LANSING, Mich., Dec. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers announce a major discovery in an upcoming white paper, supported by academics from the Ancient Artifact Preservation Society (AAPS), that strongly suggests ancient Roman mariners were in Nova Scotia, Canada in second century AD or earlier.
The multi-disciplinary report presents a body of evidence and new discoveries. Key findings include identified ancient tumulus, specific Roman styled stone ramps, and a shipwreck; Roman artifacts such as ceremonial sword, Roman era coins, legionnaire whistles, and shield boss; unique local DNA makers botanical evidence, linguistic evidence, stone symbols, archaeoastronomy, archaeometry, and more. All leading to a very obvious conclusion that ancient mariners visited North America long before Columbus.
The study centers around the mysterious Oak Island, the site of a 220 year old on-going treasure hunt and the subject of the History Channel's reality television series The Curse of Oak Island.
According to lead researcher, Hutton Pulitzer: "The evidence here suggest that the ancient Romans not only visited Oak Island on a specific mission, but may have had an outpost on the island. What is unfolding here, could make Nova Scotia as significant a historical destination as Stonehenge."
Professor Emeritus University of Oregon, Carl Johannessen, is participating in the study and says the findings challenge the orthodoxy of 1492 as the date when the New World was 'discovered'.
Researchers are preparing permits with the Nova Scotia government to further investigate the sites to confirm which Roman legion was there and its purpose.
The peer-reviewed report will be published in early 2016. Receive the report when released at investigatinghistory.org
Further details and photos released to Johnson Press:
Official statement from the AAPS on the discovery:
About Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Canada:
Media inquiries contact:
Glenn DeVlaminck, AAPS President, 906-942-7865
Judy Johnson, AAP Secretary, 906-942-7865
Hutton Pulitzer, Lead researcher, [email protected]
SOURCE Ancient Artifact Preservation Society (AAPS)