Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Title: Circles in the Wood
Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
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Synopsis: The team is in the war room discussing the vault and how to proceed on excavation. Marty is concerned that it might not be a structure, but just some planks form a previous treasure hunter shaft. They decide to proceed with an airlift. They will force and water down the shaft and try to bring up something from below. The first attempt they learn that water is flowing into the bore hole as fast as they are pumping it out. They will not be able to use this method to bring anything up. The hammergrab tool will go back into play. Two inches at a time to get to the roof of the vault. It comes up with more pieces of wood. One of the pieces of wood has 6-inch core drilled out. They are on the exact same spot as last time. Now it’s open. They send the hammergrab back down to try and get something. This grab pulls up straight pieces of wood with clay. Everything matches the Chapel Vault so far. Upon closer inspection, the wood has circular saw marks. Rick wants Dan to take a look at the wood. Gary Drayton is working with Alex and Jack in the area that was owned by Samuel Ball. He is using a tool that will detect up to three feet below ground and tell you what kind of metal it is. Rick and Charles take the wood to Dan’s house to get his opinion. He thinks it’s a 3-foot circular bladed and would date to after 1750. It’s most likely part of Chapel’s shaft. So now they have to decide to continue working the shaft they’ve dug or move on to their second dig location. Back to Lot 6, the metal detector is getting hit after hit. They find a rusted chain and round piece of metal that looks it’s in a ring shape. Another coin is also found. The next day in the war room the team discusses the second bore hole they plan to drill. They also rewatch the video shot in the small-bore hole last year. Drilling C1 is now beginning. The target depth is 170 feet.