Here is my interview from 21st Century Radio last week. Here I discuss some new information about Oak Island, The Bruton Vault and Beale Treasure. These three storied treasure legends have many people and concepts in common. Its always a treat to chat with Dr. Robert Hieronimus who is well versed in the subject at hand. Revealed here for the first time are some strange family links between Thomas Jefferson and the intelligence gathering circle of Queen Elizabeth I earlier in history. These associations also in turn expose things about how Sir Francis Bacon was valued by Thomas Jefferson and others. These family relations also involve a familial relation between Jefferson's mother's Randolph family and Philip Sidney who wrote his book "Arcadia" that includes a story very similar to the original folklore of Oak Island. Why do both Oak Island and Williamsburg have legends with regard to Sir Francis Bacon's papers being hidden there? The answer may surprise you.
Of course, fans of the TV show, now in its eighth season, know this chapter through the stories that two current-day treasure-seekers, brothers Rick and Marty Lagina, share week after week. And, because this is the History Channel, experts such as UCalgary alumnus Dr. Ian Spooner, PhD’94, appear to help solve one of the longest-running treasure hunts on the planet. Theories of what may lie hidden in this formidable underground complex range from Inca gold and the booty of infamous pirate Captain Kidd, to even the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail.