By Doug Crowell - Blockhouse Investigations - Nova Scotia, Canada
In an Extended White Paper sent to David Tobias, of Triton Alliance, from Doctor Mark Schmalz and Doctor Gerhard Ritter, dated January 12th 1995 and entitled "Image Enhancement and Data Analysis in support of Archaeological Field Studies" we have found some very interesting information to relate to you regarding Oak Island and, in particular, the 10X Cavity. The two doctors worked together at the Center for Computer Vision and Visualization at the University of Florida in Gainesville Florida.
The white paper summarized their "proposed work in image processing and data/technology characterization, in support of Triton's efforts in the Mahone Bay area", as was discussed with David Tobias and Bob Atkinson. It was quite a comprehensive proposal regarding the image enhancement of various film and photos taken on the island, as you can see from the Table of Contents from this proposal (shown below).
The image enhancement techniques they used and the science behind those techniques were documented in great detail in their 66 page proposal, of which this excerpt is just a small sample (see image below).
Did you catch that first sentence in the Proposal excerpt above? It reads, "Based upon our previous experience with Triton-furnished imagery".
Previous experience. So this proposal was submitted as a plan to perform further work for the former treasure hunting company. Does that make you wonder what Oak Island photos or film they had previously worked on enhancing? It sure did for us.
Efforts to contact Dr. Schmalz have not received a reply as of yet, but we did discover images from the 10X cavity that they had enhanced. These were found in the late Paul Wroclawski's Oak Island research collection. They were included in a 2007 PowerPoint presentation created by Oak Island researcher and author Les MacPhie, who told me they were gifted to him by David Tobias. We are grateful for Les MacPhie's permission to reproduce them here.
These are the clearest images we have seen yet of the contents of the 10X cavity. Doctors Schmalz and Ritter performed some impressive image enhancement on the blurry images most of us have seen in the past. It is unfortunate that Triton does not seem to have taken them up on their proposal for further work in this area. It would have been really interesting to see what they could have done with images of the rest of the cavity.
So what do you think after seeing these images? Is it an actual chest?
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