The BEST Episodes of America Unearthed
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2020
In AMERICA UNEARTHED, forensic geologist Scott Wolter, a real-life Indiana Jones, will reveal that the history we all learned in school may not always be the whole story. Across the country, ancient symbols, religious relics and unexplained artifacts suggest that civilizations from around the world have left their mark for us to find today. Wolter not only digs through the surprising burial ground that is America for arcaheological secrets, but he also uncovers compelling evidence that pre-dates the official "discovery" of the New World and turns a lot of what we think we know about American history on its head. America Unearthed proves there is a lot we don't know about our past, and that people have gone to great lengths to cover up these mysteries.
#1 - Lost Relics of the Bible
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 1, 2014
Artifacts featuring ancient Hebrew writing; Scott studies the Bat Creek Stone in Tenn.; an ancient mound shaped like a Hanukkah Menorah; a script that may pre-date Hebrew.
#2 - Ark of The Covenant
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 30, 2013
Scott Wolter gets a call from a man who has a mysterious stone on his property. He's convinced that it's the "Stone of Destiny"–the stone that Jacob from the Bible rested his head on when he dreamed of a stairway to Heaven. As Scott investigates, he discovers the stone was once kept with something even more valuable. It was once kept with the Ark of the Covenant and both are rumored to have been brought to America. Scott's quest for the truth leads him to a sacred site in Ireland called the Hill of Tara and to a mysterious site in Arizona where a petroglyph depicting what could be the Ark could suggest its final resting place is right here in the United States. And, as for who brought it here, a tablet inscribed with the Ten Commandments found with a series of other artifacts could suggest a likely group of candidates–the Lost Tribes of Israel.
#3 - Exodus of the Templars
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 30, 2019
Scott Wolter crisscrosses the Atlantic as he investigates cryptic carvings allegedly left behind by the Knights Templar; he runs scientific tests to prove his long-held belief that the Templars hid treasure in North America.
#4 - Swamp Mammoth
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 8, 2014
In Florida, Scott Wolter is called in to investigate a mystery surrounding a group of early inhabitants of the Sunshine State known as the Windover Bog People. As Scott learns about the perfectly preserved specimens, he discovers they have some unique features that could suggest they are European.
#5 - Chicago's Mystery Bomber
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 23, 2019
Forensic geologist Scott Wolter turns detective to crack one of Chicago's oldest cold cases -- the 1886 bombing of Haymarket Square; a recent dig for a buried time capsule may yield new clues about the identity of the bomber.
#6 - The Spearhead Conspiracy
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 22, 2014
In 1200 AD at the same time the Vikings were discovering North America along the East Coast, new evidence suggests another group of intrepid voyagers may have been discovering the New World on the opposite end of the globe. When an obsidian spear point of mysterious origins is discovered by a group of hikers on the island of Maui, Scott Wolter is called in to investigate. Delving into it's origins, he discovers the artifact may have come all the way from Mexico–and is just one more clue in a mounting pile of evidence suggesting Polynesian voyagers made it there and back. What Scott wants to know is if they made it to Central and South America, could they have made it all the way to North America?
#7 - Grand Canyon Treasure
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 28, 2013
Scott embarks on a search to find out if Egyptian treasure was discovered in a Grand Canyon cave in 1909.
#8 - The Spy Who Saved America
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 2, 2019
Scott Wolter leaves no stone unturned in his quest to discover the true identity of Agent 355, a mysterious female operative who was a crucial member of Gen. George Washington's Culper Spy Ring.
#9 - Marco Polo Discovers America
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 20, 2014
Just east of the San Francisco Bay Area are the Berkeley Hills Walls--remnants of a massive, stone wall that stretches a distance of over fifty miles. The wall segments are up to six feet high in some places and are constructed of tightly fit limestone boulders. Scott is in intrigued by the fact that nobody knows who built the wall or even what purpose it serves. The only historical precedent for a miles-long, manmade, ancient wall is the Great Wall of China. Could ancient Asiatic explorers have made it all the way to the North American West Coast? In investigating the theory, Scott uncovers other evidence that could suggest the Chinese with their massive maritime fleet made it to the New World, using maps that were in the possession of Kublai Khan. He also discovers evidence that European explorers knew about China's epic voyages, including Italian explorer Marco Polo.
#10 - Secrets from the Alamo
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 8, 2014
Davy Crockett was an American legend immortalized in frontier folklore for being the last one standing at the Alamo during the fight against Mexico. It was there Crockett is said to have met his heroic end. However, new evidence suggests that's not the case. An Alabama man contacts Scott Wolter about a land claim allegedly signed by Crockett--nearly 20 years after his death! As Scott investigates, he learns more about Crockett's life, membership in a secret society and involvement in the Texas Revolution at the Alamo. There, Scott discovers that the history books may be wrong when it comes to Crockett's fate and that the frontiersman's enemy, General Santa Anna, may have saved Crockett's life in a stunning twist of fate.
#11 - Cave of Secrets
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 11, 2019
Scott Wolter visits a mysterious cave in rural Pennsylvania that made headlines when it was first discovered in the 1980s for reportedly having cultural connections to pre-revolutionary America. Wolter’s investigation leads to the discovery of a strange artifact that may be the remnants of a fraternal society that used the cave for rituals. During his search, he interviews local historians and members of the community, discovering that throughout time, the cave may have been home to some of America’s most important historical events as well.
#12 - Custer's Blood Treasure
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 6, 2014
In 1874, Lt. Colonel George sent Custer on a scouting mission to the Black Hills area. He reportedly found something while he was there--gold. This sparked off a gold rush of settlers flooding the sacred Native American lands, which in turned sparked off a war. In response to the uprising, Custer led his forces into the ill-planned Battle of Little Big Horn, where he made his infamous Last Stand. But, before the battle, some say there was treasure to be had--gold coins, paper currency, and other valuables brought to the battlefield. So, what happened to the treasure after the battle? Piecing together a series of clues, Scott uncovers evidence suggesting Chief Two Moons who'd led the tribes against Custer, disclosed that he and his men may have looted the bodies. Only on his deathbed did he reveal it's secret location. Can Scott figure out where Custer's lost treasure might lie today?
#13 - The Ripper Unmasked
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 18, 2019
The identity of Jack the Ripper has captivated the world for over 100 years. What we know about the infamous killer is that he brutally murdered women with medical precision, wrote taunting letters to the authorities and was able to evade capture. However, shocking new evidence of a potential Freemasonic connection, as well as extensive medical research into a 19th century disease, proves pivotal, launching Scott Wolter on an epic hunt. Wolter wants to prove whether or not Jack the Ripper was actually a famous writer who is still beloved today.
#14 - Great Wall of Texas
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 14, 2013
Since the 1800s, the City of Rockwall, Texas has had a mystery it's been trying to solve. Allegedly, the town was built on a massive rock wall that was constructed by some ancient civilization…or even giants. Could it be true? Scott Wolter conducts a massive excavation of the wall to figure out who–or what–created this wall and the controversy surrounding it.
#15 - Alien Artifacts
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 4, 2019
Scott Wolter receives artifacts unearthed in central Mexico and is intrigued by the scenes they depict: Mesoamerican people worshipping what can only be described as aliens. After learning they’re over 9,000 years old, Wolter heads to Veracruz, Mexico, to investigate for himself. The hunt leads him into caves with strange inscriptions hinting that an unknown ancient society may have had contact with alien life.
#16 - Vikings in America
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 21, 2013
The theory that the Vikings discovered America before Columbus is examined.
#17 - Bigfoot of the Bayou
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 9, 2019
Scott Wolter heads down to the land of gumbo and grits to search for the Honey Island Swamp Monster. He spends a solitary night in the Louisiana bayou to collect evidence of the elusive creature's existence.
#18 - Lincoln's Secret Assassins
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 15, 2014
When Scott Wolter gets a call from his friend John DeSalvo, an avid collector of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, he has no idea that he's about to embark on a quest to learn whether there were a lot more people than just John Wilkes Booth behind the assassination of one of America's most influential presidents. Evidence Wolter uncovers suggests Booth was part of an infamous group of Confederates who formed a secret society called the Knights of the Golden Circle; a group that included influential politicians and rogue raiders like Jesse James. The evidence Scott complies suggests a new twist on the motives behind Lincoln's killing, and takes him on a wild ride through the history of the South at the time of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of the Knights of the Golden Circle.
#19 - Drake's Lost Treasure
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 16, 2019
Scott Wolter travels up and down the Pacific coast in search of the long-lost treasure of ruthless privateer Sir Francis Drake; he follows a sensational new tip from a California treasure hunter who claims he has clues that lead to the gold.
#20 - Captain Kidd's Pirate Code
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 13, 2014
Scott Wolter receives an intriguing tip from a published author on pirate's treasure troves and business magnates that may involve one of the richest men in America's history--John Jacob Astor. Scott learns that Astor made a fortune in real estate and the fur trade, but records show he may have really gotten his start from a lost treasure belonging to the famed pirate Captain Kidd. Scott heads to the east coast where he pieces together clues from Boston, New York, and Maine to determine if this claim is true. One of the main clues he investigates are a set of mysterious numbers likely provided by Captain Kidd that may be connected to a buried treasure. Could there still be a treasure that still needs to be unearthed along the coast of Maine? How did Astor truly get his fortune started?
#21 - Lost Tribe of Menehune
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 4, 2014
Scott weighs in on the possibility of a race of tiny people called Menehune while on vacation with his family in Hawaii.
#22 - Egyptian Secrets of NYC
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 10, 2015
Thousands of people walk through Central Park every day unknowingly passing by a crumbling relic that connects the Big Apple to ancient Egypt. Scott ventures to New York City after learning that an ancient Egyptian obelisk located in Central Park is undergoing restorations. The obelisk's hieroglyphs tell a unique story of the pharaoh that built it. But when researchers discover Freemasonic symbols under the 3,500 year old monument, a wrench is thrown into the timeline of History. Scott ventures into busy NYC searching for the truth behind the symbols and in doing so uncovers a secret message on the ceiling of Grand Central Station that points to an ancient alignment in the heart of America.
#23 - Montezuma's Gold
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 29, 2014
Scott receives a strange package that points to a legendary treasure hidden in Southern Utah. When a journalist explains that the entire treasure of the Aztec empire may in fact be hidden in a man made tunnel system, Scott ventures out to separate truth from fiction. Through the investigation, Scott learns about the Aztec king Montezuma, cryptic symbols possibly used for navigation, and a deadly curse that may be all too real. In the end, Scott preps to dive on a haunted underwater chamber that may hold not only the gold, but also the ultimate secrets of the Aztecs.
#24 - The Blood Stone
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 3, 2015
Scott Wolter investigates a 3000-pound boulder hidden inside the Chicago History Museum's secret storage location. The Waubansee Stone used to be even bigger when it sat along the Chicago River outside Fort Dearborn. Known as the city's oldest piece of art, the stone features the face of a man with closed eyes, parted lips and a chin beard. Some think it was an homage to a local Native American chief, but others believe the stone may have had a more sinister use hundred of years earlier. Scott's search for the truth about the Waubansee stone results in a wild romp through important events in the history of Chicago--from ancient to modern times--in which the Waubansee Stone always seems to have played a role.
#25 - Vikings in the Desert
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired May 28, 2019
Scott Wolter receives a call about alleged Viking artifacts found in the Arizona desert. Using state-of-the-art XRF (X-ray fluorescence) identification technology and insight from a Viking historian, Wolter starts his search in the southwestern desert. From there, new leads take him to California to excavate a supposed buried Viking ship that might have once sailed America’s vast inland sea and to Mexico to examine a petroglyph depicting what could be Viking travelers. The episode produces some unexpected results and opens the door to further expeditions into where the Vikings went and why.