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Season 1 Episode 24

The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses and Booby Traps

Aired Unknown Sep 15, 2006 on The History Channel
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The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses and Booby Traps
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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      • Josh: Hi, I'm Josh Bernstein from Digging for the Truth here in the ancient city of Hedra in Jordan. You might recognize this place from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this is where Indy & his dad found the Holy Grail. But behind fantastic movies like that one there are deeper truths to be found. Tonight, we'll get a glimpse into the surprising and sometimes perilous world of the archaeologist, where hostile groups, poisonous snakes and booby traps await. And on a good day, incredible discoveries too. The Real Tomb Hunters begins now, here on the History Channel.

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      • Commentators:

        Lisa Lucero
        Archeological Director, Yalbac

        Zahi Hawass
        Director of the Giza Pyramids Excavations

        Peter Mathews
        La Trobe University, Melbourne

        Arthur Demarest
        Vanderbilt University

        Michael Novacek
        Curator, American Museum of Natural History

        Charles H. Harris III
        Author, The Archaeologist Was A Spy

        Louis R. Sadler
        New Mexico State University

        Imogene Grundon
        Author, Rash Adventurer

        Christopher Hale
        Author, Himmler's Crusade

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