Marty and Alex Lagina will travel to England where they will make stunning new connections between the Oak Island mystery and the Knights Templar that support the theory of the late author Zena Halpern that the medieval religious order really may have buried treasure on the island more than seven centuries ago.
New search locations on the island will also feature heavily in Season 10 as a possible 12th century structure is investigated on Lot 26. The team will also acquire the long-coveted Lot 5, located in the middle of the island. Previously owned by the late Robert Young, Lot 5 produced many finds over the years for the former partner of the late Fred Nolan including centuries old coins and carved rocks of mysterious origin. And as the team investigates, they will make finds that could push the timeline of the mystery back further than anyone could have imagined.
The Curse of Oak Island follows brothers Marty and Rick Lagina, originally from Kingsford, Michigan, through their efforts to find the speculated treasure or historical artifacts believed to be on Oak Island. The series discusses the history of the island, recent discoveries, theories, and earlier investigations of the site. Areas of interest include the "money pit", Borehole 10-X, Smith's Cove, Site 2, "Nolan's Cross", the "Hatch", and the "Swamp".
The Lagina brothers became fascinated with the island after reading the January 1965 issue of Reader's Digest magazine that features an article on the Restall family's work to investigate the so-called "money pit". Marty and Rick obtained a controlling interest in Oak Island Tours, which reportedly owns most of the island. The brothers were later approached by Prometheus Entertainment to do a reality show. Rick and Marty have engaged the assistance of father-and-son Dan and Dave Blankenship, permanent residents of the island who have likewise been searching for treasure since the 1960s. Dan Blankenship died on March 17, 2019, at age 95.
The series explores various Oak Island theories and conjectures through conversations with independent researchers. Persons featured have included Zena Halpern discussing her theory about North African gold and sharing copies of a French map of the island that she claims is dated 1347, J. Hutton Pulitzer discussing his theory of ancient mariner visitations, Petter Amundsen discussing his theory about codes hidden in Shakespearean literature and a secret project involving Sir Francis Bacon and the Rosicrucians, Daniel Ronnstam discussing his theory about the 90-foot stone being a dual cypher containing instructions on how to defeat the money pit flood tunnels with corn, authors Kathleen McGowen and Alen Butler discussing their theory involving the fabled Knights Templar treasure and an alleged relocation of historical religious artifacts to the island, and John O'Brien discussing his theory that the island contains treasures of the Aztec Empire. It has also been suggested by Zena Halpern, without evidence, that the Templars worshipped the Phoenician goddess Tanit.
Initially, the cast consisted of a core group including Rick, Marty and Alex Lagina, Dan and Dave Blankenship, Craig Tester, Jack Begley, Dan Henskee, Charles Barkhouse and Peter Fornetti. Over time, the Oak Island team has expanded. Some specialists who have been brought to the island for specific purposes, such as Terry Matheson, Laird Niven and Gary Drayton, have joined the team as full time members.
For a long time, people have WONDERed whether Oak Island is cursed. Why? Well, a lot of bad luck has befallen the people who go there. Over the years, there have been disastrous floods, serious injuries, and even fatalities. Why would anyone go to Oak Island? To search for buried treasure, of course!
Oak Island is a tree-covered island on the south shore of Nova Scotia that has intrigued treasure hunters for more than 200 years. It is believed that the island is hiding one of the greatest treasures of all time, but no one has been able to find it. Enter Rick and Marty Lagina, brothers from Michigan who have bought the rights to much of the island to try to solve the mystery. The two use modern technology and good old American know-how to look for the treasure. But it won't be easy as the search is expensive and dangerous -- several people have died trying to strike it rich on Oak Island, inspiring the titular curse. The Laginas hope to avoid the curse long enough to find the treasure before they run out of money... or worse.
The show follows brothers Marty and Rick Lagina as they hunt for centuries-old hidden treasure supposed to be buried on the island, but guarded by a curse that claims the lives of those looking for the treasure.
Oak Island is a small piece of privately-owned land in Nova Scotia. It is one of around 360 small islands in the Mahone Bay. The island is only 660 feet from the mainland and easily reached via a causeway and gate. Despite this, Oak Island is a remote place with zero residents either living on the island or close by.
The place has always been a popular destination for hunters of historical artifacts and treasure. Since the 1700s it has been rumored that the feared pirate Captain Kidd buried at least some of his plundered wealth on the island. These rumors have gained credence in recent years as foreign objects such as non-native coconut fiber have been found there.
For those unfamiliar with the long-running History Channel program, The Curse of Oak Island, follows Rick and Marty Lagina, two brothers from Michigan, who have purchased an island located off of the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.
Legend has it that in 1795 a group of boys discovered a strange, man-made hole on the island. As the group began to dig, they quickly uncovered artifacts that suggested Oak Island might be the location of an ancient treasure that would grant those brave enough to discover it unimaginable wealth.
The lead cross is shown to author and self-proclaimed Jesus descendant Kathleen McGowan, one of the show's leading proponents of the theory that the island was used by the Knights Templar to hide a vast treasure. She claims that the knights would often smuggle gold jewelry by encasing it in lead, which leads to a brief bout of gold fever in the team. McGowan then attempts to draw a dubious connection between the French town Sarlat-la-Caneda, a purported Templar hangout, and the nation of Canada, as if its very name were a clue pointing the way to Nova Scotian treasure.
Appropriate for an island covered in sinkholes and money pits, the metaphorical ground often falls out from under the Lagina brothers' feet, where supposed major finds turn out to be nothing special. It happens so often that one can't help but feel a little jerked around. So it goes in this mid-Season 6 episode which is full of possibilities, especially concerning a stone recovered in the previous episode and inscribed with what might by Viking runes. A runic expert visits the "war room" and informs the team that the carvings are not runes, but may be a gothic script. Later, she further deflates the team with her final judgment that the carvings are nothing more than an architectural flourish.
The money pit has a near mythological significance to "The Curse of Oak Island." The site at which treasure was first said to be found by three young settlers in 1799, the pit had partially caved in and its exact location was lost by the time the Laginas came to the island. After eight seasons of poking around the area, sediment samples are examined, and the team is informed that the money pit might hold a large silver deposit, in addition to whatever treasure had been left there centuries ago.
Season 5 begins with this two-hour premiere, as the team returns to an island ravaged by storms over the winter. Despite having to clear debris and rebuild the south shore road, the Lagina brothers are determined to pick up where they left off at the end of Season 4, but this time bigger, better, and metal detect-ier.
The Season 5 finale takes stock of the artifacts uncovered during this momentous season: multiple iron spikes, suggesting that there really was a shipwreck on the island at some point; the ruby brooch that turns out to not be ruby, but may still be 400-500 years old; the lead cross found in the rocks of Smith's Cove; and the human bone fragments found in the new H-8 borehole. Any further progress into borehole DMT is flummoxed by the discovery that the steel plate the team believed to be down there is in fact a granite boulder.
One of the maddening parts of any conspiracy theory when viewed from the outside is how the believer will use the absence of evidence as proof that the theory is correct. Take local researcher Paul Speed, who enters this episode with a doozy for the Lagina brothers: That the construction of the money pit and the island's flood tunnels is reminiscent of Cornish mining techniques, and British privateer Sir Francis Drake must have been responsible for them, choosing Oak Island to hide a cache of Incan gold stolen from Spain. The fact that there is no record of Drake sailing to the New World simply proves that this secret mission must have really happened.
As much as the show presents the Lagina brothers and their team as pioneers in the field of Oak Island treasure hunting, every so often it takes the long view and reminds us that holes have been dug across the island for over 200 years. Rick and Marty aren't the first men to excavate Oak Island, and likely won't be the last. Such fatalism, bordering on futility, is the unintended subtext of this episode's visit to the descendants of Harold Bishop, who worked on the island as a crane operator in the 1960s.
Also on hand to witness this "big reveal" is part-time treasure hunter and full-time internet scam artist J. Hutton Pulitzer, who arrives touting the theory that the island is the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Though the Ark theory has made a few more appearances on the show over the years, Pulitzer has not; this is his one episode, and it is a fascinating look at the even more wild, unsubstantiated show that could have been. 59ce067264