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It is one of the news of the moment, the discovery of a Roman sword on Oak Island, south of Nova Scotia, in Canada, could rewrite history and confirm that there were Roman sailors who visited North America more than 1,000 years before Christopher Columbus did so "officially".
As several media have revealed, this finding is part of a History Channel show The Curse of Oak Island, where the great efforts made by two brothers who want to solve an enigma related to a supposed treasure that would be hidden on this island are narrated.
This is not something that is new but it all began in the year 1795, when a 16-year-old man named Daniel McGinnis saw lights on the island, which made him dare to discover what those lights were about.
Reportedly, the investigations of this young man allowed him discover a hollow in the southern part of the island and a tree that had strange marks. It was not long until McGinnis himself returned with his friends John Smith and Anthony Vaughan to investigate and excavate in the area, although they stopped doing so when they had been 10 meters, but not before having found themselves slabs, logs and remains that the same area had been excavated previously.
It is said that this could be the Edward Teach treasure, known as Blackbeard, or Captain William Kidd among others. Others claim that it could be the treasure of a Spanish galleon and even British troops during the American Revolution.
Over the years, investigations were continued, the last of the most important being in 1959 until the vicissitudes of fate discovered a kind of ceremonial sword that may be Roman and that could completely change not only the history of this island but of the entire New World.
The team led by Hutton Pullitzer was in charge of discovering the sword and declared that it was found a long time ago, but that everything was kept secret for fear that the Government of Nova Scotia would claim it since the law prohibits keeping treasures, objects found in shipwrecks, etc.
The relatives of the one who discovered the sword, made the decision to give it up for investigation. The object was subjected to an X-ray fluorescence analyzer, which revealed that it has metallic properties as well as traces of lead and arsenic, something that matches most Roman artifacts.
As Pullitzer himself stated, we know where the much-talked-about possible treasure is and we know its exact area, although this is a very sensitive matter given that obtaining permits from Nova Scotia to send a team of archaeologists is quite difficult, although he announced that they have no doubt that a Roman Empire ship can be found in the area, which if true would rewrite history as we know it today.
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