Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Title: A Key to the Mystery
Original Air Date: January 30, 2018
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Synopsis: We pick up at a depth of 170 feet where the brothers believe they have found the Chapel Vault. However, the casing didn’t even the vault but instead pushed it down and/or to the side. They did not get into the vault. In the war room, they all talk about the cross. They bring in an expert. He compares that cross to dated examples of medieval and Templar graffiti. It could be as old as the 13th century. Rick and Charles head up to meet with Fred Nolan’s son, Tom. His son is willing to help to try and finally solve the mystery. Tom shows them the survey maps. The detail and time and effort he put into it was far more than they had imagined. One of the things discussed is the stakes that Fred and Tom found in the swamp. They outlined the swamp. The father and son believe those stakes are proof that the swamp was mad made. Tom also gives them a folding skeleton key. Rick and Charles spread out all the maps on the floor to look at each one. Gary Drayton comes back to the island for more metal detecting. They also hire a crane operator to excavate a site from his maps. This is the location of an old dump site. They find a lot of pottery. Jack and Peter take all the possible book pieces to an expert. Almost immediately, one piece is confirmed to be parchment. The piece of purple wood is then presented. The expert tells them it’s an ink. He shows them a 2,000-year-old Egyptian Scroll. He informs them that this ink was only used for import church documents. Rick and Gary go visit Dan Blankenship with their newest finds. Gary shows him the cross they found at Smith’s Cove. Dan is just completely shocked and amazed. He recognizes it as lead.