By Dennis Brooks
I would like to introduce a new theory regarding the treasure of Oak Island, but I need help in sorting out some of the details. There seems to be enough clues available to solve the mystery, but I believe it will take a collective effort. With help from researchers and visitors to the Oak Island community, I think we can solve the problem. If you are an investigator, engineer, or archeologist, please provide facts and constructive criticism as we work to solve the mystery.
We, as investigators, can analyze each fact and interpret it in our own way. Then we can discuss it as a group to see how it contributes to solving the mystery. It is okay to disagree with each other during the investigation. While analyzing the facts, we can try to determine how the pieces of the puzzle fit together. The main goal is to have everyone come together regarding the big picture.
Let’s start with one of the most important facts we know. This will help us get an understanding of what Oak Island looked like in the past. Then we can work forward from there.
Fact: About 10,000 years ago, Oak Island was not an island at all; it was more like a peninsula. This is a fact because the water level around Oak Island was about 45 feet lower than it is today.
We know this fact because of a place call Doggerland. This area, in Northern Europe, is about the size of California. It is a low-lying area that was probably devastated by a tsunami before the sea level rose and covered the area. Now researchers have drawn maps of that lost land. They have sketched out a 10,000-year-old landscape filled with marshes, rivers, lakes, tools, bones, and other artifacts found on the sea floor. The land disappeared under the waves 10,000 years ago.
According to researchers, sea level has risen about 45 feet during the past 10,000 years to cover Doggerland. A 45-foot drop in sea level around Oak Island will give a better picture of the area. Most importantly, the man-made artificial beach on Oak Island will be at sea level again. This will help us understand the purpose it served.
We know this much about the beach because engineers have surveyed the Oak Island area. They found that the people who built the booby traps would have had to build a cofferdam big enough to hold back 45 feet of water in order to build the booby trap system that protects the treasure. With the sea level at 45 feet lower than it is now, it would have been much easier to build the cofferdam before constructing the bobby trap system. They would have been working from mostly dry land.
Given the facts we have available, let’s discuss some of the issues regarding Oak Island when the sea was at a lower level.
1. What would the Oak Island area have looked like 10,000 years ago?
2. Would the booby traps have work as well then as they work now?
3. Could coconut fibers and timbers last 10,000 years without deteriorating and turning to dust?
4. It seems that the artificial beach was made to hide the water delivery system for the traps, but why did they need such a system?
5. Could engineers have built the cofferdam and booby trap system 10,000 years ago?
6. Do the artifacts found there represent the real age of the treasure?
7. Could the Oak Island treasure pit be over 10,000 years old?
Let us hear from you. Do you have other facts we can explore? What do you think about the issues under discussion?