With a fresh and engaging approach to archaeology, the program digs for the truth and goes to extremes to do it…whether it's trekking through Ethiopia in search of the lost ark of the covenant… or tackling the jungles of the Amazon while searching for the hidden treasures of the Incas…or descending into the volcano Vesuvius to solve the puzzles of Pompeii.. All interviews are done with the experts on location. Hosted by Josh Bernstein, President & CEO of BOSS – the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH premieres on The History Channel on Monday, January 24th at 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with new episodes airing Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH: WHO BUILT EGYPT'S PYRAMIDS? (PREMIERE EPISODE on Monday, January 24th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT)
The great Egyptian Pyramids of Giza have inspired awe and wonder and fierce speculation over how and when they were built and who built them. Archaeologists say it was the ancient Egyptians – others argue that it was an even older civilization. Josh examines the evidence, explores secret chambers in the heart of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, visits the first pyramid ever built, and tries his hand at ancient stone quarrying techniques.
It's a hard-won perspective, but with the discovery of a mysterious flooded chamber deep beneath the Sphinx, Josh learns what appears to be the final truth.
DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH – NEFERTITI: THE MUMMY RETURNS (airing on Monday, January 24th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Queen Nefertiti was once the most beautiful and powerful woman in Egypt, renowned throughout the ancient world. However, she almost vanished without a trace. She was lost to the sands of Egypt for more than three thousand years. Only in the last century did archeologists discover that this legendary queen really lived at all. Since then, though, only fragments of her story have emerged.
Who was this mysterious woman? Why did she disappear? And can her mummy still be found today? To find out, host Josh Bernstein will follow a trail of clues into Egypt's most sacred and secret places, exploring dark tombs and coming face-to-face with the truth of at least one ancient mummy's identity.
DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH – POMPEII: SECRETS REVEALED (airing Monday, January 31st at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT)
In 79 AD, the volcano Vesuvius exploded in one of the most deadly eruptions of all time, killing an estimated 20,000 people and burying the city of Pompeii and its surrounding towns under tons of ash and pumice ten feet deep! In fact, it wasn't until 1600 years later that Pompeii was rediscovered and excavations began. One of the most amazing things archaeologists found was that many of the victims left cavities in the hardened ash when their bodies decayed. By injecting these cavities with plaster, they revealed the forms of people in their last moments of life, seemingly taken by surprise. But why were the people unprepared? Weren't there signs that Vesuvius was going to blow?
In search of answers, host Josh Bernstein explores ancient caverns under Naples literally dug out from the ruins of the eruption; visits other active volcano sites nearby, including the world's most active volcano – Stromboli - an island near Sicily, where "fireworks" from the mountain are a nightly entertainment; and even descends into the heart of Vesuvius itself.