Mr. K.L. found this fascinating article regarding the discovery of Roman artifacts near the celebrated Oak Island site, long reputed to have contained a lost Templar treasure:
The intriguing thing in this article is not so much the discovery of a Roman-era sword, but rather, the linguistic evidence of the language of the local Mi'kmaq tribe:
In an attempt to dismiss skeptics, who may suggest the artifact had simply fallen off the side of a boat in more recent times, Pultizer and his team have dug up numerous other pieces of evidence to support the theory that the Romans made it to the New World more than 1,000 years before Christopher Columbus. These include:
- Petroglyphs carved on cave walls and boulders in Nova Scotia by the indigenous Mi'kmaq people, which depict what Pulitzer's team believe to be Roman soldiers marching with their swords, and Roman ships.
- Fifty words in the Mi'kmaq language that are nautical terms used by mariners from Roman times.
- An invasive species of plant (Berberis Vulgaris) growing on Oak Island and in Halifax, which was once used by Romans to season their food and prevent scurvy on their voyages.
- A Roman legionnaire's whistle found on Oak Island in 1901
- A metal 'boss' from the center of a Roman shield found in Nova Scotia in the mid-1800s
- Gold Roman Carthage coins found on the mainland near Oak Island
- Two carved stones on Oak Island that Pulitzer says displays a language from the ancient Levant.
All this poses a significant question, and that in turn prompts some (very) high octane speculation. The Roman empire, right up the the final fall of its eastern half in 1453, carried on trade with the Orient, and thus, any trade or expeditions it might have mounted to the New World should have convinced it that it was not dealing with India or China, its standard trading partners for long distance trade. And the Roman Empire, like all empires, kept meticulous records. The problem and question posed is thus, what happened to that knowledge and those records? Why did the European post-Roman world "lose" that knowledge? Or, to pose the same question somewhat differently, why was that knowledge suppressed?
In my various books I have speculated on two possible answers to that question. The first was that this knowledge may have been preserved by the Eastern Roman Empire based in Constantinople, and preserved (and suppressed) in its imperial archives. There is a certain degree of evidence for this, given that the Turkish Admiral Piri Reis compiled his famous map showing the new world, with probable help from whatever materials he was able to access in the old Byzantine imperial archives. Byzantium would have sought to suppress such information as long as possible, to continue its favored position astride the east-west trade, from which its revenues and, for the day, luxurious standard of living derived.
The second possibility that I have suggested is that some of this knowledge may have also remained in whatever archives remained in the Old Rome, and ended up in the archives of the Bishop of Rome. And again, there is some evidence to suggest this possibility that I reviewed in Thrice Great Hermnetic and the Janus Age, with the possibility that Columbus' now celebrated voyage of discovery was a staged affair, a bit of theater, a voyage of "revelation" rather than discovery.
Whatever one makes of my high octane speculations in this regard, the bottom line remains: what we have assumed to be history in this respect must be questions and eventually re-written. Indeed, some scholars have pointed out that China, too, undertook voyages to the New World, perhaps as early as the era of the Venetian spy and explorer Marco Polo if not even before that, for recall that Polo's "journey to Japan," as the standards historiography interprets his remarks, took an entire year, which, as I pointed out in Thrice Great Hermetica, raises the more probable possibility that he journeyed with a Chinese expedition to the New World. This raises yet another high octane speculative possibility: was the "rush to explore" the New World a manifestation of a competition between the Orient and the Occident to see who could get there first, with the most, and exploit and expand? Or was another agenda possibly driving this exploration, such as the search for lost antiquities? or some mixture of both perhaps?
Time, and research, and more such discoveries, will tell.
See you on the flip side...