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X Marks the Spot

When it comes to searching for treasure, the hunt is half the fun. Maybe you’ll unearth gold or silver. Maybe you’ll find an important piece of history. Or maybe you’ll discover that there’s something far more valuable — great memories of the travel experience.

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Don Bolles' mangled car
Don Bolles' mangled car

Don Bolles' mangled car

The Newseum in Washington, DC, showcases the mangled body of a car from the 1970s that tells the story of an intrepid journalist’s dogged pursuit of the truth in the face of grave danger. 960 1280

  

Newseum

Newseum

On June 13, 1976, Don Bolles, an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic was set to meet with an informant who never showed. He got into his car and started the engine, detonating a bomb hidden under the driver’s seat. His murder has been tied to the mafia. 960 1280

  

Snake Oil

Snake Oil

This vial of clear liquid was said to contain a miracle cure. 960 1280

  

Skeptiseum

Skeptiseum

Clark Stanley’s Snake Oil, now on display at the Skeptiseum at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, NY, was sold as a miraculous cure-all. In 1917, the US government tested this “snake oil” and found it was actually just bottled mineral oil. 960 1280

  

Bank Vault Door

Bank Vault Door

On September 7, 1876, a notorious band of outlaws attempted to rob the First National Bank of Northfield in Minnesota. 960 1280

  

Northfield Historical Society

Northfield Historical Society

At the Northfield Historical Society visitors can get a look at the massive vault door that one bank worker refused to open, thereby stopping the robbery and thwarting one of the most ruthless gangs of the Wild West. 960 1280

  

Whydah Pirate Museum

Whydah Pirate Museum

At the Whydah Pirate Museum in Provincetown, MA, the coins on display are the result of one man’s discovery of a centuries-old map and his tireless efforts to uncover a pirate’s treasure long thought lost. 960 1280

  

Pirate Museum

Pirate Museum

The Whydah Galley is the first authenticated pirate shipwreck to ever be discovered. In 1717, Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy captured the slave ship and turned it in to his flagship. Only 2 months later, the ship was wrecked off the coast of Wellfleet, MA, and wasn’t discovered until 260 years later. 960 1280

  

Tea Crate from Boston Tea Party

Tea Crate from Boston Tea Party

At the Boston Tea Party Museum in Boston, MA, visitors can get a rare glimpse at one of only 2 surviving tea crates from the infamous event. 960 1280

  

National Air Force Museum

National Air Force Museum

At the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH, visitors can marvel at an F-94 Starfire jet, the same model aircraft involved in a shocking encounter over the nation’s capital. 960 1280

  

National Air Force Museum

National Air Force Museum

In July 1952, a series of UFO sightings over Washington, DC, alarmed both the US Air Force and the CIA. 960 1280

  

Digging at Fort St. Philip
Digging at Fort St. Philip

Digging at Fort St. Philip

The relic hunters of Dig Wars head down the Mississippi River to Fort Saint Philip, where they hope to dig up treasures from as early as the 18th century. Teammates Mark and Ron quickly duck out of sight in an attempt to distance themselves from the others. 960 1280

  

Digging at Fort St. Philip

Digging at Fort St. Philip

Mark Slinkman and Ron Guinazzo head for the beach where they believe Hurricane Katrina has unearthed fresh ground. 960 1280

  

Fort St. Philip, Louisiana

Fort St. Philip, Louisiana

Fort Saint Philip hasn’t been open to the public since Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm altered the landscape of the fort, and the hunters hope it also uncovered rare relics from the past. 960 1280

  

War of 1812 and the Civil War at Fort St. Philip

War of 1812 and the Civil War at Fort St. Philip

Home to important battles in both the War of 1812 and the Civil War, Fort Saint Phillip is loaded with history. It was initially developed by the French in the mid-1700s and was later controlled by the Spanish. Here, Larry puts a find in his apron. 960 1280

  

Finding artifacts at Fort St. Philip

Finding artifacts at Fort St. Philip

Mark Slinkman inspects a find. 960 1280

  

Searching for artifacts at Fort St. Philip

Searching for artifacts at Fort St. Philip

Larry and Mike head north where they hope to find souvenirs from the time of the French and Spanish. 960 1280

  

Fort St. Philip, Louisiana

Fort St. Philip, Louisiana

The relic hunters stumble upon an animal skull at Fort Saint Philip. 960 1280

  

Digging at Fort St. Philip

Digging at Fort St. Philip

Josh and Abby Silva decide to head directly into the fort and dig along the walls. 960 1280

  

Digging at Fort St. Philip

Digging at Fort St. Philip

Josh and Abby inspect one of their finds. 960 1280

  

Digging at Fort St. Philip

Digging at Fort St. Philip

The husband-and-wife duo celebrates a great find. 960 1280

  

Casell Gallery New Orleans

Casell Gallery New Orleans

Ron Guinazzo and Mark Slinkman show their discoveries to appraiser Joe Wyman at Casell Gallery in New Orleans. 960 1280

  

Appraising an artifact

Appraising an artifact

How much will Abby and Josh’s artifact be worth? Tune in to find out! 960 1280

  

Ron, Bernie and Diane
Ron, Bernie and Diane

Ron, Bernie and Diane

Gem hunter Ron LeBlanc travels to Madagascar with his 2 most trusted specialists: geologist Bernie Gaboury and jewelry maven Diane Robinson. 960 1280

  

Pink sapphires

Pink sapphires

Ron negotiates for a parcel of pink sapphires in Madagascar’s market village of Ibitzi. 960 1280

  

Purchasing gems

Purchasing gems

Diane, Ron and Bernie buy gems from local dealers in Ibitzi. The gem hunters are forced to use all their skill, cunning and guile to outsmart the local gem dealers who are often swindlers. 960 1280

  

Gem hunters

Gem hunters

The gem hunters take a break in the village of Ibitzi. 960 1280

  

Ibitzi

Ibitzi

Bernie and Ron walk the streets of Ibitzi. Local gem dealers know Ron well, and often stop him on the street to try to make a deal. 960 1280

  

Diane poses with a Chameleon

Diane poses with a Chameleon

Diane poses with a Chameleon on the side of the road during their trip from the city of Toliara to the gem mines of Ilakaka. 960 1280

  

Gem Mines of Ilakaka

Gem Mines of Ilakaka

Ron and his crew travel to the notorious gem mines of Ilakaka to watch workers hunt for gemstones. Finding a large stone is an extreme rarity. 960 1280

  

Madagascar

Madagascar

After purchasing pink sapphires in Ibitzi, Ron, Diane and Bernie travel the island of Madagascar in search of the perfect piece of aquamarine. 960 1280

  

Ron examines a gem

Ron examines a gem

Ron, a geologist, is a pro at spotting synthetic gemstones. 960 1280

  

Aquamarine

Aquamarine

The gem hunters get more than they bargained for when smugglers and a government agent offer them a $700,000 piece of aquamarine that is about to be whisked out of the country. 960 1280

  

Ron holds a large gem

Ron holds a large gem

Ron holds a large gem after it’s been cut. 960 1280

  

Malagasy ariary

Malagasy ariary

Ron has $20,000 to spend on gemstones, which he turns into 17 million Malagasy ariary, the local currency. It’s a black-market country so Ron cuts his deal for cash in an alleyway. 960 1280

  

Pink sapphires

Pink sapphires

Diane examines a pink sapphire. 960 1280

  

Josh and Abby Silva gear up to dig at Antietam Overlook, near the site of the bloodiest day of the Civil War. The Battle of Antietam was fought on September 17, 1862 and marked the end of General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North. 960 1280

  

Antietam Overlook

Antietam Overlook

The teams arrive at the Antietam Overlook Farm where the temperatures have dropped and the hard, frozen ground is covered in snow, which makes relic hunting more difficult than usual. 960 1280

  

Dig Wars equipment

Dig Wars equipment

The teams have all kinds of digging equipment at the ready! 960 1280

  

Battle of Antietam

Battle of Antietam

The day after the Battle of Antietam, General Lee’s forces retreated to the South. This strategic victory gave Abraham Lincoln the confidence to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. 960 1280

  

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