Josh Gates's Top 10 Don't-Try-This-at-Home Moments

Expedition Unknown unites the world's mysteries with a few host-related certainties: Josh Gates wears the same shirt for days. He'll eat the sketchiest food he can find. And he will scare the $%@# out of his audience at least once an hour. 

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Nazca Desert

Nazca Desert

Josh Gates stands with a Nazca expert named Mario, who teaches him how to make his own Nazca Line in the Peruvian desert. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Nazca Desert is covered in ancient works of art etched into the sand, called geoglyphs. 960 1280

  

Cahuachi Temple

Cahuachi Temple

One of several temples in Cahuachi, which acts as a Nazca religious site in the middle of the desert and offers breathtaking views of the vast surroundings. 960 1280

  

Trophy Heads

Trophy Heads

A look at trophy heads in the Paracas History Museum in Peru — the perfect place to learn more about the mysterious people who may have created the Nazca Lines. 960 1280

  

Paracas Artifacts

Paracas Artifacts

A look at several rare artifacts of the Paracas people. 960 1280

  

Riding Around the Desert

Riding Around the Desert

Josh hops on an ATV in the Peruvian desert as he follows a lead that the Nazca Lines point to water. 960 1280

  

Chauchilla Cemetery

Chauchilla Cemetery

A look at an authentic tomb at the Chauchilla Cemetery in Nazca, which is known for its mummified skeletons and burial arrangement. 960 1280

  

Nazca Aqueducts

Nazca Aqueducts

The so-called ojos provide access to the aqueducts that were handmade by the Nazca people, which are dug deep into the desert in order to filter fresh water. 960 1280

  

Desert Vistas

Desert Vistas

A picturesque view of the gorgeous landscape in the Peruvian desert. 960 1280

  

Looking Out Over Norway

Looking Out Over Norway

Josh takes in the view from atop Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, while he searches for the mythical Viking sunstone. 960 1280

  

Nidaros Cathedral

Nidaros Cathedral

This is the glorious Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. The cathedral is said to be the final resting place of Viking King St. Olaf, who is rumored to have a treasured sunstone buried with him. 960 1280

  

Inside Nidaros Cathedral

Inside Nidaros Cathedral

Josh stands in front of the beautiful, gothic architecture, Nidaros Cathedral. 960 1280

  

Sampling the Local Cuisine

Sampling the Local Cuisine

Before embarking on his quest for the elusive Viking sunstone, Josh sits in a small diner to sample Norway’s local cuisine and wine. 960 1280

  

Searching Catacombs

Searching Catacombs

Josh and church official Ingrid Tesli search the catacombs under Nidaros Cathedral for the unmarked tomb of King Olaf. 960 1280

  

Authentic Viking Hall

Authentic Viking Hall

During his journey across Norway, Josh stops at Migrad, an authentic Viking hall. People welcomed him with open arms on his quest to find a Viking sunstone. 960 1280

  

Feeling Like a Viking

Feeling Like a Viking

Josh is decked out in full Viking garb -- along with his companion craftsman Gyra -- as he gets ready to climb aboard an authentic Viking vessel in Oslo, Norway. 960 1280

  

Osseburg Viking Ship

Osseburg Viking Ship

Located inside the Viking Museum in Oslo, Norway, the Osseburg Viking ship was discovered completely intact. These vessels carried the Vikings across the Atlantic and throughout Europe. 960 1280

  

Looking for Calcite Crystals

Looking for Calcite Crystals

Josh and his guide, Christian Berg, repel deep into an abandoned mine in Kongsberg, Norway, in search of calcite crystal to test the sunstone myth. 960 1280

  

Old West Gates

Old West Gates

Josh Gates goes full cowboy in old west regalia while visiting a former boomtown in Montana. 960 1280

  

Plummer's Gold

Plummer's Gold

Josh examines mining records with historian Mark Webber as he investigates a notorious Montana sheriff's lost fortune. 

 

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Plummer's Gold

Plummer's Gold

Josh examines mining records with historian Mark Webber as he investigates a notorious Montana sheriff's lost fortune.  960 1280

  

Plummer's Gold

Plummer's Gold

Gold prospector Rob Towner and engineer Bobby show Josh a mining map as they search for evidence of a lost fortune in Montana.  960 1280

  

Plummer's Gold

Plummer's Gold

Boom! Josh and his guides set off controlled explosions in the Montana countryside.  960 1280

  

Boomtown

Boomtown

Josh played the part while meeting a group of gold rush reenactors in Montana. 960 1280

  

Montana Transport

Montana Transport

Josh explores Montana's backcountry via horse while he searches for Sheriff Henry Plummer's lost treasure.  960 1280

  

Plummer's Gold

Plummer's Gold

The jailhouse of Sheriff Henry Plummer still stands in Bannock, Montana.  960 1280

  

Boomtown

Boomtown

Josh checks out an abandoned building in a former Montana boomtown. 960 1280

  

Boomtown

Boomtown

Another left-behind building, an old schoolhouse, found in the abandoned boomtown Bannock, Montana. 960 1280

  

The Hunt for Attila

The Hunt for Attila

Historian Dr. Imre Lanszki and Josh examine wall carvings outside of Budapest that may lead them to the lost tomb of Attila the Hun. 

 

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Buried Clues

Buried Clues

Josh dusts off a found fossil at a dig site outside of Budapest. 960 1280

  

Steady Aim

Steady Aim

Josh tries his hand at archery while riding horseback.  960 1280

  

Budapest Ride

Budapest Ride

Josh drives a UAZ-469 utility vehicle during his investigation into the lost tomb of Attila the Hun.  960 1280

  

The Vanished Empire

The Vanished Empire

In his search for evidence of an empire unaccounted for, Josh Gates vists An ancient Greek temple. 960 1280

  

Greek Ruins

Greek Ruins

Archaeological ruins like these seen in Greece may lead to more clues of what happened to the lost Grecian empire.  960 1280

  

Parthenon

Parthenon

These ruins are all that stands of the former Athens temple dedicated to the goddess Athena.  960 1280

  

Ready for Battle

Ready for Battle

Josh explores the town in a Vespa while donning a Spartan helmet. 960 1280

  

Underwater Expedition

Underwater Expedition

Josh in full scuba gear wades in the water before going for a deep dive. 960 1280

  

Going Greek

Going Greek

Josh and historian Colin McDonald tour an ancient Greek temple. 960 1280

  

Dive Prep

Dive Prep

A member of the diving crew assembles a device before Josh and his team go for a dive in Grecian waters.  960 1280

  

Hanging Out

Hanging Out

Josh holds on for dear life in Greece.  960 1280

  

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