The Curse of Oak Island

Everything we know about the Money Pit so far

The ever-elusive Money Pit is at the centre of the #OakIsland mystery. The Curse Of Oak Island team have eagerly searched for it and sort after a number of theories proposing its whereabouts. 

Whether or not the Oak Island mystery really does revolve around Templar treasures pirate booty or something else, the real question is how to get to it? Which has pretty much been the challenge since the day Daniel McGinnis first discovered the money pit back in 1795. 

When Daniel McGinnis and his friends John Smith and Anthony Vaughan began digging up the money pit in 1795, they only had the tools of the time to help them: shovels, spades, pickaxes and their bare hands. As the story goes, at 10 feet down they came upon a layer of oak logs neatly arranged into a platform. When they broke past it they continued digging until they ran into another layer of logs at 20 feet down and then another at 30 feet. 

Although digging straight down seemed to make perfect sense at the time because they kept finding platforms of oak logs at regular 10-foot intervals indicating that someone had deliberately buried something there. They didn't yet realize that there was a method to whoever built the money pit's madness. 

By then the work had become so difficult that the young men needed to bring in investors to help finance the excavation. In 1804, the group now known as the Onslow Syndicate finally reached a depth of 90 feet and yet another oak platform but this one was different. An enormous green gray slab with strange carvings on it was embedded within the oak logs. The 90-foot stone. So named because that was the depth at which it was found by Daniel McGinnis and his partners back in 1804. But when they pulled it up something incredible happened it seemed to trigger a booby trap that flooded the 90-foot shaft with ocean water. This made it impossible to dig any deeeper, a problem that still plagues the oak island treasure hunt to this day. 

But that wasn't the only thing unique about the gray green slab of granite known as the 90-foot stone. When they got it to the surface the treasure hunters noticed there were a series of deep markings carved on one side. Upon closer examination, these look to be hieroglyphics or symbols of some kind possibly an ancient language.