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Digging for the Truth: One Man's Epic Adventure Exploring the World's Greatest Archaeological Mysteries

by Josh Bernstein

Digging for the Truth: One Man's Epic Adventure Exploring the World's Greatest Archaeological Mysteries Summary

Synopsis

Former History Channel host Josh Bernstein writes about his remarkable experiences in Digging for the Truth (2006). A graduate of Cornell University, Bernstein double majored in anthropology and psychology while also double minoring in Native American and Near Eastern studies. Bernstein then continued his studies at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Next, Bernstein found himself living in Boulder, Colorado where he worked for the Boulder Outdoor Survival School. Along the way, Bernstein landed a few opportunities to appear on television which ultimately resulted in his getting the job at the History Channel as the new host of Digging for the Truth.

The book chronicles some of Bernstein's plum assignments for the show. First, readers learn about his trip to Egypt where he studied the Pyramids of Egypt, the Cenotaph of Djoser and the Sphinx. He is guided by Dr. Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt.

Bernstein then tells of his adventures in search of the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia. There, he learns that controversy over the Old Testament continues today with regard to the location of the "real" Mount Sinai.

In the Fall of 2004, Bernstein explored the mysterious of a Neolithic Era "iceman," Oetzi, who was found by hikers in 1991 at an altitude of more that 10,000 feet above sea level. What is most notable about Oetzi is that he was found in possession of a copper axe centuries before man is alleged to have had that kind of technology.

Bernstein's next adventure takes him to Peru, home to the Incas, in search of El Dorado, the City of Gold. Following that, Bernstein heads to Chile where he will pay homage to Easter Island's famous moai. And all of these adventures took place in the show's first season!

Season two found Bernstein Digging for the Truth at Stonehenge where he communed with Druids, following the voyages of Vikings, and back in Ethiopia in search of the home of the Queen of Sheba.

The book ends as Bernstein is mid-shoot for his third season as host of Digging for the Truth. There is no doubt that Bernstein's book and turn as television host has had a positive impact on people's awareness about history and archaeology.