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The Intriguing Discovery The Curse Of Oak Island's Fred Nolan Made At Nolan's Cross

Although History's "The Curse of Oak Island" focuses primarily on the efforts of brothers Rick and Marty Lagina to uncover the fabled treasure of the titular island, they are far from the first treasure hunters to have become obsessed with the mystery of Oak Island. Indeed, throughout the island's history there have been countless explorers and excavators who have tried their hand at uncovering the rumored treasure said to be buried there, one of whom happened to be the late Fred Nolan — who appeared briefly during the third season of "The Curse of Oak Island."

Fred Nolan's exploration of Oak Island far predates that of the Lagina brothers. While working as a land surveyor on the island throughout the 1970s, Nolan uncovered various "marker stones" across his property, which (once plotted on a map) seemed to form a christian cross. As time went on, Nolan would devote much of his time to uncovering the island's secrets: researching the topic across numerous maritime libraries and museums, and digging up strange artifacts throughout his properties (via Find a Grave).

In fact, one of Nolan's most intriguing discoveries was actually chronicled in the series' companion show "The Curse of Oak Island: Drilling Down," and is located at the heart of the so-called "Nolan's Cross."

Nolan discovered a head-shaped stone at the heart of Nolan's cross

Although Fred Nolan's most significant discovery on Oak Island is "Nolan's cross" (an arrangement of equally-spaced, similarly-sized marker stones which form a cross), perhaps the most intriguing part of this find is actually the "headstone" within that cross. The "headstone" is the marker at the intersection of "Nolan's cross," which appears to be sculpted in the shape of a human face (via YouTube).

Specifically, the stone appears to have been carved to show a forehead, an eye, a nose, and a mouth — although these features are rather hard to notice when first seeing the stone. Fred Nolan actually brought series lead Rick Lagina down to see the infamous "headstone" on an episode of "The Curse of Oak Island: Drilling Down," in which Nolan admitted that the stone did actually resemble a face: to the point where it was certainly an intriguing find, if not revolutionary.

Although there is still the possibility that this particular rock only appears to be carved in the image of a face, the stone's peculiar appearance alongside its prominent position within Nolan's cross certainly make it a discovery worth noting — especially if the cross itself ends up holding some significance to the treasure's final resting place.