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Roman sword allegedly found off Oak Island

December 17, 2015 | Comment icon 83 comments



Did the Romans beat Columbus to the Americas ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Rennett Stowe
A remarkable new find has suggested that the Romans may have visited North America 2,000 years ago.
Located on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, Oak Island has long remained a place of mystery and intrigue. Its most prominent enigma, a strange booby-trapped shaft known as the Money Pit, has claimed the lives of many who have sought to unravel its secrets.

Now however researchers lead by historic investigator J. Hutton Pulitzer claim to have discovered evidence that it was actually the Romans who first set foot on the island having arrived there almost 1,500 years before Christopher Columbus set out on his voyage to the Americas.

The claim centers around the finding of what is believed to be a Roman shipwreck off the coast of the island and a Roman sword that was recovered from the water within its vicinity.
"Some years ago, a man and his son were scalloping off Oak Island, which sees them hang a rake-like object off the back of their boat," said Pulitzer. "When they brought this up, the sword came up with it. They thought they were going to get into trouble due to restrictions in Nova Scotia which made all private shipwreck diving for treasure outlawed. So they freaked out about it."

The man passed the sword on to his wife when he died and then from there it went to his daughter before eventually ending up in the hands of her husband who decided to come forward with it.

According to Pulitzer, the sword's metallic properties match those of genuine Roman weapons and the shipwreck from which it allegedly came still remains untouched at the bottom of the sea.

"We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is Roman," he said. "I think this is the single most important discovery for the Americas - an event that will re-write history."

Source: Boston Standard | Comments (83)


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Comment icon #74 Posted by Jungleboogie 7 years ago
Besides, while it's true that humans could prepare for the journey ahead of time like you say, they wouldn't do so without having a destination in mind. Any civilization which funds exploration would not necessarily have a destination. The very nature of exploration is 'into the unknown'. 35 million years ago (and that's only the earliest fossils we have found so far,) Africa was significantly closer to South America. Check the distance from the Canary Islands to Tyre, heck even to Carthage. Not much for resupply points between the Canary Islands and Carthage. Any trade ship leaving the Canari... [More]
Comment icon #75 Posted by Jarocal 7 years ago
35 million years ago (and that's only the earliest fossils we have found so far,) Africa was significantly closer to South America. Besides, while it's true that humans could prepare for the journey ahead of time like you say, they wouldn't do so without having a destination in mind. Humans could have drifted here by accident like we believe monkeys did, but it's far less likely they would survive the trip, or even survive as easily as monkeys would in the wilds of South America. Harte Maybe monkeys were an ambulatory meat locker for exploration similar to how Spanish Conquistadors traveled wi... [More]
Comment icon #76 Posted by Harte 7 years ago
Other monkeys? Harte
Comment icon #77 Posted by Jarocal 7 years ago
Other monkeys? Harte oddly I pictured a group of monkeys adrift on a raft singing Nathaniel Rateliff's "S.O.B." during the crossing...
Comment icon #78 Posted by bubblykiss 7 years ago
Well here is some more news on this developing story http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/more-evidence-ancient-romans-may-have-made-it-oak-island-canada-005233
Comment icon #79 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Well here is some more news on this developing story http://www.ancient-o...d-canada-005233 Arggg... Mr Pulizer has one excuse after another doesn't he? Chemical test shows it more then likely is a modern cast replica, but Pulizer found one mine where the Romans might have pulled ore that matches (almost) the sword, so that is the only explanation? May times I like to play Devil's Advocate, but really, this guy isn't having some fun online, he's trying to be serious. He expects people to buy his BS reasoning. That he's severed himself from the Oak Island TV show is very much for the better for... [More]
Comment icon #80 Posted by poohbear 7 years ago
Sounds like Von Daniken in the old days writing his own theories as facts.....and failing.
Comment icon #81 Posted by KolchacktheNightStalker 7 years ago
Arggg... Mr Pulizer has one excuse after another doesn't he? Chemical test shows it more then likely is a modern cast replica, but Pulizer found one mine where the Romans might have pulled ore that matches (almost) the sword, so that is the only explanation? May times I like to play Devil's Advocate, but really, this guy isn't having some fun online, he's trying to be serious. He expects people to buy his BS reasoning. That he's severed himself from the Oak Island TV show is very much for the better for that show. He has lost credibility with the History channel from his behavior. Did not thin... [More]
Comment icon #82 Posted by Everdred 7 years ago
Well here is some more news on this developing story http://www.ancient-o...d-canada-005233 He's all over the place. Any similarity to anything from any time in the Ancient Mediterranean and Europe is being used as evidence for Roman contact. That's not how things work. If you find Proto-Sinaitic (and they didn't), you can't connect that to Rome. Doesn't work. There's a huge gulf in time between the usage of that and Roman culture (and the Roman itself was a distant descendant of Proto-Sinaitic, definitely not a contemporary).
Comment icon #83 Posted by questionmark 7 years ago
As I always say: It is not important that you find something, what is important is the context you found it in, and to illustrate that I always link to this Time Team episode:


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