Oak Island archaeology update: What is the paved area, and how old is it? – ArcheoThoughts
Until now, I have assiduously avoided Ancient Aliens. I had a feeling that if I watched the show—which popularizes far-fetched, evidence-free idiocy about how human history has been molded by extra-terrestrial visitors—my brain would jostle its way out of my skull and stalk the earth in search of a kinder host. Or, at the very least, watching the show would kill about as many brain cells as a weekend bender in Las Vegas. I steeled myself for the pain and watched the mind-melting madness unfold.
Oak Island archaeology update: A Serpent Mound and an ancient Chinese coin?
Serpent mounds are part of a larger class of effigy mounds found mainly in the Midwestern and Eastern US. They are shaped like animals and were built by indigenous communities between about and years ago, although dating is often uncertain, and at least some mounds, like The Great Serpent Mound of Ohio, represent several construction episodes over about years See Herrmann et al There is a well-known serpent mound in Ontario, Canada , which is approximately years old. Finding a serpent mound on Oak Island in Nova Scotia would be very interesting, but definitely not shocking. I am not aware that there are other effigy mounds in the Maritimes, but there is a local tradition of monumental construction, including mounds, known as the Maritime Archaic Tradition , although these tend to be older than the Midwestern effigy mounds.
What has been found is an extremely sophisticated civil engineering project involving multiple lateral tunnels hundreds of feet long that feed sea water into a deep bore tunnel below a depth of about 90 feet. An image of Oak Island is shown below. The causeway in the lower left was built to allow excavation equipment to reach the island. In a young man or teenager named Daniel McGinnis found a circular depression under a tree and a block and tackle on a branch above the depression.
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