Get ready for exhilarating expeditions to uncharted territories and to uncover the truth behind ancient legends with top-rated series EXPEDITION UNKNOWN. From a long-lost city hidden in the vast jungles of Guatemala to the hunt for a stolen pair of the iconic (and priceless) ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, avid explorer Josh Gates sets out across the globe to investigate the greatest mysteries of all time. EXPEDITION UNKNOWN premieres on Discovery Channel on Tuesday, May 29 at 10 PM ET/PT with part one of a two-part epic adventure, followed by “After the Hunt”, which takes viewers deeper into the investigation and reveals new secrets.
This series kicks off its Discovery debut with a two-part premiere – Josh Gates and his team join noted archaeologist Dr. Richard Hansen on an adventurous quest to the lost-city of El Mirador deep in the Guatemalan rainforest. Their mission: to find the hidden tombs of the mysterious Maya Snake Kings. Archaeologists have discovered that the sprawling ruins of this ancient mega-city are larger than Los Angeles and contain what might be the largest pyramid in the Americas. Josh explores overgrown temples, plaster-paved roads, and evidence of advanced engineering and art. Using advanced laser scanners and remote sensing technology, Josh and his team reveal the secrets of why this incredible civilization suddenly and completely vanished. Their search for the tombs of the elusive Snake Kings leads to a thrilling and dangerous adventure, and culminates in what may be the most significant discovery in EXPEDITION UNKNOWN history.
“Expedition Unknown: After the Hunt,” will premiere at 11 PM ET/PT, immediately following both episodes. The after-specials will expand on Gates’ exciting journey as he and his team dig deeper into their astounding discoveries, further analyze key evidence, and reveal never-before-seen footage from the expedition.
Josh’s unique, deep-rooted passion for off-the-grid adventure takes him to the farthest corners of the world. Whether it’s a fabled shipwreck that might be buried on land in the dunes of Australia, lost Nazi secrets in South America, or the buried treasure of America’s pirate king, EXPEDITION UNKNOWN takes on its biggest adventures yet and brings audiences along for the ride.
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EXPEDITION UNKNOWN is produced for Discovery Channel by Ping Pong Productions. For Ping Pong, executive producers are Brad Kuhlman, Casey Brumels and Josh Gates, and Brea Tisdale is co-executive producer. For Discovery Channel, executive producer is Daniel A. Schwartz.