"Now lead researcher and historic investigator J. Hutton Pulitzer, who also stars in the show, has put a large white paper together with a group of academics from the AAPS (Ancient Artifact Preservation Society).
The main discoveries include a Roman sword found submerged just off Oak Island - and what is believed to be a Roman shipwreck.
Pulitzer says this sword is ‘100 per cent confirmed’ and described it as the ‘smoking gun’ to his theory."
So I guess we can look forward to the "white paper" to tell us how we can be sure this is a Roman artifact. If anyone sees it, please let me know.
Without seeing the "white paper," two main things about this story cause me to immediately raise my eyebrows.
First is the provenience. It's kind of a shaggy dog story, not unlike that associated with Cinmar biface:
"Pulitzer explained: “Some years ago, a man and his son were scalloping off Oak Island, which sees them hang rake-like object off the back of their boat. When they brought this up, the sword came up with it.
They thought they were going to get into trouble due to restrictions in Nova Scotia which made all private shipwreck diving for treasure outlawed. So they freaked out about it.
The father kept it for decades, and when he died it went to his wife, then his daughter. Then when she died many years later it went to her husband. It was he who came forward to the island and said ‘I think you should know about this and where it was found.'"”
So best case scenario it changed hands four times. When was it actually found? By whom? Where?
Second is the sword itself. I have zero expertise in the area of metal weaponry, so I'm not qualified to make a credible judgement just by looking at the photo. The sword is apparently bronze or brass, which strikes me as odd for the Romans. And look at the hilt (there's a close-up in the original article). It doesn't look what I would expect a functional military sword to look like (why would you cast the hilt in the shape of a human figure?), and it appears to have been handled frequently in the recent past (the patina is worn from high spots such as the knees). Again, I'm no expert so I'm prepared to be corrected. I would love the opinion of someone who specializes in Roman weaponry. Have you ever seen anything like this?
I'm glad Pulitzer has promised us a comprehensive "white paper" for this new "smoking gun." I'm still waiting on the results of his analysis of copper artifacts he claims were associated with the Minoans. And I think at one point he said he was going to do a bunch of DNA tests. But, you know.