Friday, January 8, 2010

The Knights Templar and Holy Grail in America? (An Encore Presentation)

Back in September, I posted a piece about a History Channel Documentary that attracted a lot of buzz. Entitled "The Holy Grail in America," the documentary explored if and how the Holy Grail may have been hidden in what is now the United States. It definitely makes for some interesting scenarios. While some historians dismiss the notion entirely, one quickly learns to "never say never" when it comes to history. In the very least, it is interesting to discuss the possibility. Below is the original September 2009 posting:

I just watched a really amazing show on the History Channel called "The Holy Grail in America." The premise was that there is circumstantial evidence indicating that exiles from the Knights Templar explored America over 100 years before Christopher Columbus made his 1492 voyage. The Knights Templar had been outlawed by the Pope in 1307 and many were slaughtered as a result. Legend has it that other groups of the Templars (who were rumored to possess the Holy Grail - known possibly as the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper) fled to far flung locations including Scotland and Portugal to escape the Pope's armies. Some claim that a few groups of Templars actually traveled to North America to hide a grand treasure. The chisled stone shown on the left is known as the Kensington Runestone. It was discovered in 1898 in Minnesota, and the stone's inscription indicated that it was written in 1362, hundreds of years before any other Europeans explored the area. Further, the inscription was written in a language including characters widely used by the Knights Templar. Experts have debated widely over the accuracy of the stone, but geologic testing has indicated that it indeed dates to the 14th century.

More circumstantial evidence also suggests that other Templar Knights explored the New England coast in the late 1390s, leaving behind several carved stones with writing similar to that found on the Kensington Runestone. Some people also claim that the Holy Grail is possibly hidden somewhere in North America! One suggested location is Oak Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia. Some claim that a major treasure was hidden by Knights Templars deep underground in a booby-trapped island. For decades, people have tried to discover this treasure but have failed because of the booby-traps. Further, some scholars calim that Christopher Columbus was himself associated with the Knights Templar (via family connections), and found his way to America in 1492 because of directions handed down by the Templar Knights! This theory is based partly on the fact that Columbus used Templar symbols in his writing. While a lot of this is all highly debatable and unproven, it certainly gives us all a lot to think about! Kudos to the History Channel for providing such fascinating programming!


  1. Sean,
    I could not find your email address or a fitting place to insert an article that you and others here might appreciate, and placed it beneath your initial "My New Blog" post. Last fall I'd sent the scholarly CU & other metals link to geologist Scott Wolter (author of Hooked X ... & History Channel documentary: Knights Templar Holy Grail...). Followers here might enjoy article #49 on early historic Tidewater region mentioned under "Comments":

    Today I too became a follower at this blog, had emailed last fall to include the link to "Holy Grail in North America" as am acquainted with many involved with the History Channel documentary. A producer at Committee Films emailed that they are working on a second documentary on early historic and ancient North America.


  2. Susan,

    Thanks for your note! It is great to hear that a second documentary is in the works! Please keep me posted.


  3. The Knights Templar have become associated with legends concerning secrets and mysteries handed down to the select from ancient times. Rumors circulated even during the time of the Templars themselves.


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