As much as we'd like to continue our work to bring you relevant, interesting and factual information about Nova Scotia's fascinating Oak Island Mystery, it seems that almost hourly another fantastic claim is made that requires our attention.
This time it seems that a rock on Oak Island contains carvings made by ancient Roman mariners when they allegedly visited the New World some 1,800 years ago.
Who is making this earth-shattering claim? Yep, you guessed it. Once again self-styled forensic-historian and expert-on-everything, J.Hutton Pulitzer. We're not going to analyse and discuss this latest history-changing snippet from Pulitzer's arsenal of flaccid facts which includes, a fake Roman sword, traditional logging tools and First Nations rock drawings. Anthropologist and blogger, Andy White, has done a fine job of debunking this latest debacle in a post on his blog earlier today.
In his blog the anthropologist and friend of Oak Island Compendium, reveals that an observant member of a popular Oak Island social media group decoded the symbols in Pulitzer's petroglyph by simply rotating the image by 180 degrees to reveal, quite clearly the name, Harold.
Among the various inscribed stones on Oak Island, which are said to contain cryptic clues to the treasure mystery, there are numerous examples of grafitti etched by former residents, treasure hunters and visitors over the mystery's 220 year history.
It seems that Pulitzer has stumbled upon an image of one of those stones and, in his hurry to gain recognition in his new-found role as a 'forensic historian', forgot to examine it from all angles. A common mistake for an amateur we are told, but one of monolithic proportions if you actually release your erroneous interpretation with much public fanfare- especially hot on the heels of a list of other forensic failures.
We don't know if ancient Romans ever made it to the New World. But one thing we do know is, HAROLD wuz here.
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