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Discovery Turbo :: Lost Treasure Hunters
If you think the great treasures of the past are found in museums… think again. The greatest treasures are still waiting to be found. Featuring an elite team of experienced prospectors, miners, and gemologists searching for an adventure, Discovery Turbo’s new series LOST TREASURE HUNTERS is a thrilling combination of exploration and excitement.
They’re real-life Indiana Joneses — but for profit rather than posterity. In this series, prospector Sam Speerstra and his team of treasure hunters investigate the clues left by ancient civilizations, then go in search of long-lost riches. Their work begins in the ancient Indian city believed to have been the source of some of the world’s most valuable diamonds, including the Hope diamond. Legend has it that the diamond mines of Golconda were depleted 250 years ago, but Speerstra believes the area is still rich with gems. He has dedicated his life to finding them, and this is his final chance, for the impending construction of a dam will soon erase the mines from the Indian landscape.
Starting May 11, LOST TREASURE HUNTERS will air Monday to Friday at 8 pm (for three consecutive weeks) on Discovery Turbo.
Sam Speerstra and his team scour the ancient diamond mines of Golconda region, which have been sunk beneath the surface of the water. But when there’s treasure, there’s always danger involved, and the team must face some challenging, perilous obstacles, ranging from venomous killer snakes and crocodiles, to extreme weather.
As the legends of the Golconda diamond mines have endured for hundreds of years; however, no one knows where the mines are. As locals and team members continued to find diamonds, it was evident the legends were true and that with their skill, technique and ingenuity, they would soon uncover the location of the mines. Will they find the lost treasures? Watch Discovery Turbo to find out.
Sam Speerstra (Leader) – As the leader of the expedition, extreme prospector Speerstra has dedicated nearly his whole life to finding lost treasures and has spent the last 14 years searching for the lost diamond mines of Golconda. Speerstra believes this is the most important mission of his life.
Dave McCracken (Underwater Miner) – McCracken, a former Navy Seal, is one of the best underwater miners around. Speersta has known McCracken for 30-some years and is convinced he could be the key to locating underwater diamonds that were never accessible before.
Rob Towner (Engineer/Mechanic) – Towner is a modern-day MacGyver who knows everything there is to know about mining machinery. He has worked in India before, so he knows the lay of the land and is no stranger to the challenges set before him.
Dr. Steve Newbery (Geologist) – Newbery has an extraordinary grasp of geology and the latest technology that can help pinpoint the source of the diamonds.
Susanna Girolamo (The Apprentice) – This is Girolamo’s first major expedition with Speerstra, but her proficiency for languages, experience with third-world medical missions and her logistical skills serve her well as translator, medic and logistics coordinator.
Diamond Fever: A team of world-class prospectors explore India in search of the lost diamond mines of Golconda. Following a trail of clues left behind by ancient miners on land, as well as geological evidence underwater, the team discovers their first diamonds. Sam and his elite team of prospectors travel to India to search for the lost diamond mines of Golconda. After following several clues, the team explores a potential site around the Krishna River where they make a promising discovery of a temple used by ancient miners.
Golconda Curse: With the expedition in jeopardy, Sam and Steve join forces to follow up clues from a translated Sanskrit scroll, and discover evidence of old mining activity which leads them to the possible source of the diamond mines of Golconda! Rob, Dave, and Susanna get off to a slow start on the water and when they finally begin the first dredging operation of the expedition, disaster strikes and a member of the India crew is nearly killed.
Blood and Sacrifice: After discovering what they believe to be evidence of ancient mining, the team digs in for some real diamond prospecting. With Rob’s help, Dave dives in a 30 ft deep section of river while Sam, Steve, and Susanna break ground on a land site that Sam believes is rich with valuable stones.
Mutiny: Sam, Steve and Susanna begin work on a new dig site that Steve believes is above the source, but a fi ght amongst the tired crew shuts them down for the day. Underwater mining operations are brought to a halt when a local spots a crocodile nearby. Later that night, Dave and Rob discover the team’s biggest diamond yet, but the land team is not to be out done when they find three diamonds in a pile of dirt from the new dig site!
Rocks to Riches: The team learns that the seasonal monsoon is approaching which will shut them down in less than four days. After they fail to discover any diamonds due to a promising dirt pile being contaminated by topsoil, their next load proves they are in fact right about the diamond rich source when they discover a pocket of gem quality stones. The ultimate discovery of a 25-carat diamond convinces the team it’s time to call the expedition ahead of the storm, and tally up their earthly riches.
Race Against Time: The team has to beat the monsoons that would put a quick halt to their search, so they are working at a quick pace. The team relies on the maps used by ancient miners to find clues to the mines. The combination of ancient mining tools with new, modern devices adds a unique element to the show.