Episode guide

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Series 1

Raiders of the Lost Past

  • Hitler and the Spear of Destiny

    Adolf Hitler coveted the Holy Lance - the spear used to pierce Jesus's side - and traced it to Vienna. Was it real or a copy? Find out here.

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  • The Quest for Noah's Ark

    Creationist J Randall Price led an expedition to find Noah's Ark in 2009, using clues from the Bible. Discover the fruits of this remarkable quest.

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  • The Missing Eighth Wonder of the World

    In 1941, Germany looted the USSR's Amber Room, deemed by many to be the eighth wonder of the world. Its fate was a mystery - can it be found?

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  • The Hunt for Pirate's Treasure

    Many treasure-hunters have tried to locate the loot of prolific pirate William Kidd, who was executed for his crimes in 1699. Will it ever be found?

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  • The Real King of Solomon Mines

    Investigating the legend of King Solomon's mine, which apparently contained gold from the mystical land of Ophir. How close are we to finding it?

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  • The Lost Sword of the Samurai

    Now worth millions of pounds, the Honjo Masamune is considered to be the greatest Japanese sword ever made. But where did it disappear to after WWII?

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  • Himmler and the Holy Grail

    Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS, enlisted veteran Otto Skorzeny to help him find the elusive Aryan Holy Grail. Did they have any success? Find out.

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  • The Hunt for the Book of Spells

    The Book of Thoth was said to have been penned by the Egyptian god himself. Is there any truth behind the legend? We investigate the myth.

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  • The Lost City of El Dorado

    Edwardian explorer Percy Fawcett launched several expeditions into the uncharted Amazon, looking for the fabled city of El Dorado. Hear what he discovered.

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  • The Nazis and the Book of Power

    Hear how Heinrich Himmler was set on obtaining the Annals, a book written by Roman historian Tacitus that apparently hinted at a German 'master race'.

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  • Raider Ron and the Lost Ark

    Ron Wyatt believed the Ark of the Covenant lay beneath a holy site in Israel, where digging was forbidden - not that it stopped him. Hear what he found.

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  • The Search for the Crystal Skulls

    FA Mitchell-Hedges and daughter Anna claimed to have found a crystal skull in the 1940s. Did it really have predictive powers? Hear the truth today.

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  • The Quest for the True Cross

    Excited historians believe they have traced a fragment of the cross on which Jesus died to a church in Rome. Is it the real deal? Find out today.

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Series 2

Raiders of the Lost Past

  • The Nazi Hunt for Atlantis

    SS chief Heinrich Himmler sought out an Aryan race who had apparently lived in the fabled city of Atlantis. Hear how his hunt for the mythical panned out.

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  • The Lost Spanish Galleon

    Farmer Mel Fisher spent years searching for a sunken Spanish galleon that was loaded with fabulous spoils, with tragic consequences. Hear about his story.

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  • The Search for King Arthur's Bones

    Excavations under historic Glastonbury Abbey unearth a huge pit. Was this gigantic man's grave the final resting place of the fabled King Arthur?

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  • The Lost Library of Ivan the Terrible

    Russian archaeologist Ignatius Stelletskii devoted his entire life to locating Ivan the Terrible's library. But did it even exist? Find out.

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  • The Legend of Kruger's Millions

    Hear what happened when South African councillor Athol Stark teamed up with a Zulu family to locate missing gold bullion, buried during the Boer War.

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  • The Lost Dutchman's Mine

    A dying Dutchman gives a young cowhand some cryptic clues about the existence of a rich gold mine in Arizona. Follow this gripping real-life treasure hunt.

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  • The Hunt for the Garden of Eden

    Join maverick professor Juris Zarins on a quest of biblical size: to prove that the fabled Garden of Eden was a Sumerian paradise called Dilmun.

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  • The Curse of Montezuma's Gold

    In 1914, prospector Freddie Crystal claimed to have found a map that revealed the site of Montezuma's legendary lost treasure. But was the area cursed?

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  • The Relics of Joan of Arc

    Forensic expert Philippe Charlier tries to uncover the truth behind the remains of France's most famous daughter: Joan of Arc. His findings are shocking.

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  • The Quest for the Labyrinth

    See archaeologists attempt to pinpoint the location of the Labyrinth, a maze-like structure said to have held the fearsome Minotaur in Greek mythology.

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  • The Lost Jewels of Helen of Troy

    Heinrich Schliemann claimed to have unearthed King Priam's treasure during his search for Troy in the 1870s. Hear the story of his intrepid quest.

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  • The Secret of the Copper Dead Sea Scroll

    Hear how the discovery of the Copper Scroll in 1952 led archaeologist John M Allegro on a hunt for silver and gold across 64 locations.

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  • The Shogun's Lost Treasure

    Learn more about the Japanese legend that tells of hidden gold in Mount Akagi, buried by shoguns in the 1800s to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

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Series 3

Raiders of the Lost Past

  • The Men Who Found the Maya

    The 19th-century expeditions of John L Stephens and Frederick Catherwood altered our view of the Maya civilisation. Hear about their amazing adventures.

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  • The Search for Nazi Gold

    Many people thought the Nazis had hidden gold in Lake Toplitz after WWII, but an underwater probe turns up an even bigger surprise. Tune in to find out what.

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  • The Priest, His Lover and the Holy Grail

    Hear about the peculiar fraud behind the myth that spawned Dan Brown's book, The Da Vinci Code. An odd tale involving a priest and a saint.

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  • The Mystery of Thomas Beale's Treasure

    Hear about the quests for legendary relics. Clayton Hart was obsessed with cracking a code that would reveal the location of a vast gold hoard.

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  • The Lost Ship of the Mojave Desert

    Rumours of a shipwreck in the Mojave Desert inspired prospector Charley Clusker to search for this fabled vessel in 1870. Discover what he found.

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  • The Chalice of Valencia

    Mysteries from history. US writer Janice Bennett investigates claims that the Holy Chalice of Valencia is in fact the Holy Grail - and she is soon convinced.

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  • The Pirate Treasure of Cocos Island

    In 1881, a German adventurer embarked on a treasure hunt on a Costa Rican island. His quest, revisited here, inspired the novel Treasure Island.

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  • The Quest for Camelot

    Did King Arthur and his pram-pushing, Spam-eating Knights of the Round Table truly exist? In the 1960s, one archaeological team hoped to prove Camelot was real.

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  • Yamashita's Gold

    A Filipino fortune seeker searches for gold hidden by the Japanese during World War II. Join another history obsessive as they try to unearth legendary artefacts.

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  • The Curse of Treasure Mountain

    Gold bullion is said to lie buried in the Rockies, but an awful curse seems to affect those who seek it out. Learn the truth about this enduring fable.

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  • The Search for Machu Picchu

    The Incan city of Machu Picchu was mostly unknown to the outside world until Hiram Bingham discovered its location in 1911. Hear about his intrepid quest.

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  • The Veil of Veronica

    Paul Badde embarks on a quest of Biblical proportions to prove that an image of Jesus found in Italy is in fact the Veil of Veronica, a long-lost Catholic relic.

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  • The Mystery of the Spider Rocks

    In the early 1900s, Dave Arnold used a cryptic map to track down Spanish gold in Texas. Hear about the daring exploits of a real-life treasure hunter.

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