Digging for the Truth

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Digging for the Truth
Digging for the Truth (season 1 DVD - cover art).jpg
Series DVD Cover - Season One
Starring Josh Bernstein (Seasons 1-3)
Hunter Ellis (Season 4)
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 46
Production
Running time 60 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel History Channel
Original airing January 24, 2005
External links
Website

Digging for the Truth was a History Channel television series. The first three seasons of the show focused on host Josh Bernstein, who journeyed on various explorations of historical icons and mysteries. Bernstein is the president and CEO of BOSS (Boulder Outdoor Survival School) and has a degree in anthropology and psychology from Cornell University. The show airs every Monday night at 9:00 EST on the History Channel. The series premiered in January, 2005 and has since become the highest-rated series in the history of The History Channel, which was surprising given the previous show "Time Titans" from the production crew never made it past the pilot.[1] The third season premiered on January 22, 2007, with a 2-hour special event on the quest for Atlantis.

Bernstein announced on February 20, 2007, that he would be leaving The History Channel and Digging for the Truth, and would, as of April, join The Discovery Channel as an executive producer and host of a new prime-time series and specials.[citation needed] Hunter Ellis, host of Tactical to Practical and Man, Moment, Machine for The History Channel, then replaced Josh Bernstein as host.

Synopsis[edit]

Each episode typically dealt with an event or subject in history that is not completely understood by modern historians. As such, many of the topics covered are controversial in some respect. Josh Bernstein usually mentioned the various theories that exist on the subject, although the episode may not actually have explored all of them. He then traveled to various locations to ask questions of researchers, and he often he put himself into situations (e.g. working in a quarry, climbing a rock-face) that simulated the activities of people in the time period he explored. Almost all of the researchers he talked to were professionals in the subject at hand, and many of the places he visited (e.g. the inside of a pyramid) are not open to the general public. At the end of the each episode, Josh pulled together everything discussed in the episode to either formulate a hypothesis of what actually happened historically or to conclude that what really happened remains a mystery.

Episodes[edit]

Season One[edit]

  1. Who Built Egypt's Pyramids?
  2. Pompeii Secrets Revealed
  3. Hunt for the Lost Ark
  4. The Holy Grail
  5. The Iceman Cometh
  6. Quest for King Solomon's Gold
  7. Passage to the Maya Underworld
  8. The Lost Tribe of Israel
  9. Secrets of the Nazca Lines
  10. The Search for El Dorado
  11. Giants of Easter Island
  12. Mystery of the Anasazi
  13. Nefertiti: The Mummy Returns

Season Two[edit]

  1. The Real Temple of Doom
  2. America's Pyramids
  3. Stonehenge Secrets Revealed
  4. The Vikings: Voyage to America
  5. Roanoke: The Lost Colony
  6. Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh
  7. City of the Gods - Teotihuacan
  8. The Real Queen of Sheba
  9. Troy: Of Gods and Warriors
  10. The Da Vinci Code: Bloodlines
  11. The Giants of Patagonia
  12. The Real Sin City: Sodom and Gomorrah
  13. The Lost Cities of the Amazon

Season Three[edit]

  1. Atlantis: New Revelations 2-hour Special
  2. Lost Empire Of Genghis Khan
  3. King Tut Secrets Revealed
  4. New Maya Revelations
  5. Ramesses II: Visions of Greatness
  6. Machu Picchu
  7. Secrets of Mummies
  8. Lost Treasures of Petra
  9. Stonehenge of the Americas
  10. Lost Treasures of the Copper Scroll
  11. The Aztecs
  12. Searching for King David

Season Four[edit]

  1. Mummies of the Clouds
  2. The Hunley: New Revelations
  3. Kings of the Stone Age
  4. Pirates: Terror in the Mediterranean
  5. God's Gold, Part 1
  6. God's Gold, Part 2
  7. Timbuktu
  8. Angkor Wat: Eighth Wonder of the World

Book[edit]

In late 2006, Josh Bernstein's book, Digging for the Truth: One Man's Epic Adventure Exploring the World's Greatest Archaeological Mysteries, was published. In the book, Bernstein talked a bit about his past and BOSS, but it is mostly a behind-the-scene look at various episodes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grace-Kobas, Linda (March 8, 2006). "Josh Bernstein profile". Cornell University. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 

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