T.V Series Review: Expedition Unknown Season 2

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Expedition Unknown Season 2 Summary

Season 2, Episode 1: The Quest for King Arthur

Gates investigates whether King Arthur was real and if so, who was he? He searches for answers in Arthur’s reputed birthplace at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, and then in the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset, site of the alleged discovery of the tomb of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Finally, he visits Dunadd in Scotland where he meets an author who believes that a Scot named Arthur Mac Aedan is the historical basis of the King Arthur legend.

Season 2, Episode 2: Ghengis Khan Tomb

Gates researches the legends about Genghis Khan to get ready for his journey to search for his long-lost tomb. It is believed to be somewhere in Mongolia at what’s known as the “forbidden zone” located on top of the “Holy Mountain” or Burkhan Khaldun, which is guarded by a local tribe and completely closed off to foreigners.

Season 2, Episode 3: Blackbeard’s Hidden Gold

Gates goes to sea in search of Blackbeard’s buried gold. He explores underwater sea caves in Cayman Brac, gets up close to his wrecked flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge, and drives down the Outer Banks on North Carolina’s coast to dig up artifacts on Ocracoke Island, the site of his last stand.

Season 2, Episode 4: Hunting Vampires

Gates digs up the truth behind vampire legends. His travels start at Curtea Veche in Romania, where he learns about Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration behind Dracula. Then off to Marotinu de Sus, a Romanian village, where six men desecrated a fresh grave believing it to be a “strigoi”. He ends in Perperikon, Bulgaria to examine a supposed vampire grave.

Season 2, Episode 5: The Real Robin Hood

Gates travels the English countryside on a mission to learn if Robin Hood was a real man and if he’s the hero from the legends or a murderous outlaw. He visits London’s British Library, explores tunnels and caves beneath Nottingham, and joins historians in search of Hood’s grave, first in Kirklees Priory, Yorkshire, and lastly at a churchyard in Loxley, where researchers believe an outlaw named Roger Godberd who was the real Robin Hood is buried.

Season 2, Episode 6: Finding Fenn’s Fortune

Gates searches for the treasure of art dealer Forrest Fenn, who after being diagnosed with terminal cancer hid his fortune, worth $2 million, deep in the Rocky Mountains north of his hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Season 2, Episode 7: Columbus Unearthed

The search for Christopher Columbus continues with finding his missing remains. Gates follows his five-century voyage across two continents to search for his final resting place believed to be at Columbus Lighthouse in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic or at Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See in Seville, Spain, both countries laying claim to his bones.

Season 2, Episode 8: Japan’s Atlantis

Gates goes to the ruins of Yonaguni Island, the westernmost Japanese island on the East China Sea, to determine whether the undersea structures are geologic or man-made. The Yonaguni Monument discoverer, Kihachiro Aratake, dives with Josh, showing him the undersea area with cut steps leading up to a level platform. Josh takes a rock sample for geologic analysis. In Osaka, archaeologist Michio Maezano shows Josh an ancient rock tomb. It proves that ancient people could have carved the Yonaguni structures, then an earthquake could have sunk them. Geologist Masahide Furukawa examines Josh’s rock sample. It’s composed of layered sandstone and shale. Furukawa conducts stress tests on the rock. It breaks along bedding planes, forming a flat surface every time. Josh concludes the Yonaguni monument is a natural product of tectonics and wave action.

Season 2, Episode 9: True Cross of Christ

Gates searches for the True Cross. This relic, said to have mystical healing powers, has been lost for 2,000 years. Gates visits Jerusalem, Israel and Istanbul, Turkey, to find if the cross or fragments of it still exist. The cross was cut into three pieces on the orders of Empress Helena. He examines this legend at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City where the tomb of Jesus is located and where he was crucified. Then he learns more about crucifixion in Tel Aviv, and discovers ancient cross wall carvings at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Next, he heads to the Ayasofya in Constantinople, where priests hid pieces of the relic under the nearby Hippodrome. Lastly, he joins archaeologists at a dig in Sinop, Turkey.

Season 2, Episode 10: The Sultan’s Heart

Gates hunts for the Heart of Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. When Suleiman died in 1566 during a battle in Hungary, his body was brought back to Istanbul, but not before a ritual was performed involving the removal of his heart being placed in a gold container and buried beneath his tent. The Sultan’s followers believed his heart has magical powers and continues to beat, waiting to be returned to its host. The town of Tubek was built over the burial site to honor the Sultan. A century later, invaders destroyed this now lost city and the heart vanished.

Season 2, Episode 11: Africa’s Gold Hoard

Gates travels to South Africa to search for the missing Kruger Millions, the gold coins of the country’s entire financial reserve. The treasure vanished overnight after South African President Paul Kruger loaded the hoard on a train and it vanished overnight in 1900 during the Boer War.

Season 2, Episode 12: Kalahari Desert’s Lost City

Gates searches for a lost city in the Kalahari Desert in Africa. First discovered by circus pioneer The Great Farini in 1885, he supposedly came across the ruins of a lost city half buried in the scorching sands. Those who followed in his footsteps came up empty-handed and claimed it a hoax, while even some vanished. Today, a modern explorer launched an all new expedition which Gates joins.

Season 2, Episode 13: Yamashita’s Gold

Gates searches for Yamashita’s Gold, millions of dollars in Southeast Asian gold and jewels that was looted by Japan and covertly transported to the Philippines under the direction of Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita during World War II. The fortune was hidden by gangsters, military generals, and a secret organization in tunnels and caves somewhere in the conquered country. But the treasure was lost when the Allies won the war, until a treasure hunter found part of it in 1970 and has been searching for it ever since.

Season 2, Episode 14: Columbus: Legend or Lie?

Gates investigates the myths behind Christopher Columbus. To some he is an epic hero, to others a bloodthirsty conqueror. He learns the truth about the explorer’s early years, his nationality and his real discoveries.

Season 2, Episode 15: Search for Shangri-La

Gates searches high in the Himalayas for Shangri-La. He learns of its legend as a hidden utopia. In the most remote reaches of Nepal near the border of Tibet is an area known as the Mustang, an area that’s been closed off to the outside world and the passage of time. But now Josh and his fellow archaeologists have been granted access to explore it. He finds out secrets hiding inside its sky caves, man-made chambers carved into cliff walls.

Season 2, Episode 16: Shangri-La Found

After learning about the ancient Buddhist realm of Shambhala in Kathmandu and exploring the skycaves, Gates continues his search for the real Shangri-La. This time, he discovers a rock tower used for human burials and filled with bones dating back to 800 A.D. Next, he travels to Lo Manthang for another day of investigation in the Martzon area to climb a cave system called Pumamba, which is linked to the legend. Then he heads to Chuusang, a remote cave monastery that has never been excavated before.

Season 2, Episode 17: Lost Mexican City

Gates searches for the civilization of Teotihuacan, a lost empire left behind in Mexico with pyramids dedicated to the gods, temples, and a treasure trove of cryptic art. He seeks answers on who these indigenous people were, finds out their secrets that have been buried for 2,000 years, and what they left behind

Season 2, Episode 18: Incan King’s Mummy

Gates searches for the lost mummy of Atahualpa, the last king of the Incan empire, hidden high in the Andes Mountains and in the jungles and highlands of Ecuador. His reign ended when Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro murdered him and brought the Inca civilization to an end. His body was mummified in a ritual that supposedly give him sway over the world of the living. Then, his body vanished. Archaeologists have been searching ever since.

Season 2, Episode 19: Nazi Gold Train

Gates exposes Nazi secrets as he searches for the lost fortune of war criminal Adolf Hitler’s billions in gold, art and relics stolen on his orders by the Nazis. They also built networks of hidden tunnels and bunkers. Today, archaeologists use modern technology to recover treasure and excavate the underground legacy of the Third Reich. On his journey, Gates joins them, first finding answers in Germany, identifying gold in a Nazi train hidden inside a mountain in Poland. Then, in Austria, he explores a subterranean facility to a top secret lab to build a war machine.

Season 20, Episode 20: Hitler’s Atomic Secrets

The search for Nazi secrets and their stolen gold continues both underground and underwater. This time, Gates dives for relics of Nazi foreign minister Joachim Von Ribbontrop who sank his family’s entire fortune in Lake Fuschlsee in the Austrian Alps. In order to learn if the Nazis where building an atomic bomb, he starts his quest for answers in Hitler’s hometown of Linz. Then, he stops at the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp memorial in Sankt Georgen an der Gusen to pay his respects to the hundreds of thousands who perished here. He also explores 25 miles of tunnel under the Bergkristall complex, the largest secret underground facility ever built. It was designed by SS General Hans Kammler to oversee the Nazis nuclear project.

Expedition Unknown Season 2 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Josh Gates is back with a second season full of adventure, comedy and history. He does a wonderful job highlighting some of the many new archeological finds in recent years.

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