TVs America Unearthed logo
|Presented by||Scott Wolter|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||13 (so far)|
|Executive producer(s)||Andy Awes & Maria Awes|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Committee Films|
|Distributor||A&E Television Networks|
|Original run||December 21, 2012– Present|
America Unearthed is an American television series that was the first original series to air on the A&E Networks channel H2. The show premiered on 21 December 2012 and is produced by Committee Films of Chaska, Minnesota. The program is hosted by a Minnesota based geologist named Scott Wolter, who is described as an "Indiana Jones adventurer." Wolter investigates mysteries and artifacts that he believes reveal an alternative history of the United States.
In September 2009, History Channel aired the two-hour special “Holy Grail in America,” which was produced by Committee Films. Because of the success of this program, Committee Films developed a series to be hosted by Wolter, who has previously appeared in Committee’s “Holy Grail in America” as an on camera expert discussing his research and analyzing several artifacts.
America Unearthed began airing in the network H2 in December 2012 (the first episode, American Maya Secrets, aired on the supposed end of the Mayan calendar and dealt with a possible Mayan village in Georgia). The program was a success for the network, becoming "the #1 series of all time on H2" and was subsequently greenlit for a second season with production set to begin in the spring of 2013.
The series had an average of 765,000 viewers in early 2013 and surpassed 1 million viewers in January 2013. Author Jason Colavito has been critical of the show's historical accuracy and Wolter's credentials. Director of the Sinclair / St. Clair DNA Study, Steve St. Clair, has worked with Scott Wolter in exploring some of the subjects of America Unearthed and is very interested in Wolter's research.
List of episodes
|Title||Original air date|
|1||101||"American Maya Secrets"||December 21, 2012|
|Wolter explores a government-restricted site in rural Georgia and believes it is connected to the ancient Mayans.|
|2||102||"Medieval Desert Mystery"||December 28, 2012|
|Wolter investigates a burial site in the mountains of Arizona and believes it may belong to a medieval Englishman.|
|3||103||"Great Lakes Copper Heist"||January 4, 2013|
|Wolter believes a decline in Lake Superior's copper content is connected to a pre-historic civilization and the Bronze Age.|
|4||104||"Giants in Minnesota"||January 11, 2013|
|Wolter visits a Minnesota farmer to investigate bones the farmer believes may be from a Norse giant.|
|5||105||"A Deadly Sacrifice"||January 18, 2013|
|Wolter investigates a large boulder from the Arkansas River inscribed with a bull symbol.|
|6||106||"Stonehenge in America"||January 25, 2013|
|Wolter believes America's Stonehenge is related to England's Stonehenge and that ancient Phoenicians are common to both.|
|7||107||"Mystery of Roanoke"||February 1, 2013|
|Wolter thinks a series of clues that have been largely ignored and considered frauds may be related to the Lost Colony of Roanoke.|
|8||108||"Chamber Hunting"||February 8, 2013|
|Wolter heads to rural Pennsylvania to investigate an underground stone chamber he thinks may have been a ritual bath chamber for a secret society.|
|9||109||"Motive for Murder"||February 15, 2013|
|Wolter investigates the death of Meriwether Lewis and questions Lewis's suicide.|
|10||110||"The Desert Cross"||February 22, 2013|
|Wolter and his son Grant investigate the Tucson artifacts, thirty-one lead objects including crosses, swords and other relics pulled from the desert in the 1920s.|
|11||111||"Tracking The Templars"||March 1, 2013|
|Wolter believes a symbol known as the "Hooked X" is unique to the Knights Templar and the Freemasons.|
|12||112||"America's Oldest Secret"||March 8, 2013|
|Wolter is convinced The Newport Tower was built by Knights Templar who came to America centuries ago.|
|13||113||"Hunt for the Holy Grail"||March 15, 2013|
|A treasure hunter invites Wolter along on his quest to find the Holy Grail in a well on the property of a rumored Templar prince.|
- "Splice Handles Post for America Unearthed". Splice Post Production. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
- "H2 Network a Hit With Men". Ad Age Media News. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- "Unearthing America's Secret History". Chaska Herald. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- "Twin Cities Geologist Digs into Mysteries". Pioneer Press. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- "DVD Review of Holy Grail in America (2010)". DVD Talk. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- "Scott Wolter's Hooked X Book Website". Hooked X. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- "Air Date Obtained from Online Episode List". History Channel. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
- "History Channel program probes Mayan presence in north Georgia". Athens Banner Herald. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
- "H2 Renews America Unearthed". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- "Renewal Round Up". Real Screen Online. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
- "Wolter's Non-Existent Degree?". Jason Colavito. Retrieved February 5, 2013.