Last month, we reported on the startling discovery of a Roman ceremonial sword off Oak Island, located on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, radically suggesting that ancient mariners visited North America more than a thousand years before Columbus. While the announcement was largely met with surprise and excitement, many have also questioned the authenticity of the artifact. Here we explore the origins of the mysterious Roman sword.
Discovery of the Roman Sword
The finding of the Roman sword off Oak Island, which was originally announced by Johnston Press and published in The Boston Standard, was revealed 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.
Main: Oak Island, Nova Scotia. Credit: Farhad Vladia / Panoramio. Inset: The Roman sword found in water just off the mysterious Oak Island, Nova Scotia. Credit: investigatinghistory.org and National Treasure Society
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.
According to Pulitzer, a shipwreck, believed to be Roman, was found off Oak Island, and within the wreck a well-preserved Roman ceremonial sword was retrieved.
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.
A close-up of the sword found off Oak Island. Photo courtesy of investigatinghistory.org and National Treasure Society
- Roman Sword discovered off Oak Island radically suggests Ancient Mariners visited New World 1,000 years before Columbus
- The Lost Treasure of Oak Island and the Centuries-Old Quest to Find It
Read more: http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/unraveling-origins-roman-sword-discovered-oak-island-005112#ixzz3waVFYCVr
Follow us: @ancientorigins on Twitter | ancientoriginsweb on Facebook