By Tim Binnall
A Canadian man who owns a parcel of land on Nova Scotia's famed Oak Island has launched a new website which showcases the various artifacts that he has found on his property. The fairly small island has become world famous thanks to speculation that it contains a hidden treasure. Currently the subject of a hit TV series, Oak Island has yet to yield any riches despite being subjected to countless treasure hunting attempts, including one decade-long search of one particular spot at the site.
Back in 1996, Robert Young was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a piece of land on the island with the intention of pursuing the purported horde that some believe could have been hidden there by the Knights Templar. Armed with a treasure hunting license from the Canadian government, he spent ten years scouring his land on Oak Island looking for the lost loot. Young subsequently ended his hunt about ten years ago when renewing the paperwork would have subjected the property to possibly deleterious new regulations.
While he never found the long-sought-after treasure on Oak Island, Young did manage to unearth a number of curious objects over the course his searching, including a Spanish coin from 1851 and an ornate badge featuring cricket bats. Taken together, the pieces provide a glimpse into the various groups of people who visited the island in the distant past before the location became legendary for its alleged lost treasure. And, beyond their historic value, the artifacts just might provide some kind of clue as to who may have hidden the treasure, if it really exists, in the first place.