1.5 – Closer Encounters (5.18.10)

THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND [6i]

In 1795, three Nova Scotia farm boys set out to explore nearby Oak Island after witnessing strange green lights coming from its shore in the middle of the night.

“As they came to the island, they saw that there was one little, you know, pit, that they thought, ‘Well, this is very odd,’ so they started to dig in that particular spot. They came across different platforms made out of wood, especially out of oak, and the deeper they dug, they also came across a mat made of coconut fiber, and they came across a stone slab that had very bizarre writing on it. One thing is crystal clear: Canada does not have any coconut trees, so the mat made of coconut fiber – where did it come from? That’s a very intriguing question – how all these different levels were made.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

The initial excavation stopped at a depth of 30 feet. But since that time, over a dozen professional excavations have been attempted and funded by everyone from actors John Wayne and Error Flynn to Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“Mining and excavation companies have dug multiple shafts surrounding the whole Money Pit with the hopes of achieving or reaching whatever is buried down there. They’ve even tried to dig in sideways, and even that didn’t work.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Based on the finding from numerous excavations, the Money Pit contains a series of oak platforms starting at a depth of ten feet and recurring every ten feet thereafter, going at least 200 feet down. In between these platforms are slabs of flagstone – not indigenous to the island – and layers of puddle clay. Efforts to reach the bottom of the pit have proven so dangerous, six people have died in the attempt.

“Its underground is covered with canals – flooding canals that lead seawater into the system. Each time there seemed to be a progress, underground floods in the canals would make further searches impossible. So, this is what we know: many centuries ago, someone constructed a giant hydraulic system under this island. It couldn’t have been pirates. It had to be someone with great expertise for architecture and hydraulics.”

Peter Fiebag (Author, The Eternity Machine)

“We still haven’t been able to access whatever is down there because of the incredible flooding system. These treasure hunters poured red paint into one of these shafts, and not only did it come out on one side of the island, but also on the other side. Up to three shafts have been discovered. I mean, it’s ingenious.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

But who – or what – constructed this elaborately booby-trapped pit? And perhaps, more importantly, what – if anything – lies hidden at the bottom? Some have speculated that it might be the crown jewels of  England, pirate treasure, Viking hoards and even the original manuscripts of Shakespeare. But perhaps the most audacious theory of all is that the Money Pit is the hiding place for one of the most sacred objects in the world.

“There is a possibility that the Ark of the Covenant, with its contents, has been hidden on Oak Island.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

The Ark of the Covenant? The most sacred object in all of Judeo-Christianity? The gold chest that is supposed to contain the tablets on which the Hebrew God wrote the Ten Commandments? Why would this religious relic be placed at the bottom of an elaborately booby-trapped pit in Northeastern Canada? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe the Ark may have been hidden because of the powers it held – powers from out of this world.

“According to the Ancient Astronaut hypothesis, the Ark of the Covenant housed an extraterrestrial device which was given to the Israelites during their 40-year wandering through the desert.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“When you go back to the biblical descriptions, it becomes a weapon. It rises up into the air. It rushes towards the enemies of Israel. When the Philistines briefly capture it, they make the mistake of opening it and filing past it. Suddenly, thousands of people start to die. The biblical account states quite clearly that the cause of death was cancerous tumors. This is a very mysterious and puzzling thing. What kind of object could have these almost machine-like attributes and cause deaths that sound like radiation sickness?”

Graham Hancock (Author, Fingerprints of the Gods)

What powers the Ark held is the subject of wide speculation, but an even bigger mystery is what happened to the Ark and where it might be located today. One legend says that it was taken during the Crusades by an elite band of monk-like warriors known as the Knights Templar.

“The cover story – and it feels like a cover story – is that they were to protect pilgrims on the route between the coast and Jerusalem in the Holy Land. But they don’t ever seem to have done any of that. Right soon after they were founded, they took possession of the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem. And for the best part of 80 or 90 years, they devoted themselves to what looked like an archaeological expedition on the Temple Mount. And I’m pretty certain they were looking for the Ark of the Covenant.”

Graham Hancock (Author, Fingerprints of the Gods)

The legend tells of the Knights Templar taking the Ark to Scotland, where they formed an alliance with the powerful Sinclair family. Some historians believe William Sinclair may have taken the Ark to Oak Island in Nova Scotia in the 1400s to protect it from English invasion. Here, Sinclair and his men could have built what might be the most impenetrable vault ever made – the notorious Money Pit. But, if so, where is the evidence?

“In the 1990s, some scientists were able to send cameras down into one of the shafts. There, they discovered strange objects that had a rounded, tubular shape. Their C-14 values were diverse and their radiometric age ranged from very old to futuristic. Now, that is basically impossible. However, there is some chance that, that effect could be caused by some kind of radioactivity. That’s why we suspect that a nuclear reactor may have been taken there and hidden inside this ingenious hydraulic system…so that it would be kept safe forever.”

Peter Fiebag (Author, The Eternity Machine)

What would it mean if the Ark of the Covenant really was discovered at the bottom of the Money Pit? Would it provide the proof of alien intervention – the very proof that Ancient Astronaut Theorists have been waiting for?

“If the Ark of the Covenant is found at the bottom of the Money Pit, well…story’s over.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Perhaps. But an even greater question persists: why? Has mankind been helped by the intervention of beings from other worlds, as Ancient Astronaut proponents contend? Or was there a more ominous intention? Could the Ark, if discovered, be a sort of Pandora’s Box that, once opened, would reveal more about our origins that we would ever want to know?

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References:

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