Lost Treasure Hunters – An elite team of leading prospectors, gemologists and miners set off on an adrenaline-fueled adventure as they head to an ancient Indian city believed to have been the source of some of the world’s most valuable diamonds, including the Hope diamond and the Koh-i-nor. Now, the city’s mines are about to be submerged under the waters of a newly constructed dam.
Joining forces, these treasure hunters share a common mission: unearth the ancient diamond mines of India’s Golconda region. But they must defy a myriad of obstacles, including extreme weather, treacherous locations on land and in water, venomous snakes, crocodiles and language barriers. In addition, they face a culture that’s rife with superstition and an unshakeable belief that anyone who attempts to upset the Golconda region will be cursed.
Legend has it that the diamond mines of Golconda dried up 250 years ago, but leader Sam Speerstra believes there are still riches to be found. Acquiring ancient maps to help guide his mission, he has been searching for these gems all his life. The impending construction of a dam will soon erase the mines from the Indian landscape. So Speerstra knows this is his last opportunity to unearth the treasures before they are submerged forever. Speerstra calls upon a cadre of respected colleagues who bring unique experiences and special skills to the hunt. The all-star team includes the following:
Channel: Animal Planet
Producer: Ping Pong Productions
TX: 24th August 2012
Source: Animal Planet press release