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Everything There is to Know About Laird Niven on ‘The Curse of Oak Island’

Laird Niven first appeared on ‘The Curse of Oak Island’ in season 4 episode 2, which was titled ‘Always Forward.’ Now, he has made a huge comeback to the latest episode during the treasure-hunting exploits of the Lagina brothers and their team.

Laird Niven, who is an expert archaeologist, was first called in season 4 to examine the mysterious ‘hatch’ that was found. He is one of the Nova Scotia’s leading archaeologists. Hence, Laird has been part of a countless number of interesting digs over the years. He has been working on various projects, which have unearthed something of note. Thus, he has been on news on a number of occasions.

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In 2011, Laird was part of a dig in Halifax, where together with his team, they were looking for the origins of the city and in particular Bellevue House. The Bellevue House is known to have been built in 1801 for the commander of British regiments stationed there. It was believed that almost every member of the British royal family who spent time in Halifax would have visited the house. So, it is believed that Edward VII visited the Bellevue House in 1860 when he was Prince of Wales. Moreover, it is believed that George V was also staying there when he was commander of a warship.

Laird Niven always wears caps of the British soccer team Newcastle United and he is believed to be their huge fan. Moreover, Laird has also worked on a number of sites all over Canada. He lives out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where he also studied at university.

The work expert archeologists do is performed very slowly and it’s documented very precisely. Moreover, the archeologists tend to spend most of their time digging with small tools on their hands and knees. However, this is very much different from what is done on ‘The Curse of Oak Island.’ The Lagina brothers and their partners use heavy industrial equipment to shift tonnes of spoil.

“The Curse of Oak Island” Season 06 Episode 20 Release Date and What to Expect

‘The Curse of Oak Island’ season 6 episode 20, titled ‘Short Days and Tall Knights’, is eagerly expected to air as the previous episode brought plenty of suspense. If you haven’t seen episode 19, you should know that the Lagina brothers and their team have a short time which they have to utilize very wisely. As the days are becoming shorter and winter is soon to arrive, the team has to hurry up. However, besides the fact that they found Shaft 6 which could lead them closer to the treasure, plenty of problems appeared while excavating occurred.

Therefore, Rick Lagina invited Richard Moats, a theorist, who suggested four target sites where the original treasure shaft might be located. Nevertheless, the crane operators went on strike due to wage issues and it looked like the work might not resume for at least three weeks. Therefore, the Lagina brothers decided to continue working at Smith’s Cove.

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‘The Curse of Oak Island’ season 6 episode 20 will air tomorrow, April 9, on the History Channel at 9 pm. It is titled ‘Short Days And Tall Knights,’ and comes right after ‘Striking Distance’ and prior to episode ‘Seismic Matters.’

Besides watching this show on TV, you can also see it online with the History app, where you will be required to provide your existing cable TV subscription details in order to gain access.

This episode seems to be more exciting so far, featuring issue at Money Pit which might be very serious. As time is limited, the Lagina brothers and their partners become more frustrated. Hence, we will have to wait for the episode to see whether the team will discover something conclusive or not.

The Curse of Oak Island Season 6 Episode 14 Reveals New Amazing Facts

The mysteries of Oak Island have been searching for over two centuries so far, but they are yet to be solved. Marty plans to do ten times more work in the season 6. Uncovering history will certainly gain more success.

1. The Medieval Lead Cross originated from Southern France within the area of Knights Templar influence

The lead cross was found in Smith’s Cove by Gary Drayton and Rick. Rick and Marty believe it is the most meaningful item found so far. It was tested using laser abrasion at the University of New Brunswick. After it was found that the lead cross does not originate from North America, it has been sent to Tobias Skowronek, the geochemist at the German Museum in Germany. He discovered that the cross is from pre-15th century, and is from Europe, to be exact the area of two mountains, the Cévennes, and the Montagnes Noires, in Southern France. This Medieval lead cross has an association with the Templar-influenced region in France, which makes it the most historic find in North America.

2. Seismic scanning technology was used to map the Money Pit Area

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Seismic scanning has shown as a technology that gives highly accurate results, so the team invited Eagle Canada to use that technology. They placed 1,500 dynamite charges in 2-foot deep holes, to map the Halifax Tunnel area. This much of a deep scanning has never done before, and the test was successful.

3. There is a possibility that a star map was used to indicate important points on Oak Island by the Free Masons

The team invited a new consultant, aerospace engineer, Travis Taylor, to help them figure out ways of mapping the underground Money Pit area. Taylor pointed out the possibility of the Free Masons denoting where they left treasures. He also wanted to try out radon gas testing methods.

4. A new tunnel may exist in Lot 24

British army artifacts from the time of the Ameican Revolution have been found at Lot 24, including the uniform buttons, musket balls, ramrod for loading muskets, and early rifles from the late 1700s to early 1800s. Metal detecting continues at Lot 24. Gary Drayton also discovered bone fragments, pottery shards, and possible door latch. Historic accounts claim that Portuguese, French, and British were visiting the island, but in the case found bone fragments turn out to be human, it could provide some evidence about who had been on Oak Island. After all that has been found, archeologist Laird Niven has applied for an archeological excavation permit.

5. The 90 Foot Stone may have finally been found and a second stone may mean Vikings have been there

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The original 1803 stone that was found in the pit, was discussed by the team and Laird. The stone was found in the bookbindery basement by researchers Jack, Doug, and Charles, and it had carved letters L and N on itself.

At the Money Pit area, there was a second stone found. LIDAR scan was run on it, just like on the first one. Strange runic markings on the stone are of Scandinavian origin, so there might be a possibility that Oak Island was visited by Vikings.

Roman Gods and Goddesses – Mythology You Should Know

Usually, when we think of mythology, Greek mythology comes to mind. The Greeks influenced other cultures including the Romans and their empire which stretched across Europe, parts of Asia and northern Africa. Roman Gods aren’t as famous as the Greek and people nowadays don’t know much about them. However, they are just as powerful and we will refer to the gods and goddesses which shaped the destiny of Rome and minds of the plebeians.

Saturn

It is believed that Saturn was the ruler of the Earth during the “lost” Golden Age which epitomized the balance between peace, harmony, stability and prosperity. When we look at the Greek mythology, similar role belonged to Cronus, which means that Saturn can be perceived as the god of time. Stoic philosopher Quintus Lucilius Balbus said:
“By Saturn, they seek to represent that power which maintains the cyclic course of times and seasons. This is the sense that the Greek name of that god bears, for he is called Kronos, which is the same as Chronos or Time. Saturn for his part got his name because he was “sated” with years; the story that he regularly devoured his own children is explained by the fact that time devours the courses of the seasons and gorges itself “insatiably” on the years that are past. Saturn was enchained by Jupiter to ensure that his circuits did not get out of control, and to constrain him with the bonds of the stars.”

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Jupiter

Jupiter is the Supreme deity among the roman gods and its equivalent in the Greek mythology is Zeus. Jupiter was seen as a bearded male who personified the light, thunder and sky. Speaking in the language of history, Jupiter was one of the personalized deities of the Etruscan kings, who made their ways to the triad of gods. The three gods – Jupiter, Mars and Quirinus were worshiped in the early Roman state. To show how much the citizens appreciated and respected Jupiter, the impressive Temple of Jupiter was risen on the Capitoline Hill.

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Juno

Juno is a wife to Jupiter, the main god in the Roman mythology, which makes her just as important. She was given the title of Regina. When we look at the genealogy, Juno was the daughter of Saturn, which technically makes her the sister to Jupiter. Furthermore, she is the mother to other gods such as Mars, Juventas and Vulcan. In comparison with the Greeks, Juno is linked to Hera.

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Neptune

Neptune is Jupiter’s brother and he controls all the waters on this planet. Neptune belongs to the most powerful gods in the Roman mythology and he is associated to Poseidon from the Greek culture. Both gods carry a trident and artworks found in North Africa find them to be very similar. Furthermore, Neptune was also worshipped as the god of horses, just like it was the case with Poseidon.

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Minerva

Perhaps the best description of Minerva comes from Ovid. He said that she was the “goddess of thousand works” and she was indeed. Minerva was in charge of wisdom, poetry, medicine, art, crafts and commerce and there is only one equivalent in the Greek mythology – Athena. According to the legend, Minerva was created from Jupiter’s forehead after the supreme god swallowed her mother Metis. However, history tells it differently and Minerva has much older heritage, just like the other Roman gods and goddesses.

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Mars

While Jupiter is considered the supreme god in the Roman mythology, Mars could be perceived as his right arm. He was the god of war and according to some agriculture. Although it is often compared to Ares from Greece, Mars is much more complex and able. Instead of being impulsive and chaotic like wars usually are, Mars is composed and he was the protector of the Roman way of life and its people. He defended the cities and state borders against its intruders and he was often portrayed as a father figure to Romulus and Remus.

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Venus

The goddess of beauty, love, desire and sex was Venus whereas its equivalent in Greek mythology is Aphrodite. And just like it is the case with other Roman gods in comparison with its Greek counterparts, Venus is more complex than Aphrodite. She is also the goddess of victory and fertility while some assign her prostitution as well.
It comes to no surprise that she had many children with Mars and some of their names include Timor, Metus, Concordia and Cupids.

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Apollo

Apollo is the name for the God who was the entity of light, music, poetry, medicine, prophecy and archery. Interestingly enough, Apollo is one of few Roman gods who was directly translated from the Greek mythology. He is one of Jupiter sons and the first table that was established to honor this god dates back to the late 5th century BC.

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Diana

Diana was the virgin goddess of hunt, wildlands, nature and Moon. She belonged to the triad of female Roman deities, including Minerva and Vesta and they were all maidens. Perhaps the best explanation of Diana comes from Quintus Lucilius Balbus who said:
“People regard Diana and the moon as one and the same. … the moon (luna) is so called from the verb to shine (lucere). Lucina is identified with it, which is why in our country they invoke Juno Lucina in childbirth, just as the Greeks call on Diana the Light-bearer. Diana also has the name Omnivaga (“wandering everywhere”), not because of her hunting but because she is numbered as one of the seven planets; her name Diana derives from the fact that she turns darkness into daylight (dies). She is invoked at childbirth because children are born occasionally after seven, or usually after nine, lunar revolutions…”

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Vulcan

Vulcan is one of the oldest Roman gods and its origin is traced back to approximately 7th century BC. He was the god of fire and forges and his forged was believed to be located under the Mount Aetna in Sicily. Its equivalent in the Greek culture was Hephaestus, the god of fire and metalworking.

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Vesta

Vesta is the daughter of Saturn and sister of Jupiter and she is considered both the oldest and the youngest of Roman gods. Yes, it is a paradox, but according to the legend, she was the first to be swallowed by Saturn and the last to be released from the confines of his father. Even though she was beautiful, she rejected Apollo and Neptune who wanted her for their wife. Instead of marrying one of the gods, Vesta remained a maid and that is why she is the goddess of hearth, home and domestic scope. Her equivalent in Greek mythology is Hestia.

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Mercury

Mercury is one of the younger gods in Roman mythology and he represented wealth and trade as well as financial gains that go with it. He is often connected to the Greek counterpart Hermes also knowns as the messenger god. Even though Mercury was one of the “smaller” gods, he was extremely popular in Gaul and Britain, according to Julius Caesar.

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Ceres

Ceres was a beloved god that represented agriculture, crops, fertility and mother relationships. She was the daughter of Saturn and sister to Jupiter, however, often associated to this god is her daughter Proserpine. Their relationship is interesting and Ceres actually lost her daughter, who was kidnapped by Pluto, the god of the underworld. Proserpine could return to Earth only from spring to autumn and you can see how that corresponds with seasons. Her equivalent in Greek mythology is Demeter and her daughter Persephone.

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Bacchus

Bacchus is the god wine and wine making and he is a copied version of Dionysus, from the Greek culture. The changes between the two gods are so small. Dionysus and therefore Bacchus, was famous for private ceremonies that were considered secret and during which people would get drunk and enter a different state of mind. You must be familiar with the term “bacchanalian” that means a “drunken feast”.

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Mithras

One god that originated in ancient Persia was called Mithra in their culture and Mithras in Greco-Roman mythology. This god had a solid number of followers and in its heydays this religion was one of the rivals to Christianity. It was mainly practiced by the members of the Roman military, but it originated among the upper classes and it was quite mysterious at the time.

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