Digging for the Truth

2005, TV Show

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Latest Episode: The Aztecs: Of Blood and Sacrifice

Apr 16, 2007 Season 3 Episode 12 watch on (Paid)

The Aztecs were the largest civilization to ever rule Mesoamerica, and they were also the bloodiest. In recent years, archeology and modern science are shedding new light on their prolific practice of human sacrifice. Could the gruesome tales of sacrifice and dismemberment, as told in the Spanish chronicles of the 16th century possibly be true? Could 80,400 people have been sacrificed in just 4 days in 1487? Josh travels to Mexico City to investigate and use forensic science to examine the bones of sacrificial rituals. He'll try his hand at the weapons of the Aztecs, sample the potions of the priests and even cut through flesh using the technology of the ancients.

The Lost Cities of the Amazon

Apr 24, 2006 Season 2 Episode 13

For 500 years, explorers have been searching the Amazon for traces of its fabled lost cities. Now, host Josh Bernstein searches for the most famous of them all. Following in the footsteps of explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett, Josh treks through thickly overgrown regions of the Amazon rain forest on the trail of the legendary "Lost City of Z". Along the way, he braves piranha-infested rivers, hacks through virgin jungle, and comes to terms with massive regions of deforestation. Finally, he joins up with the Kuikuro tribe. This warrior people takes him to investigate the archaeological remains of a huge forgotten city. Could it be the "Lost City of Z"? Josh learns ancient hunting, fishing, and horticultural techniques that allowed the tribes' ancestors to flourish long before European contact, the very skills which may be the key to the rain forest's future.
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The Real Sin City: Sodom and Gomorrah

Apr 17, 2006 Season 2 Episode 12

According to the Bible, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God to punish their citizens for their wicked ways. Was this just a biblical parable, or is there evidence that such a thing actually happened? Josh Bernstein travels to the Near East to follow clues laid out in the Bible. His search takes him to modern-day Jordan, where, nestled near the Dead Sea, two sister cities reveal archaeological evidence of a great destruction. What happened here, and when? Josh will climb Mount Sodom to inspect a strange "Pillar of Salt" - just like the one the Bible claims Lot's wife became. Next, he works with a pyrotechnic expert to reconstruct a natural-gas explosion that could have resulted in the destruction of Gomorrah. Could these be the fabled cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and if so, can the tools of modern-day archaeology reconstruct what happened during those fateful days before these cities were laid to waste?
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The Giants of Patagonia

Apr 03, 2006 Season 2 Episode 11

Explorers throughout the centuries visited the region in South America now known as Patagonia and reported sighting giants. From these accounts we get the name "Patagonia"—Land of the Big Feet. But what exactly did these explorers see? Now some experts suggest that the giant, upright-walking ground sloth, once widespread throughout Patagonia, could have been the source of these stories. Josh accompanies paleontologists, naturalists, and cryptozoologists on a search to determine whether the ground sloth could have lived into the era of human habitation. He'll trek across the glaciers of Patagonia, descend deep in the mountain caves, accompany a band of gauchos on horseback, and join a modern-day paleontology dig to try to discover evidence that the ground sloth still exists today.
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The Da Vinci Code: Bloodlines

Mar 27, 2006 Season 2 Episode 10

Explorer, sleuth, and Digging for the Truth host Josh Bernstein sifts fact from fiction to test the controversial theory recounted in Dan Brown's international sensation The Da Vinci Code. The theory states Jesus married Mary Magdalene and that she conceived a child. It suggests that the bloodline continues—unbroken—to this day. Josh shows what's true and what's clearly make-believe in Dan Brown's bestseller. From musty libraries to ancient churches, Josh's unique quest will lead him to seek the DNA evidence that might prove—or disprove—one of the most sensational claims in modern history. Most remarkably, he'll try to find a genetic link between a long-sheltered pocket of ancient Aramaic Assyrians in Turkey and a man who claims to be of the bloodline of Jesus himself.
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Troy: Of Gods and Warriors

Mar 20, 2006 Season 2 Episode 9

The Iliad is one of the most famous literary works of the Western world. It's an epic tale of Greek gods, earthly soldiers, and a decade-long fight over the most beautiful woman in the world. Josh Bernstein travels to Greece and Turkey on the search for Troy. Could the Iliad be based on fact?  Could the Trojan War really have happened? As Josh investigates, he learns what it took to live and fight on the coasts of the Aegean in the late Bronze Age. Josh tests the tools of Trojan warriors and uncovers a city in northern Turkey that just might prove that the Iliad was far more than a simple work of fiction.
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The Real Queen of Sheba

Mar 13, 2006 Season 2 Episode 8

In the pages of the Bible, the mysterious Queen of Sheba appears at the palace of Solomon bearing many fabulous gifts, including one of the world's most valued substances - frankincense. After a few short passages, this mysterious woman and her entourage disappear back into the desert from whence they came. In search of answers, Josh Bernstein starts his journey at religious libraries in Washington, D.C., and then jets to Ethiopia, on the horn of Africa, to the legendary home of the queen. Who was Sheba and where did she get wealth enough to impress the legendary Solomon himself? Following the trail of the ancient incense trade routes, Josh must travel to the Southern Arabian country of Yemen where the old traditions of the desert sheikhs still govern the land. Trekking into the dangerous countryside, where kidnapping is commonplace, Josh soon searches for clues to the queen's legacy. He eventually gains access to the Mahram Bilqis, a temple said to have been built by the queen herself. Amidst the shifting sands that threaten to rebury this ancient site, Josh may find the final evidence he's looking for, and he could even come face-to-face with the elusive queen.
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City of the Gods - Teotihuacan

Mar 06, 2006 Season 2 Episode 7

There was only one ancient city in the Americas that matched the scale of its European counterparts. Josh Bernstein heads off for central Mexico to check out Teotihuacán: the City of the Gods, which is now the world's largest and most enigmatic ghost town. He soars above the ancient city, explores obsidian mines, makes prehistoric tools, and tries to decode its impressive murals in a quest to understand who built the City of the Gods, how it became so powerful, and, most mysteriously of all, why it was abandoned.
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Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh

Feb 27, 2006 Season 2 Episode 6

Ruler of mighty Egypt, seductress of Roman emperors, how did the magnificent Cleopatra fall from grace? In the shadow of the pyramids, Josh Bernstein joins Zahi Hawass on a hunt for mummies from the time of the last great pharaoh. He comes face to face with Cleopatra's killer, the Egyptian cobra, and sails down the Nile searching for clues to her true history. In Alexandria, Josh descends into the cisterns below the modern city in search of evidence of Cleopatra's reign. Finally he dives into the Harbor of Alexandria, where a beautiful palace—possibly the last vestige of Cleopatra's legendary wealth—lies, the only testament to a woman who was perhaps the wisest and most cunning of all of Egypt's rulers.
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Roanoke: The Lost Colony

Feb 20, 2006 Season 2 Episode 5

In 1587, over one hundred settlers landed in the New World to establish England's first permanent colony. Three years later, they had vanished. On the trail of America's oldest missing-persons case, Josh Bernstein flies high above Roanoke island in a powered paraglider; climbs and cores a cypress tree to study the climate conditions the settlers faced; participates in an American Indian powwow; and even learns to cook as the local sixteenth-century natives once did. Then, Josh travels back to England to trace the roots of a family that could be descendants of the mysterious Roanoke colony. Using DNA science, he makes a groundbreaking discovery—and, amazingly, it suggests that one of the lost colonists of 1587 may have survived.
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The Vikings: Voyage to America

Feb 13, 2006 Season 2 Episode 4

Josh Bernstein sails a Viking ship from Denmark to discover what made the Vikings such masterful mariners. With the ancient Viking sagas as his guide, he embarks on a 4,000-mile journey from Scandinavia to Newfoundland, via Iceland and the wilds of southern Greenland. Along the way, he tracks down the archaeological evidence behind the Viking legends and proves, once and for all, that they really did beat Columbus to become the first Europeans in the New World.
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Stonehenge Secrets Revealed

Feb 06, 2006 Season 2 Episode 3

Stonehenge is one of the most famous and mysterious structures known to man. Now, host Josh Bernstein delves into the prehistoric world to investigate the creation of Stonehenge. From the depths of a 5000-year-old copper mine to an ancient quarry from which the stones were carved, Josh deploys the latest archaeological evidence to reveal who built this great monument. Then, using prehistoric technology as his guide, he reveals how it was built, and why!
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America's Pyramids

Jan 30, 2006 Season 2 Episode 2

In 1539, de Soto's Conquistadors landed in Florida in search of new lands and treasure for the Spanish Crown. Three years later, they were run off the continent by Native American warriors who lived on enormous, earthen pyramids along the Mississippi River. Who were these people? And how did they defeat one of the world's most powerful armies? Follow Josh Bernstein as he paddles down the bayous; builds his own earthen pyramid with modern equipment; and scuba dives the cold, dark waters of Wisconsin to solve the mystery of America's pyramid builders.
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The Real Temple of Doom

Jan 23, 2006 Season 2 Episode 1

Thousands of years before the Inca ruled the nation now called Peru, a strange and unique civilization dominated the region. It was called Chavín, and its story is one of the most bizarre in world history. Unlike the other civilizations of the Americas, Chavín status as a regional superpower wasn't based on its military muscle. Instead, Chavín rulers exercised a cult-like control over their subjects with the aid of hallucinogenic plants.  Josh Bernstein ventures deep into the miles of tunnels that lay beneath the ruins of Chavín de Huántar; comes face to face with some of the most fearsome animals of the Peruvian Amazon; and investigates a real temple of doom.  As he tries to understand this mysterious culture, he takes part in one of the ancient rituals still practiced by the country's powerful shaman-priests.
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