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  1. Season 1

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  2. 1

    The Quest For Noah's Ark

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  3. 2

    Hitler And The Spear Of Destiny

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  4. 3

    The Hunt For Pirate Treasure

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  5. 4

    The Real King Solomon's Mines

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  6. 5

    The Missing Eighth Wonder of The World

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  7. 6

    The Lost Sword Of The Samurai

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  8. 7

    Himmler And The Holy Grail

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  9. 8

    The Hunt For The Book Of Spells

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  10. 9

    The Lost City Of El Dorado

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  11. 10

    The Nazis And The Book Of Power

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  12. 11

    Raider Ron And The Lost Ark

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  13. 12

    The Search For The Crystal Skulls

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  14. 13

    The Quest For The True Cross

    The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history.

  15. Season 2

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  16. 1

    The Search for King Arthur's Bones

    As famed archaeologist stared into an empty pit, had he finally realised his boyhood ambition and found the final resting place of King Arthur? The search for the bones of King Arthur reached fever pitch at the turn of the 20th century. Frederick Bligh Bond was one of Britain's leading archaeologist and he was determined to prove that King Arthur, the wielder of Excalibur, the founder of Camelot and the Lord of the Round Table, had been real. The story goes that, in 1191, the monks of Glastonbury Abbey uncovered the body of a gigantic man. Wounded several times in the head, he had succumbed to one last fatal blow. The bones of his wife, along with a tress of her beautiful golden hair, shared his large oak coffin. An ancient lead cross found with the burial was inscribed "Here lies buried the famous king Arthur with Guinevere his second wife, in the Isle of Avalon". To find the grave, Bligh Bond pioneered new techniques in archaeology, which revealed stunning details of the Abbey. During the excavation he's visited by colleagues - and a 10 year old boy, Ralegh Radford, who's captivated by his mission. Bligh Bond's findings amaze the Church, but later he confesses that he'd been communicating with the Abbey's long dead, mediaeval monks in seances. The Church was outraged and Bligh Bond was pulled off the site, disgraced, and the excavation closed down. 30 years on the quest is taken up by Ralegh Radford, an ambitious and talented archaeologist. Excavating under the Abbey he came upon a pit - and found himself staring into that gigantic man's grave - the grave of King Arthur. Had he really found the legendary king's final resting place?

  17. 2

    The Secret of Superstition Mountain

    In the Wild West, one legend of lost gold endures above all others. The story begins after a few years after the American civil war. A young cowhand, raised in the Wild West hears of a tale from a stranger as he sits around a camp fire. It's a story of greed, duplicity and cold-blooded murder all fuelled by an insatiable lust for gold. Dick Holmes is hooked. A mysterious German - or was he a Dutchman - struggled out of the Superstition Mountains in Arizona in 1868. His name, he said, was Jacob Waltz, and in his pockets were samples of rock filled with gold. There was, he said, a mine with the richest seam imaginable deep in the mountains. Later, as Jacob Waltz falls critically ill, Dick Holmes seizes his chance to hear his deathbed confession. He manages to tell Holmes a few cryptic clues before dying. Underneath the Dutchman's bed Brownie finds a box. It contains 48 hundred dollars worth of high-grade ore. Proof that the mine is real. But Dick Holmes has to stop his search when he is injured by a horse. The mantle is passed to his son, Brownie. He meets up with a famous amateur treasure hunter, Adolph Ruth. Ruth sets off into the Superstition Mountains. He never returns. An expedition is mounted to find him. It came across his clothes, containing a detailed map of the where the mine was and a note with the words "veni, vidi, vici"- "I came. I saw I conquered". He must have found the mine. Weeks later his body was discovered, crumpled in a gully. It had two bullets in the head. What had happened? And had he found the mine?

  18. 3

    The Hunt for the Garden of Eden

    It's one of the most powerful and enduring myths ever created. The Garden of Eden. It is the very definition of paradise: a land of endless plenty where there is no work, no sorrow, no hunger and no disease. But could it be true? Did the Garden of Eden exist as a real place? The only clues to its whereabouts lie in the Bible, which states that the garden is the source of four major rivers: the Tigris, Euphrates and Pishon and Gihon. The sources of Tigris and Euphrates are easy to find, as they are up in the Torus mountains. However they are hundreds of miles apart. So the key to finding Eden would be to locate the other two rivers' sources. The trouble is no one has any idea where the Pishon and Gihon are. The names have long since fallen into disuse. One maverick scholar thinks he may have cracked the code. Professor Juris Zanis thinks he knows where Eden really was and why it really disappeared. To find the answer, Zarins took a multi disciplinary approach; using geology, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics and hydrology. Zarins started to look at the cultures who inhabited the area where the Tigris and Euphrates Meet: Southern Mesopotamia. He believes that the Sumerians who lived 7000 years ago created large-scale urban settlements: the world's first cities. Among their legends was a bountiful garden, a paradise called Dilmun. Dilmun sits on the East coast of Bahrain. Could this be the remnants of the Garden of Eden? Now he had to confirm the stories of the Sumerians using the latest land sat technology. This would give Zarins a "birds eye view" from space at the geology of the region, able to view the rock formations clearly both on land and underwater. Would it give him the final confirmation that he had found the fabled Garden of Eden?

  19. 4

    The Search for Our Lady of Atocha

    This is a story of one man's magnificent obsession. It would cost him terrible personal tragedy and sixteen years of his life, but it would ultimately end in triumph. Mel Fisher was a chicken farmer from Indiana. From an early age he had fallen in love with diving - in particular diving for treasure. Fisher became obsessed with the lost Spanish Galleon the Nuestra Senora de Atocha ("Our Lady of Atocha"), that had sunk off the Florida coast. It was loaded with fabulous treasure looted from the New World - including copper, silver, gold, tobacco, emeralds, jewellery, and indigo. But she was caught in a hurricane 35 miles off Key West in the Florida Keys and sank. 265 people drowned. Mel uprooted his wife and four children: and took them to Florida in his hunt for the Atocha. For sixteen years they found nothing. In the middle of these lean years, as money ran short, tragedy struck. On July 13, 1975 Mel's oldest son Dirk, his wife Angel, and diver Rick Gage died after their boat capsized during their quest for the treasure. Mel kept going through these hard times thanks to his motto; Today's the Day. Finally, on July 20th, 1985, his son, Kane Fisher, captain of the salvage vessel Dauntless, sent a jubilant message to his father's headquarters, "Put away the charts; we've found the main pile!" Ecstatic crew members described the find as looking like a reef of silver bars. At long last, the wreck's "motherlode" had been found. But this is not the end of the story -it continues today with Mel's grandson - Sean...

  20. 5

    The Lost Library of Ivan the Terrible

    A young archaeologist risks everything in his quest to find one of the world's greatest treasures - the fabled lost library of Ivan the Terrible. It's a story that begins during the 15th century, and the sacking of Constantinople. The Ottoman Empire is approaching from the East, preparing to launch an all-out attack on the city. The Sultan rushes to save its most valuable treasures. The Library is its most valuable, and it's whisked away for safe keeping in Moscow. This was no ordinary library, but the greatest library outside of Rome. Records chronicled hundreds of carts laden with the rarest books, written by the world's greatest minds in history: Aristotle, Plato, Homer. These are reputed to be jewel encrusted tomes that hail from all parts of the globe. Ivan the Terrible's lost library became an obsession of Ignatius Stelletski, an archaeologist and historian. Its discovery would elevate him into the pantheon of history, and acquire wealth beyond his wildest dreams. In the early part of the 20th century he began to search the maze of underground tunnels lying beneath Moscow for the library. In 1914 he discovers a list that catalogues some of the more famous books in the library, including Aristotle's 2nd book of Poetics. The outbreak of World War One forces Stelletski to halt his work. Returning to his flat years later, the professor finds his home sacked, and the vital list gone. But his lifelong passion is undimmed. Stelletski continues undeterred to find the lost library, negotiating his way through all the political intrigue and villainy of 20th century Russia - the October Revolution, the rise of Stalin, and World War II. His search takes him under the Moscow Kremlin, in the Secret Gate to Zhitnev yard, in the bell tower of Ivan the Great Wall at Tseyhgauzskoy, the Round Tower, Borovitckii hill embankment of the Moscow River, and the Kremlin Arsenal Tower. Stelletski dies with the final words on his lips "maktaba", Arabic for library, with a tantalisi.

  21. 6

    The Curse of Montezuma's Gold

    A lost treasure of immeasurable wealth - the riches of one of the most powerful empires in the history of the Americas - the Aztecs. Faced with annihilation at the hands of the Spanish conquistadors, Montezuma, the dying Aztec Emperor ordered his treasure trove spirited away and hidden. But despite torturing the Aztec leaders and mounting a vast number of expeditions, the Spanish conquistador Cortez still couldn't find it. For centuries Spanish adventurers would disappear into the hills and caverns of Mexico looking for it. But of course, the Aztecs ranged over a vast area. Many believed that if Montezuma had hidden the gold, it would be far from where the Conquistadors were hunting. Then In 1914, a man named Freddie Crystal walked down Main Street in Kanab, Utah, clutching a treasure map. He claimed that his map revealed the hiding place of King Montezuma's fabled Aztec treasure. When the outsider inquired around town, obliging locals informed Freddie that his map resembled a section of the White Cliffs 35 minutes south of the city limits. The clues to the whereabouts of the treasure lay in the graphic petraglyphs marked on the map. The same petraglyphs were etched on the cliffs around Kanab. To the amazement of the Mormons of small town Kanab, this stranger on a bike was telling them this vast horde of treasure was hidden near their town and there for the taking. 400 years after the death of Montezuma Freddie Crystal came in search for one of the biggest prizes in history. But was the treasure protected by an army of ghostly Aztec warriors and the curse of Montezuma?

  22. 7

    The Relics of Joan of Arc

    Forensic pathologist Dr Philippe Charlier, known to the French as the "Indiana Jones of the graveyards" faced his biggest challenge yet: to uncover the truth behind the remains of France's most famous daughter - Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc, maid of visions and miracles, had achieved the seemingly impossible when she broke the military back of the English at the Siege of Orleans in 1429 to successfully see the Dauphin finally crowned Charles VII of France at Reims. But her subsequent capture by the English and trial at Rouen for witchcraft and heresy ended in her being sentenced to death by burning at the stake. In modern day France, Dr Philippe Charlier subjected these fragments to the full panoply of 21st century forensic analysis: mass, infrared and atomic-emission spectrometry; electron microscopy; pollen analysis and DNA analysis. One of the bones was not human but feline. Could it have been a cat burnt along with Joan? Black cats were often burned in the fire of those reputed to be witches. But, its origin was not even European. Charlier found nothing in the organic material that matched anything that would have existed in 15th Century Burgundy. In a final, stunning confirmation: carbon dating placed the fragments of bones between the 7th and 8th Century BC. This was no Joan of Arc, this was an Egyptian Mummy! Black tar-like coating on the fragments had nothing to do with burning, but rather embalming. Somehow an Egyptian mummy had ended up being in an apothecary's jar labelled as the remains of Joan of Arc. Yet may hold the belief that the remains of Joan of Arc are still to be found, and returned to a place of honour.

  23. 8

    The Quest for the Minotaur's Labyrinth

    When a British Spy and adventurer go on a quest to find the mythical Labyrinth, he uncovers a secret that would rewrite history. Greek Mythology tells of the Labyrinth, an elaborate maze designed and built by the legendary artificer Daealus for King Minos of Crete. Its function was to hold the Minotaur, a mythical creature that was half man and half bull. Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it. Theseus was aided by Ariadne, who provided him with a skein of thread, so he could find his way out again. But was the Labyrinth the stuff of legend - or could it really have existed? The search for the Labyrinth became an obsession for Sir Arthur Evans. In his early years he was an adventurer, a spy, and a journalist. His adventures took him to the Balkans - where he often travelled packing a sidearm. In the late 1870's he wrote extensively about the region, reporting on the suppression of the Christian insurrectionists by the armed forces of the Ottoman Empire. His passion for antiquities drove him on a quest to find the Labyrinth. Evan's attention was drawn to a site in Crete. Evans believed that Crete was the home of the Labyrinth. When he began to excavate he uncovered a magnificent palace, filled with beautiful artwork - could this be the fabled labyrinth? It appeared to be a complex maze of rooms and corridors. The palace featured pieces of art featuring bulls. Could this be the cradle of the Minoan civilisation? More than that - he uncovered writing that had never been seen before. It pre-dated Phoenician, Greek and Egyptian script. Could Crete in fact, have been the cradle of all western civilisation?

  24. 9

    The Legend of Kruger's Millions

    A local newspaper editor and businessman in South Africa unwittingly finds himself at the epicentre of a legend of buried gold. It's a story that began nearly 100 years ago. In the midst of the Boer War South African President Paul Kruger orders his gold bullion in the form of coins to be shipped out of Pretoria, away from the approaching British Army. In charge of the bullion was Fritz Duquesne. On the way to Mozambique, Duquesne buried the treasure near the small town of Ermelo, where he intended to return to reclaim it. But it was not to be. Duquesne was captured and deported from South Africa. The legend of Kruger's millions was born. As for Fritz Duquesne - in World War Two his hatred for the Allies caused him to become a master spy operating in New York. He was caught and finally jailed. Eighty years after the Boer War, Athol Stark unwittingly found himself caught up in the legend. A group of Zulu men asks Athol to help them search for the gold; they discover a strong box buried in the soil. Inside are Kruger Pounds. Athol Stark searches for the Kruger gold himself, and discovers a small statue of President Paul Kruger buried in the ground near his house. The discovery slips out to the media, treasure hunters descend upon Ermelo convinced the gold is there. Gold fever strikes Ermelo - and Athol discovers more of the valuable Kruger gold. Today, Athol continues to search for the Kruger Millions, and is the head of a treasure-hunting syndicate, where it's only a matter of time before once again, he strikes gold...

  25. 10

    The Nazi Hunt for Atlantis

    When an ambitious young scientist was sent on a quest by Himmler to find the lost people of Atlantis, little did he know it would become an expedition embroiled in political intrigue and lost integrity. Ernst Schaefer was one of the great explorers and scientists during the interwar years. By 1937, he had led two American-backed expeditions to the Himalayas to study geology and ornithology, his great specialism. But he was desperate for a third trip. The trouble was, with Nazism on the rise, American money could not be found. Schaefer managed to raise 80% of his funds from German companies, but he still needed more. Then he received a summons from Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS. Himmler said that he would back Schaefer on two conditions. The first was that the expedition would add anthropology to its list of sciences. Himmler revealed that he was convinced that Tibet contained the remnants of a long lost race - the "Hyberboreans." Referred to by the German philosopher Nietzsche, these were said to be an Aryan people with remarkable skills. They had been the people of Atlantis - a people, legend said, that had created the first civilisation of all. All other civilisations - the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Chinese, even the Incas, had learned from these Hyperboreans. Plato had written that Atlantis had disappeared beneath the waves and despite many explorers, no one had ever found it, though there have always been several candidates. Himmler's point was that Atlantis may be lost, but its people lived on in the Himalayas. Schaefer's task, Himmler said, was to find these Hyperboreans and prove that the Germans were their direct descendants. Himmler's second stipulation was that all members of the expedition would become members of the SS. Schaefer agreed to both demands. Propelled by the Nazi Party, it would be an expedition that would lead him ultimately into a tale of mountain madness, greed and sacrifice.

  26. 11

    The Lost Jewels of Helen of Troy

    It is one of the most romantic images ever photographed - Sophia, wife of the flamboyant adventurer-turned-archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, decked in fabulous bronze age jewels. Schliemann had unearthed the jewels when excavating Troy. For years he had been on a quest to prove that the tales of Helen, Achilles and Agamemnon weren't just a story - but real history. He had searched for the site of Troy for many years, suffered mockery and abuse, but now he had found it. Not only that, but he had unearthed these extraordinary diadems - "the Jewels of Helen of Troy" - and a host of other artefacts that he dubbed "King Priam's Treasure." As far as Schliemann was concerned, he had been vindicated - he had found proof that Helen of Troy and the site of the city itself existed. Schliemann squirreled the The "Jewels of Helen" out of Turkey to Berlin - where they seem to have vanished off the face of the earth In the years that followed Schliemann's reputation and his methods were trashed. His excavation of Troy was deemed to be reckless, bulldozing through the site regardless, mixing layers in an irresponsible way and his dating was shown to be wildly inaccurate. More recent work has uncovered a much more likely candidate for Troy. But even if he was wrong about that, where were those fabulous jewels in the photograph? Even if they may not have been worn by Helen, they were clearly ancient and of huge value. Then in 1993, they re-appeared - in the Pushkin Museum in St Petersburg. The truth about them can at last be revealed.

  27. 12

    The Secret Within the Dead Sea Scroll

    Could a Jewish Treasure lost when the Temple was sacked be hidden in caves in Jordan? John Marco Allegro, a maverick young scholar was convinced it was. It began with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1946. Here at last were ancient texts that seemed to prove the existence of Christ as a historical person. But of the 972 scrolls found in the caves of Jordan, one was completely different. For a start, it consisted of two thin rolls not of papyrus but copper. But the real surprise was when the scroll was examined by John Allegro. What he read amazed him. It was a list of 64 locations with descriptions of items that had been buried at each one. Allegro realised that he was looking at clues to finding a massive haul of treasure - worth millions in today's money. The scroll seemed to be dated around AD70, the year the emperor Titus razed the temple of Jerusalem to the ground. The story had always been that the Temple's treasure had been taken away and hidden. Surely this was it? But his bosses refused to believe the scroll was real. The weights in Talents were simply too big to be true. If accurate, it listed all the known silver in the world at the time and a quarter of all the world's gold. But Allegro was undeterred and with the help of king Hussein no less, mounted two expeditions into Jordan. What followed was a tale of adventure, jeopardy and discovery.

  28. 13

    The Shogun's Lost Treasure

    The Tokugawa treasure legend is Japan's most famous story of its kind. The story is rooted in the 1860's, when the Tokugawa Shogun was about to be destroyed by the new, incoming Meji government. A high-ranking official in the shogunate ordered their gold coins to be buried in order to keep the treasure from falling into the Meji's hands, and to store military funds for a future attack against the government. Legend tells of a treasure worth ten trillion yen buried in Mount Akagi, in the Gunma Prefecture. The legend originated with Mizuno Tomoyoshi, born in 1851 as the third son of a Tokugawa retainer. Mizuno received a mysterious letter from a former neighbour, Nakajima Kurando, who was an employee in the financial magistrate as an investigator, who fought against the imperial forces and had been missing since 1868. Nakajima had an illicit relationship with Mizuno's mother, and as a result of his relationship he helped transport the gold from Yamanashi Prefecture to Mount Haruna during the first four months of 1868. However, when Nakajima later returned for the money in Mount Haruna it had been moved and he believed it was reburied on Mount Akagi. Legend has it that the local financial magistrate, Oguri, ordered the treasure to be moved to a more secure location. That final location was Mount Akagi, And there is a dark twist to the tale: to keep the location secret, the 1500 porters who helped dig and transport the shogunate's money had been killed and buried with the gold. After years of research Tomoyoshi used his own money to start digging in the most likely locations in 1888. The quest for the lost treasure of the last shogunate has driven three generations of the Mizuno family, down to the most recent "heir", Mizuno Tomoyuki who still digs around the mountains of Gunma today.

  29. Season 3

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  30. 1

    The Pirate Treasure of Cocos Island

    Myth Hunters Series 3 features dramatic reconstructions, testimonies from expert witnesses, specially shot location material and, where relevant, archive footage of the actual events. From the search for the veil that mopped the brow of Christ to the discovery of the fabled city of the Incas; from a ship that was said to have sunk in a desert to a horde of gold whose location was only known by Imelda Marcos - this series will highlight these enthralling and astounding stories.

  31. 2

    The Mystery of The Spider Rocks

    Myth Hunters Series 3 features dramatic reconstructions, testimonies from expert witnesses, specially shot location material and, where relevant, archive footage of the actual events. From the search for the veil that mopped the brow of Christ to the discovery of the fabled city of the Incas; from a ship that was said to have sunk in a desert to a horde of gold whose location was only known by Imelda Marcos - this series will highlight these enthralling and astounding stories.

  32. 3

    The Priest, His Lover and the Holy Grail

    Features dramatic reconstructions, testimonies from expert witnesses, specially shot location material and, where relevant, archive footage of the actual events. From the search for the veil that mopped the brow of Christ to the discovery of the fabled city of the Incas; from a ship that was said to have sunk in a desert to a horde of gold whose location was only known by Imelda Marcos - this series will highlight these enthralling and astounding stories.

  33. 4

    The Veil of Veronica

    Historically the 'face of god' has been linked to the one of the greatest Catholic relics - the Veil of Veronica - a similar miraculous image, created on the day of Christ's crucifixion. When stumbling under the weight of the cross His brow was mopped by 'St Veronica' - and an imprint of his face was left on her cloth. Throughout the middle ages this image was revered and worshipped by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visiting Rome - and even created its own guild of artists, dedicated to selling reproductions of the image to pilgrims. But after the rebuilding of St Peter's basilica - designed as a new home for all the greatest Christian relics - suddenly and without explanation the 'veil' disappeared from view was it lost, or even stolen? The Vatican claims to still have the 'Veil' but it is no longer on public view is this a 500 year old cover up? Discovering a transparent image of Christ in a small church in Manappello, Paul Badde sets out to not only prove that this was the original 'veil' stolen from the Vatican centuries before, but also that the image appeared as Christ resurrected from the tomb.

  34. 5

    The Search For Machu Picchu

    In 1911, Hiram Bingham was a young scholar specialising in modern Latin American history at Yale University, Conneticutt. He was thirty six years-old, married to Alfreda Mitchell, an heiress to the Tiffany diamond empire, they had six children and lived in a thirty-roomed mansion on top of a hill. Bingham was a man who seemed to have all the comforts of life, but he was restless and driven. During a field trip to Peru in 1909, he was invited by his guide to see an ancient Inca site high up in the Andes Mountains. This set him on a path that would change his life forever. Bingham learned how in the sixteenth century, the great Inca Empire fled from the ferocious onslaught of Spanish Conquistadors and built a last stronghold deep inside the Amazon jungle. A place they named Vilcabamba. There, they made their final stand against their ruthless enemy, but with their death, the memory of where this last refuge was, disappeared. This, Hiraham Bingham thought, would be how he could make his name. He would lead an expedition to find Vilcabamba. And he did discover an extraordinary Inca city called Machu Picchu. It was hailed as the "Lost city in the Clouds," a spiritual refuge perching high on top of a sky-scraping mountain. Bingham was convinced he had found Vilcabamba. The news was a global sensation, and Hiram Bingham would go down in history as one of the all-time great explorers. But all was not as it seemed.

  35. 6

    Yamashita's Gold

    The legend of Yamashita's Gold is the greatest stories of war loot in history. During WW2, as the Japanese Imperial Army conquered country after country across South East Asia, it's said they had a covert, systematic looting operation in place and amassed a huge fortune. But in June 1942, the tide of the war turned. Having lost control of the seas at the Battle of Midway, the story goes it was now too risky for the gold to be shipped back to Japan. Instead, the Japanese reportedly hid their stolen gold in 175 different locations throughout the Philippines, planning to return for it when they were once again victorious. After the horrors of WW2 the legend of this lost gold captivated the Philippines -including a young lock-smith called Roger Roxas. After hunting Yamashita's Gold for more than a decade, in 1971 Roger decided to risk everything to find this long lost treasure hoard once and for all. But little did he know he had a powerful rival, the most powerful man in the Philippines - President Ferdinand Marcos. Roger's quest would lead him to cross one of the most brutal dictators of the 20th century. And so looking for Yamashita's Gold had devastating consequences for Roger, changing his life in ways he could have never imagined.

  36. 7

    The Lost Ship of The Mojave Desert

    A desert in California is said to hold something truly astonishing. According to the myth, somewhere in the Mojave Desert is a ship wreck with a precious cargo. In 1870 Charley Clusker, a Mexican War veteran, seasoned traveler and California Gold Rush prospector, would risk everything to find the legendary Lost Ship of the Mojave Desert. His search would cross one of the harshest environments on earth. But only around 10 miles from the ship's reported location Charley found himself in mortal danger. Despite narrowly escaping with his life Charley was determined to find the ship and set out into the desert once again. This time he ran out of food and water. After days in the desert with nothing to drink he was close to death. Just as he was about to turn back a second time something on the horizon caught his eye - a mighty Spanish galleon. Although he was desperate to get the ship Charley had no choice but to return to town. When he got there news of his adventurers quickly spread. Realising his readers were gripped by Charley's story the editor of the local newspaper decided to join Charley when he returned to the ship. Together they plunged into the desert. Although this time mysteriously Charley struggled to find the ship he'd seen just weeks before. So, if Charley really had seen the ship, why couldn't he find it again? Was Charley really searching for the lost ship? Or was he hunting for something else?

  37. 8

    The Search For Nazi Gold

    The dying days of World War Two. Hitler was in his bunker, unable to accept defeat. But most Nazis knew the game was up. It was time to start hiding evidence of their crimes. A unit of SS officers were instructed to transport boxes to the Salzgammergut lake district in the Austrian Alps. Their destination was one of the most remote and deepest lakes in the region: Lake Toplitz. On May 1st, 1945, eyewitnesses still alive today saw the SS Officers throwing the boxes into the lake. Local rumours grew: The boxes were full of stolen gold. It was the biggest bank heist in history. The Nazis stole $500M of foreign gold. When the gold ran out, they tore it from the mouths and fingers of concentration camp victims. Most of the gold was sent to Switzerland, but as the war turned, the Nazi knew they had to hide it wherever they could, and most was sent South, to Bavaria and Austria. In 1959 a German journalist and former Marine decided to get to the bottom of the mystery of Lake Toplitz once and for all. He persuaded his editor to finance the first large scale underwater exploration of the lake using a rope, lights, a camera and a grappling hook. After ten days they found a box and heaved it to the surface. Would it really be full of gold. What Lohde found was evidence of something even more extraordinary.

  38. 9

    The Mystery of Thomas Beale's Treasure

    In the early 1800s a party of men headed by a Thomas Beale set out from Virginia to the Colorado Rocky Mountains where they discovered gold. After mining a fortune in gold ore they exchanged it for treasure, which they then buried in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Beale recorded the secret location of the treasure in 3 numerical codes that when decoded would reveal the treasures value, its location and to whom it belonged. Then in 1897 Clayton Hart discovered the three coded papers and soon after found out that they could reveal a great treasure in a pamphlet that revealed a deciphered paper revealing its value. With the help of his brother George, Clayton spent the next 50 years trying to uncover the location of Beale's treasure. They went to great lengths to break the ciphers, including assistance from America's top code breakers and even the supernatural! The Hart's never discovered the treasure and to this day its location is still unknown. Some even question whether there ever was a Thomas Beale and a treasure or if the whole thing is just an elaborate hoax.

  39. 10

    The Quest For Camelot

    According to legend, he was Britain's greatest King. Hi name was King Arthur. He led his Knights of the Round Table from Camelot, a vast, spectacular castle built on a hill, and was supposed to have bravely fought Anglo-Saxon invaders and united the country. But there's very little evidence he really existed. History wasn't been written in the dark ages, an era said to have been ruled by barbarism and chaos. The only way to really prove he existed was to find something with his name on it, maybe even Excalibur or the remains of the Round Table. Maybe even Camelot itself. In the 1960's a team of archaeologists, led by the outstanding excavator of his day, Leslie Alcock, set out to prove the myth was real by digging where tradition had the location Camelot to be , a hill just off the A303 in South Cadbury, Somerset. Using state of the art geophysical surveying technology they established just where the most important areas on the large 18 acre hill were to dig, and after five summers of digging discovered Dark Age fortifications dated exactly to the time King Arthur was supposed to have lived, and a great hall, suitable for King or leader of some kind. Proof, they believed, of Arthur, or someone very like him existed.

  40. 11

    The Men Who Found The Maya

    In the early nineteenth century, stories emerged of mysterious ruins that lay buried and forgotten, deep inside the jungles of Central America. But a lost civilisation in this region was thought to be impossible in the 1800s. Everyone knew that the continent had only ever been peopled by savages, and they couldn't have created such sophisticated structures. But then a young American lawyer named John Lloyd Stephens, and a British artist, Frederick Catherwood, went to seek out these ruins for themselves. They travelled hundreds of miles through the jungles of Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras and eventually uncovered forty four buried and forgotten cities. All with a common architectural style that confirmed that there was once a single, vast civilisation that had existed in a place where nobody believed there could be one. But for all their extraordinary revelations, there was still one question they could not answer. Who were the people who built this place? Stephens believed that their history was engraved on their monuments and that one day when someone could read them, they would be able to understand the history of those who had lived there. Over the next one hundred and seventy years, archaeologist's inspired by Stephens and Catherwood's explorations, managed to read the writings and the symbols, and a picture emerged of the rise and fall of one of the world's greatest civilisations, the Maya. With their astonishing discoveries, the two amateur explorers overturned everything we thought we knew about the history of the New World.

  41. 12

    The Curse of Treasure Mountain

    According to legend, a fortune in gold bullion lies buried somewhere in America's Rocky Mountains. The only clue to the treasure's location is a cryptic map, drawn by the sole survivor of a doomed French expedition. Colorado folklore states his descendants seek the gold for almost 200 years. But, just when it appears to be within their grasp, The Curse of Treasure Mountain strikes. Disease, violence, alleged supernatural forces - all have thwarted treasure-hungry adventurers seeking the hidden bullion. This is the incredible story of a fortune in gold, found and then lost in the Rocky Mountains.

  42. 13

    The Chalice Of Valencia

    Whilst on holiday in Spain researching a book, American author and writer Janice Bennett, found herself looking at an exhibit in the Cathedral in Valencia - claiming to be the Holy Grail. Although initially unimpressed she decided to find out more and her subsequent research took her on an exciting voyage of discovery, from 1st century Jerusalem to 21st century Spain. By tracing the history of this relic and examining all the supporting evidence - she has concluded that it could well be. The power and symbolism of the Quest for the Holy Grail have had a huge impact on western culture for centuries. This programme sets out to understand what within biblical tradition and emerging Christianity was meant by the grail - and how historic events, myth and the middle ages turned it into something completely different. To understand this complex chain of events Janice follows the archaeology and history to see if it is possible that a specific object said to have been the cup of Christ used at the Last Supper, then made it to Rome, where according to the traditions of the Roman Mass the words - taking 'this holy chalice' appear to imply St Peter used that same chalice to celebrate the Eucharist. But could that cup dating from St Peter's pontificate in Rome be the same chalice that turned up 1000 years later in medieval Spain and which 1000 years after that - during the height of the Spanish Civil War became a rallying point for Catholics and an object they were prepared to die for. This same object has been authenticated by archaeologists and used in services by two popes - but could it real be the Holy Grail?

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