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Truly Truly AWFUL !!
baddanielbambo3 May 2016
this show its an insult to archeology,history and generally for anybody with an IQ above 10,TRULLY ,TRULLY,AWFUL piece of crap, the worst thing i've seen on TV ever !!!!! the so called "findings" were never carbon dated so they were free to create their own delusional version of so called "history" we should sue the producer of this show for the lost time of our lives spent watching this pile of bull.Also to present a lump of LEAD as silver ,for me this is beyond dishonest and it borders breaking the law,i'm just saying…..

P.S.: History Chanel should stop lowering its standards with this kind of retarded and awful crap.

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"Unreality" TV
lynxx5524 September 2015
This show is even more stupid and contrived than most "reality TV" shows. Let's take some exciting buzzwords: "lost treasure", "pirates", "templars", "shipwreck", "Captain Kidd" and mash them up with legend and folktales and conjecture. Let's call it "scientific archaeological discovery".

The so-called recovered silver ingots presented to the President of Madagascar were later determined to be 95% lead fakes. UNESCO investigators stated that the sunken ship was not Kidd's. It was not even a ship, but a broken part of the harbor construction.


This program is also a "lead fake".
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Extremely bad.**Spoilers ahead***
Sergio Scout4 October 2015
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I thought I would give this series a try. It was not a great experience and that is putting it mildly. This program contains a lot of opinions that cant be verified by either historical facts or lab tests. **Spoilers ahead**

The "treasure hunters" Wolters and Clifford go on a Madagascar safari because Clifford found an "artifact during one of his dives in Madagascar. The item, which is Ivory ( or so they claim) should have been tested for its date. That in turn would put a lot more credibility to their "loose theories" but do they do that? No.

The same goes for a supposedly precious item that has been found that is being claimed by Clifford to be of the precious metal variety ( silver) However no tests have been done yet again. Those tests are cheap, easy to do and will again put more validity to the claims they make. Again they don't do it.

Even the UNESCO called them out on it and literately destroyed nearly every claim the program makers, hosts and others put forth by using factual evidence. Here is the UNESCO report: http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CLT/pdf/Rapport_Ma dagascar_EN_public.pdf

If I could rate this show lower than 1 I would do so.
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Look Ma! I Invented History!
Steve Madak6 October 2015
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You gotta love this new kind of pseudo science. And by love, I mean mock mercilessly. Basically, its Modus Operandi is; come up with a theory, go to basically any historical site and find anything(and i do mean anything), pick it up and state that it lends itself to your original theory. Anyone that knows anything about the science of discovery will tell you this is the exact way you don't want to do history.

Scott Wolter and his merry band of cohorts do seem to actually find an item or two.But when they find these seemingly unrelated pieces, they pronounce, on the spot, that this is exactly what they were looking for and let the glad handing begin. It really is silly.

All that aside, I do go as high as a 4 because there is some production value and the B roll is great. In the end I watch these kinds of shows to get information that is usually already been disseminated in show after show. I think that's where Wolter does his worst because he wants to add garbage to the narrative that just isn't there. Or if it is, he sure hasn't done any real work to show how it is.
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More than fake, a fraud.
Hymeros Hymeros17 May 2017
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How can a network produce that?

All the quest is just fake and, worse, some information are pure lies. Like the day when a "minister of Madagascar" dive with Clifford. In fact, it's a complete team of diving archaeologist of UNESCO that stayed there for 8 days. Far away of what we see in the show. They concluded that it was not a boat, a ship but just a broken part of the port. Wow, so exciting...

Another very sad thing, yes sad, it's the mysterious Cryptogram of "La Buse". So mysterious but... already translated since 1934. Could we expect that Wolter will "translate" it in a next season? No please!

You want to know the real story? Just open a history book or visit Wikipedia. It's probably what the producers did. You know what? Next time, they'll claim the discovery of the hot water.

Scott Wolter running around the World is so pathetic and the Barry Clifford's team in Madagascar so amateur. Not one once of professionalism.

At least, you can watch it as a funny documentary, but it's not funny and not a documentary.
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Not Only Misleading and Leaping Conclusions to a Bogus Theory But Bad History
classicalsteve19 August 2018
Oh History Channel, what have you done? A ridiculously silly reality show that makes so many leaps the conclusions are not only ludicrous but laughable. The premise is the people in this show are trying to find the supposed lost treasure of the Knights Templar. There has been little or no evidence to support that such a treasure even existed, but we'll get to that later in this review. The players in this academic charade pick up an artifact at every turn and start making gross proclamations. But let's first discuss some of the bad history.

The only statement of fact which is true is that the Templars named themselves after the Great Jewish Temple in Jerusalem which was destroyed 66-70 CE (aka AD) in the infamous Roman Wars against the Jews. They probably discovered legends about the Temple (there were in fact two of them, the earlier one destroyed by the Babylonians circa 500 BCE) when knights were fighting to retake Jerusalem from Islam during the Crusades. This is probably the only true historical reality mentioned by this show. Almost all the rest of the assertions are an amalgamation of bad history or bogus conclusions.

Let's talk about the bad history. One of the claims was that Jesus was an Essene and Essenes buried people in ossuaries in Jerusalem. This gives rise to their "skull and bones" theory since the bones of the deceased were placed in the ossuary first and the skull on top. Their conclusion: this imagery was used by pirates in their skull and bones flags during the 17th century and is a direct link back to ancient times via the Knights Templar and later the Freemasons after circa 1600. Ridiculous. Firstly, the Essenes lived in caves apart from Jerusalem, and I don't know if they found graves there. The caves, known as Qumran is where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. While scholars have found similarities in the rhetoric of Jesus and the Essenes, there is no evidence that Jesus was an Essene.

Also, just about every Jew living in Jerusalem during the first centuries BCE and CE buried their dead in ossuaries. The practice was so common, many ossuaries survive from Antiquity and plain examples can be bought for about $500. Current residences of Jerusalem use some of them for plotting plants! The idea that because traditionally the bones were placed beneath the skulls in these ossuaries and therefore that's a link to the "skull and bones" flags of pirates of the 17th and early 18th centuries is silly. It's similar to claims of the Shroud of Turin which purports to be the shroud of Christ, forgetting that no evidence of such a shroud is extant until circa the 14th century, which is when the Shroud is carbon-dated. (There is one document from the early Middle Ages about a shroud, but considering there were millions of them by the end of Antiquity, it's definitely reaching.)

And then we get to the evidence. In the show, some divers find some far eastern artworks from shipwreck off of the island of Madagascar. They start making these leaps that these artifacts are linked to the Templars! For one thing, they don't do any proper analysis to determine when these artifacts were created. And then they start making these huge leaps about how they connect with the Templars. Just because an artifact may have been found near the Temple Mount of Jerusalem or off the coast of Madagascar in no way proves they had anything to do with the Templars, even if they were created during the period. But many of these kinds of artifacts were also created during the 19th century.

This presentation was probably aimed at the same people who believe "The Da Vinci Code" is really a non-fiction book about Mary Magdalene! Did the Templars discover a hidden treasure underneath the Temple Mount (the Muslim Temple in Jerusalem)? I doubt whether they unearthed a hoard but might have found some things. The Templars increased their wealth mainly from donations from the Church and other monarchs. And they were also bankers! Scholars believe their increasing wealth and power scared the "powers that be" which is why the King of France at the time, King Philip.

Overall a very badly conceived and poorly presented show masquerading as a documentary. One of the History Channel's sillier efforts and definitely not recommended for those serious about history and artifacts. There are much better documentaries about the Templars including one by the History Channel produced over 10 years ago.
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