, is part of the remains of a mining worker.

Look at the items discovered in an around the island, which state its location was well known for thousands of years….
Roman artifacts (shipwreck and related items)
Knights Templar Artifacts
British Military Artifacts
Early sailing ship Artifacts (nails and boards and such)

The bits of the puzzle fit more nicely around the theory of mining operations, related to gold being discovered in Nova Scotia, as opposed to the idea of a pirates treasure or a Knights Templar Treasure.

The theme is simple, why we complicate?
All religions were invented by capitalists
dispute between the people and have nothing to do with God - it even today gives us equally light, air and water - for free!

Bulgarians are known to not prizntavat term slavery. The only people who did not apply this practice, the violence of man by man!

Why 800 years after Christ's death, it was called ... The second Orpheus?
Where was born Orpheus - in Bulgaria in the Rhodope Mountains! and why today is silent on the principles of science Orfeizam - just, humanitarian law to people and nature across Eurasia?
Who won by religious lies, wars and killings over the last 2000 years? Display it.

Another historical fact that no where to learn apart from the Bulgarians and the history of their civilization, Thracian sailor Dionysus carries Bulgarian Veda speech in India and it is the basis for science Ayurveda 4000 years ago. So sword of illustration is not Roman and Thracian or Bulgarian!
The Balkan prince Aeneas landed 20 ships of the Apennine poluostrof and built capital laurentum 800 years before there Latins or Rome - check!

I'll share another historical truth which secretly and methodically deleted - spend a lot of money over the last 500 years and does not reach the official science - mankind:
Bulgarian civilization Idel is more than 33,000 years, inherited culturally - technology, science, Navigation, Architecture, 4 alphabets of the Thracian civilization throughout Eurasia.
Huge sea of ​​people and peoples - live today, began in Celts
Ireland, Scotland and reached ...
Japan, on all continents is widespread Balkan redheaded genome!
Bulgaria is the only country kept the name, tradition today with the help of God, not by accident!

My people today live in a proven genocide before the International Court of Justice in Luxembourg and disasters - robbed of 9 Masonic lodges and secret Jewish policy!
Fastest disappearing nation in the world with negative growth more brutal than in Africa !!! Check the statistics.

Bulgarians are the most ancient genome of this planet - robbed with impunity by criminal capital and interests!

People and nations around the globe, we call upon you for help with global publicity - today millennial Bulgarian spirit and culture needs support! Help us reparations for genocide 72 years - returning stolen from criminal Socialist mafia!
And 500 years genocide by Turkey, robbed all our antiquities, ruined architecture and libraries, dealing in human trafficking from Bulgaria so ever - with impunity! And in Bulgarian Museums see artifacts under the name Ottoman! Lie to you.

Today, in academic science has design, ornaments and antiques Ottoman, Persian, Byzantine, Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Armenian, BUT! not ... Bulgarian - a single line of Bulgarian Renaissance preceding the European one with nearly 1,000 years ago - why this historical fact was deleted ?!
Without freedom, return of stolen cultural national treasures - is it possible justice for my people? Yes or no?

I may have mentioned it before in another post, but I strongly recommend reading "The Haven Finding Art" by E.G.R Taylor if you want an extremely thorough classic mid-120th century account of voyaging techniques and achievements from the earliest times. Its under $15 on Amazon or other sites with free shipping.

Hello, ladies and gentlemen!
Have you heard of Bulgarian civilization throughout Eurasia name Idel, aged at least 7500 years? Because at this age is Bulgarian, absolute calendar - the most accurate at all!
Its territory is the city of Ilium - Troy, for which there was a dispute between several kings described accurately by the Bulgarian Homer. The dispute ended with the invasion of Jewish pirates who quickly usurped large area of ​​weary Bulgarians and killed local, redheaded population - they killed Aristotle, Archimedes, and other proven genius of Bulgarian civilization. They called themselves Greeks and that is why to this day have no geniuses of the same rank - they have the same genome ...
Talking about the fact that one of the Bulgarian princes - Aeneas with his people and 20 ships touring the Mediterranean long is new territory for his people of the Apennine peninsula 800 BC on... And built a city-state with its capital Laurendum. Which means that the Latin and Roman culture and Rome are also on the basis of Bulgarian civilization. Right?
Today, academia silent for Bulgarians and Bulgaria is the only one in the world, retains its name today! Check.
... Legendary oreplavateli pelazgi with Dionysus Bulgarians travel the seas and oceans come to Vietnam, China, Intoneziya, Taiwan, Korea and Japan - also in India 4000 BC on.. Is. Bulgarian Veda - the word and it is the Source treatise on Ayurveda. And check.
The ancient Mayan civilization in Mexico and today locals use Bulgarian, weaving technology and ornaments - traditional handicrafts prove it undeniable.
To date Bulgarian octagon Kolo is a lodestar for all sailors and used in the most ancient architecture!
Now you became clear why this sword is Bulgarian? Yes or no?

The fact that the sword of sampson was found at oak island is primarily a clue.
Sampson, an old testament character, was a nazorean. But there was no city called Nazareth at his time.
So, trying to be clear....
There are currently over 34,000 separate Christian groups that have been identified throughout the world. Most are independent churches.

At the time of Jesus, there were three distinct Essenian groups that played important roles in his life, and their religious practices and spiritual theology mirror in his teachings. Some of these peoples had their strength in that they were called nazorean/esseane.
They were:

The Theraputae of Egypt; where the infant Christ and his family fled during Herods rein.The Essenes of Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls), the strict, celibate monastery of which John the Baptist was a part.The Nazarenes of Mount Carmel, the cooperative family village where Jesus lived and studied.

Josephus and other classic writers tell us of the Essenes and their intense appreciation for the inspired Law of God and that they "strove to be like the angels of heaven." They also opposed slavery, the sacrificing of animals and the eating of flesh. In other words, they were vegan.

Their highest aim was to become fit temples of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor 6:19), to be healers and perform cures, especially spiritual cures, and to be spiritually qualified as forerunners of the Messiah, the latter being the primary spiritual focus of the Nazarenes of Mount Carmel. But only one man was chosen to be called, "the way". He and sampson both were called nazorean. They wore long hair.
Sampson's strength was not in his hair, but his strength failed him when he was seduced by a pagan (Delilah).


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April Holloway is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. For privacy reasons, she has previously written on Ancient Origins under the pen name April Holloway, but is now choosing to use her real name, Joanna Gillan.

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