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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

  

Host Josh Gates looks out over the mountain of Phnom Kulen in Cambodia during a late-night lightning storm. 960 1280

  

Angkor Wat is a prime example of Khmer architecture, with its use of sandstone blocks for foundation and its lotus-shaped towers. 960 1280

  

Parts of the temples of King Jayavarman II's city still stand at the dig site on Phnom Kulen. 960 1280

  

Considering that the terrain up the mountain is difficult to traverse on foot, Josh acquires a motorbike to help him get to the top. 960 1280

  

Josh enjoys his time on a unique form of travel in Cambodia, the bamboo railroad, on his way to Battambang. 960 1280

  

As the sun sets over the floating village on the Tonle Sap, Josh wades down the river toward the dig site for the lost city on Phnom Kulen in Cambodia. 960 1280

  

Josh traverses the mountain of Phnom Kulen through rain, thunder and darkness in search of a mysterious relic. 960 1280

  

This statue of an elephant outside the gates of Mahendraparvata signifies the entrance to the lost city and the beginning of answers to the legend of King Jayavarman II. 960 1280

  

In order to escape the scorching temperatures, Josh jumps into the cool waters in picturesque Cambodia. 960 1280

  

Josh listens intently to an antique dealer, who explains to him the dangers of looters trying to find the lost city. 960 1280

  

A look at the glorious, self-sufficient floating village on the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia. 960 1280

  

Josh tries to visualize the layout of King Jayavarman's palace on Phnom Kulen in Cambodia from the ruins discovered by archaeologist JB Chevance. 960 1280

  

Sailing Down Chagres River

Sailing Down Chagres River

On Travel Channel's Expedition Unknown, host Josh Gates stands on a canoe during his journey down the Chagres River in Panama while retracing the steps of Captain Morgan. The twice-dammed river is the largest in the Panama Canal watershed. 960 1280

  

Portobelo

Portobelo

Portobelo was founded in 1597 and reportedly named by Christopher Columbus. Its fort was destroyed in the mid-18th century, during the War of Jenkins’ Ear. 960 1280

  

Meeting With the Embera

Meeting With the Embera

While in the village of the local Embera Indians in Panama, Josh stops to get a ceremonial tattoo before continuing his journey. 960 1280

  

Panama Canal Railway

Panama Canal Railway

When you want to get from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean quickly in Panama, take the famous Panama Canal Railway, which runs alongside the enormous canal. 960 1280

  

Miraflores Locks

Miraflores Locks

Josh poses on the Miraflores Locks as a cargo ship passes through the Panama Canal. Miraflores is 1 of 3 locks on the waterway. 960 1280

  

Lajas Reef

Lajas Reef

Josh and underwater archaeologist Fritz Hanselmann discuss the possibility of Captain Morgan's flagship being on the floor of the Lajas Reef in Panama. 960 1280

  

Searching the Seafloor

Searching the Seafloor

Joined by Fritz, Josh searches the seafloor of the Lajas Reef in Panama in hopes of finding clues to the wreckage of Captain Morgan's Satisfaction. 960 1280

  

Rising to the Surface

Rising to the Surface

After spending a few hours searching the seafloor for clues, Josh and Fritz rise to the surface to regroup. 960 1280

  

Panama Viejo

Panama Viejo

The former capital of Panama, Panama Viejo is the oldest part of the city and was very important to Captain Morgan’s raid. 960 1280

  

Transporting a Treasure Chest

Transporting a Treasure Chest

Josh helps Fritz's team transport the chest they found in a shipwreck on the seafloor, which they hope holds clues to the whereabouts of Captain Morgan’s lost flagship. 960 1280

  

Photos

Ready to Fly

Ready to Fly

Josh stands with treasure hunter Mike Evans in front of a small prop plane that will take them high above the forests of Bedford, VA, where they hope to locate the hidden Beale treasure. It’s said that sometime between 1819 and 1821, Thomas Jefferson Beale buried a treasure somewhere near present-day Bedford County. 960 1280

  

The Grand Masonic Temple

The Grand Masonic Temple

The Grand Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, where, in his search for the Beale treasure, Josh learns about James Ward and his Masonic past. It’s believed by some that Beale never really existed and in actuality was Ward. 960 1280

  

Looking for Artifacts

Looking for Artifacts

Josh strolls through a museum looking at artifacts from America’s Founding Fathers as he tries to validate the Beale treasure. 960 1280

  

National Cryptologic Museum

National Cryptologic Museum

Josh heads to the National Cryptologic Museum in Annapolis Junction, MD, to learn about ciphers and cipher technology from the 1500s to the present. 960 1280

  

Breaking the Code

Breaking the Code

Josh attempts to break a code at the cryptology museum, much like treasure hunters did with the Beale ciphers from the 1800s. 960 1280

  

Beale Papers Pamphlet

Beale Papers Pamphlet

The cover of an original copy of the Beale Papers pamphlet on display at the Bedford Museum in Virginia. The pamphlet was published in the 19th century and contains 3 numerical ciphers, which supposedly reveal the location of Thomas Beale's hidden treasure. 960 1280

  

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is said to be the key to solving the second cipher in the Beale Papers, which provides a description of the treasure. 960 1280

  

Cipher No. 3

Cipher No. 3

A look at an original copy of Cipher No. 3 in the Beale Papers, which, once decoded, will list the names, residences and next of kin of the treasure’s owners. 960 1280

  

Talking National Security

Talking National Security

Josh speaks with Todd Mateer, a cryptanalyst from the National Security Agency who developed a program to analyze the Beale ciphers. 960 1280

  

Catawba Murder Hole Map

Catawba Murder Hole Map

Josh goes with Beale treasure hunter Justin Cannady deep into the Catawba Murder Hole in search of relics and treasures. 960 1280

  

Rappelling in Virginia

Rappelling in Virginia

Josh is seen rappelling deep into the cave in the forests of Virginia in his search for the buried treasure described in the Beale Papers. 960 1280

  

Exploring Cancun

Exploring Cancun

Before Josh begins his investigation into the downfall of the Mayan Empire, he explores some of the best beaches Mexico has to offer. 960 1280

  

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Josh stands in front of El Castillo, the central pyramid of Chichen Itza in Mexico. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this pre-Columbian city built by the Mayans is also the second-most-visited archaeological site in the country. 960 1280

  

Floating in a Cenote

Floating in a Cenote

Josh poses with his crew while floating in a flooded cenote in Tulum, Mexico. There are more than 6,000 cenotes discovered in Mexico, accounting for over 1,000 miles worth of tunnels, with an estimated 10,000 miles of tunnels yet to be found. 960 1280

  

Josh Gates and Jovana Jimenez

Josh Gates and Jovana Jimenez

The next morning, Josh meets with Jovana Jimenez, an archaeologist who specializes in cenotes. She takes Josh into a cenote where he gets to see stalactite formations that are millions of years old. 960 1280

  

A Ghoulish Makeover

A Ghoulish Makeover

After leaving the ruins of Coba, Josh heads back to Tulum, where he takes part in the annual Day of the Dead festival by getting a ghoulish makeover. 960 1280

  

Sampling the Local Cuisine

Sampling the Local Cuisine

Josh gets in the spirit by dancing in the streets with some locals and sampling the region’s delicacies. 960 1280

  

Day of the Dead Festival

Day of the Dead Festival

After enjoying some of the local cuisine, Josh poses with a friendly yet scary Mexican at the Day of the Dead festival. 960 1280

  

Welcome to Myanmar

Welcome to Myanmar

While in Myanmar searching for the Great Bell of King Dhammazedi, Josh takes in one of the many religious sites in Yangon. 960 1280

  

Temples of Bagan

Temples of Bagan

Located in central Myanmar, Bagan is home to more than 2,000 temples. From the ninth century to the 13th century, Bagan was the center of the kingdom of Pagan, the heart of the Pagan Empire. It is estimated that there were more than 10,000 temples here at the height of the kingdom. 960 1280

  

Mount Popa

Mount Popa

Mount Popa is known as the home of the “nats,” Myanmar’s own spirits, which are worshipped in conjunction with Buddhism. After walking up 777 steps to the monastery on the mountain, Josh is greeted by Mr. Swe, a knowledgeable local. He teaches Josh about the history of Mount Popa and the religious traditions. 960 1280

  

Last Chance to Shop

Last Chance to Shop

While in Bagan, Josh stops at a local market to do some quick shopping. 960 1280

  

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda is more than 2,500 years old and is the hub of Yangon. Considered to be the holiest shrine in Myanmar, it welcomes thousands of pilgrims each year. This is where Josh meets with businessman Chit San Win to discuss his involvement with the Dhammazedi bell. 960 1280

  

Exploring the Local Market

Exploring the Local Market

Josh explores the local market in the township of Dala and purchases gifts for the local divers as an offering of good faith. 960 1280

  

Yangon Wharf

Yangon Wharf

Josh meets Damien Lay at the Yangon wharf to prepare for their boating expedition.  Before gearing up, Damien lays out the dangers that lie underneath the water. 960 1280

  

Preparing to Dive

Preparing to Dive

Josh prepares to dive in the Yangon River as he searches for the missing Great Bell of Dhammazedi. 960 1280

  

Great Bell of Dhammazedi

Great Bell of Dhammazedi

Bells, such as this one and the Great Bell of Dhammazedi, are extremely prevalent in the Buddhist religion. The ringing of a bell is a ritual used to call worshippers to mindfulness. 960 1280

  

Nat Spirits at Mount Popa

Nat Spirits at Mount Popa

A look at some of the nat spirits at Mount Popa in Bagan, Myanmar. Nat spirits are like patron saints of Myanmar that cover almost every aspect of a person’s life. 960 1280

  

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