An interesting fact about Oak Island is the actual C-14 dating of the coconut fibres found at the site, which is to 1130 AD +-70 years. Although "Woods Hole" says the date could be skewed, they also said the 1100 dating could be possible, and by analyzing the fibres also confirmed it as a species of coconut possibly of Mediterranean origin. The common theory now is that this material was used for packing in ships carrying cargo, and off loaded on the Island as the vessels were unloaded. The date of 1130 is not when the fibres arrived on Oak Island, but when they died. In the century or two following the 12th century there was no known ongoing North American exploration. The 1130 date also fits in nicely with a premised Templar expedition to Jerusalem.---Bill
Bill, there ARE no "Mediterranean coconuts" so it seems like an odd thing for Wood's Hole to say, although I suppose they could be of East African origin, which isn't too far off and there may have been some Red Sea area trees as well (the history of their presence isn't entirely clear).