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Season 1 Episode 24

The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses and Booby Traps

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Aired Unknown Sep 15, 2006 on The History Channel
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The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses and Booby Traps
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Fighting Nazis; grabbing golden treasure; fleeing angry natives; dodging pitfalls in a booby-trapped temple, we all know how fictional explorers and archaeologists spend their days. But does real life compare? Follow some of the most daring archaeologists and take on the dangers they face--Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass steps into a booby-trapped tomb; American Arthur Demarest fights looters in the jungles of Cancuen; and in Chiapas, angry villagers kidnap Australian-born Peter Mathews. Also examine stories of past explorers who helped shape the "Indiana Jones" stereotype--paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews battled venomous snakes and Mongol bandits in the Gobi Desert; John Pendlebury, the British archaeologist, fought Nazis on Crete; and Sylvanus Morley, who was the first American archaeologist/spy.moreless

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