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Windsor historian with unique Oak Island theory not swayed by artifacts

Oak Island historian Kel Hancock of Windsor is pictured by the Oak Island Interpretive Centre prior to co-hosting a tour for Freemasons on Aug. 4.
Windsor historian Kel Hancock says the response he received from an article about his Oak Island theory published in August has been very positive. - File Photo

WINDSOR, N.S. - A Windsor historian, who earlier this year shared his theory on what could be behind Oak Island treasure legends, hasn’t been swayed by recent finds.

Kel Hancock said he received a positive response from the article “Rebellion or treasure? Windsor Oak Island historian says legend could be cover for colonial uprising.” Within a few days of its publication in August, he was invited to discuss the topic on the Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 FM.

“A number of historians have reached out to me and have validated my take on the political climate of the late 1760s and during the (American) Revolution, which, of course, would support my theory of clandestine activity,” Hancock said.

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Some new finds have been outlined since episodes of the sixth season of History TV’s The Curse of Oak Island began airing in November, including a gold-plated broach that could date to the 1300s or earlier and what could be an ancient crossbow bolt or spear head.

However, Hancock said he would be quite reticent to pass judgment without all the facts and the complete potential date range for artifacts usually aren’t presented on the show.

He said the fact the items are being retrieved by treasure hunters instead of archaeologists leaves little hope of determining when the items ended up in the ground and he has yet to see anything that could not be attributed to colonial activity.

Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

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