Just so no-one forgets what's at stake here, I'll just repeat for the record the original statement from the the story of the alleged Roman sword allegedly associated with an alleged Roman shipwreck in Nova Scotia:
"Now lead researcher and historic investigator J. Hutton Pulitzer, who also stars in the show [Curse of Oak Island], 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.
"The ceremonial sword came out of that shipwreck," he said. "It is one incredible Roman artifact."
Actually, nah, of course I won't. This thing will be figured out soon enough, and it probably won't be by me. But I'll do what I can. The response to the original claim has been fascinating to watch: initial information about the Florida sword, California sword, and now the eBay sword was all brought to my attention by others. The case of the "Roman sword" is showcasing the capacity of the internet to both serve as a vehicle for effective distribution of packaged information (i.e., the original story) and a tool for finding and assembling new pieces of data that help us understand the credibility of that packaged information. Bravo, internet!