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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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Georgia Landing
Georgia Landing

Georgia Landing

Ron Guinazzo and Mark Slinkman gear up for a day of digging at Georgia Landing, a sugar cane plantation that has just opened to the public for the first time in years. 960 1280

  

Battle of Georgia Landing

Battle of Georgia Landing

Located in Labadieville, LA, Georgia Landing was the site of an important battle during the American Civil War. In hopes of gaining control of this strategic location on the bayou, Union forces descended on the Confederate soldiers in October 1862. 960 1280

  

Georgia Landing

Georgia Landing

Because of the Union forces’ superior numbers, they were able to oust the Confederates after they ran out of ammunition. 960 1280

  

Digging at Georgia Landing

Digging at Georgia Landing

Larry Cissna and Mike Scott heading out to the site of the battle in search of relics. 960 1280

  

Relic hunting in Georgia

Relic hunting in Georgia

Mark and Ron, relic-hunting novices, use a different strategy, and set out in search of the old trading post. 960 1280

  

Relic hunting in Louisiana

Relic hunting in Louisiana

The relic hunters won’t let any obstacles get in the way of a good find! Josh helps Abby as she attempts to climb through a barbed-wire fence. 960 1280

  

Digging relics at Georgia Landing

Digging relics at Georgia Landing

Josh thinks he’s found something! Typically at these historic battlefields, the relic hunters come across buttons, coins and bullets. 960 1280

  

Digging relics at Georgia Landing

Digging relics at Georgia Landing

Ron Guinazzo and Mark Slinkman decide to “bottom-feed” on Josh and Abby’s section of the property, where they pick up an item that could be worth $10,000. 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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