Yesterday we brought you the details on some evidence that has come to light that casts serious doubts on the claims of former TV personality, J. Hutton Pulitzer, and the Ancient Artifact Preservation Society, that a tiny iron object fount on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, is an "ancient Roman crossbow bolt". We also showed you how it most likely has a more rational and logical identity as the point, or 'pick' of a handled tool used in forestry called a peavey.
We concede that, yes, it could easily be mistaken for the pointy end of a weapon or projectile, if that's what you really want it to be. In carrying out investigative methodology in support of our own assertions, we too found a number of close matches among the multitude of google images of weaponry available. But not surprisingly we also learned that another closely related tool used in logging, the 'pick-pole' or 'pike-pole' is a direct descendant of the millenia-spanning weapon also called, the pike.
Our little historical research team here at Blockhouse Investigations and Oak Island Compendium, is busy working on a report that we will bring you tomorrow showing all the evidence we have compiled in relation to forestry and agriculture on Oak Island that would explain the presence of peavey and pike pole picks. We will also bring you more exciting photos of peaveys that were used, and are being used right, here in Nova Scotia.
Peaveys are named after Maine blacksmith, Joseph Peavey, who invented the device in the 1850s as a modification to a traditional tool called the "cant hook". They are used to push, pull, roll and position logs both on land and in the water.
The province's forestry industry has a long history spanning centuries and was most productive during the Golden Age of Sail from the 1840's to the 1880's when thousands of wooden ships were built from Nova Scotia timber and ship's masts were in high demand. But even before that, timber from the region was used by both the French and English colonials for building and repair materials to keep their naval and merchant fleets afloat.
Nova Scotia's pulp and paper industry that spans a period from the 1800s to the present day, also meant that many local men and boys would head for the woods each day with a peavey on their shoulder.
Have a few astute Nova Scotia Woodsman halted the Roman Legion from storming the beaches of Oak Island with a casual observation that the "Roman Crossbow Bolts" as identified by J. Hutton Pulitzer are nothing more than common Peavey points, native to the North American logging industry?
Where else would you expect to find lost lumbering pike points than sticking in logs?
These photos were sent to us just hours ago by Nova Scotia resident, Eugene Conrad, of Liverpool. Thank you, Eugene. We appreciate your contribution.
If your daydreams are filled with Roman soldiers, I suppose you could trick yourself into believing these common tools are crossbow bolts fired by Roman Soldiers, but that doesn't get the wood in and ready for winter.
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