National Geographic Channel's Hit Series DIGGERS to Return 2/25
Explorers and history buffs Tim "Ringy" Saylor and George "KG" Wyant are hitting the road again, metal detectors in hand, as they continue their search for lost pieces of American history. Premiering Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, Diggers has gained unrivaled access to historic sites and this season they're breaking new ground to uncover the history hidden just beneath our feet. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/diggers and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NGC_PR.
This season, KG and Ringy have kicked up The Hunt for "nectar" to a whole new level - from bayonets and rare buttons to Colonial cannonballs and historical coins - even a time capsule containing a rare piece of Apple history. The duo is relentless in their search for lost pieces of history, leaving no stone unturned and no field undetected.
New locations and stories include:
- Aspen, Colo.: Buried in conjunction with the 1983 International Design Conference in Aspen, the Diggers team uncovers a time capsule containing Steve Jobs' original Apple Lisa mouse.
- Chicago, Ill.: A visit to the suburban home of Al Capone's main executioner, "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, reveals exciting, Mafia-related artifacts.
- Pennsylvania: The duo is called in to pinpoint the previously unknown location of Colonial-era Wolff's Fort and they hit pay dirt with an extremely rare coin and a one-of-a-kind round ball.
- Maine: KG and Ringy join forces with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission at Fort Richmond to help excavate the site just before it is paved over to build a highway. Here, they discover one of the rarest finds of their careers: an intact cannonball.
- South Dakota: A campsite from Gen. Custer's Black Hill's Expedition reveals a 7th Cavalry nectar sector with artifacts that could have belonged to Custer himself.
- Rhode Island: With exclusive access to Fort Adams State Park, the guys unearth an artifact dating back to the American Revolution. And on the lawns of Newport's fanciest mansions, they dig up a late 17th century coin all the way from Yemen - an artifact never before found in the United States.
The Diggers team continues to work in close collaboration with archaeologists and historians at every site and is forging new relationships with preservation offices along the way. The duo takes pride in helping to save artifacts from destruction and leaving finds with their communities or land owners so they can be enjoyed for years to come.
Premiere episodes include:
Diggers: Steve Jobs Time Capsule Tuesday Feb. 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT KG and Ringy are in Aspen, Colo., in search of a famous time tube containing the mouse from Steve Jobs' first mass-marketed Lisa computer. Buried in 1983 during the now-defunct International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA), the tube was intended to be unearthed in 2000, but due to changes in the landscape, its exact location was unknown - until now. Using original survey coordinates and good old-fashioned detective work, the guys are able to narrow down the time capsule's location. The contents are almost too good to be true - an 80's gold mine and a rare piece of Apple history!
Diggers: Fortress of Roundness Tuesday Feb. 25, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT The guys visit western Pennsylvania, hunting for two forts from the Revolutionary War, each holding a mystery that only they can solve. They're here to find Rice's Fort, which could be the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War. Legend says that soldiers melted pewter utensils as emergency ammunition, but experts have never been able to prove these artifacts existed. Can KG and Ringy prove this centuries-old myth to be true? But first, the duo check out Wolff's Fort. Archaeologists have a rough idea of where it may have been, but they need the duo to pinpoint the exact location. They find some serious "cologne" - or Colonial artifacts - on the way.
Diggers: Mystery Coin Tuesday, March 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT The guys are hunting the playgrounds of America's rich and famous at the mansions of Newport, R.I. They start at Swiss Village, which includes a building that was used by the British during the Revolutionary War and a horse stable that was used by the Kennedys. They dig up an unbelievable find - a late 17th century coin all the way from Yemen - an artifact never before found in the United States! Next, they visit Malbone Castle, a summer resort for the super-rich that included George Washington on its guest list.
Diggers: Custer's Payroll Chest Tuesday, March 4, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT KG and Ringy are on an old-fashioned gold hunt in the Black Hills of South Dakota, looking for the lost payroll chest of one of America's most famous generals: George Custer. Stories say that Custer, expecting an attack from the local Indians, buried his cavalry's payroll but was never able to retrieve it. Will they find Custer's lost gold?
Diggers: Lost Nazi Plane Tuesday, March 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT KG and Ringy are searching for the greatest military nectar of their careers: a lost Nazi fighter plane that crash-landed in an Indiana cornfield. The boys are visiting the site of a once-secret Air Force base to locate the debris field of the crash and crack a decades-old mystery surrounding the missing plane's location. The Hunt begins at Freeman Army Air Field, this site was once a hiding place for Japanese and German planes captured overseas and transported there for testing. In 1945, an American pilot was doing a demonstration flight in a Focke-Wulf 190 airplane when he suffered a vicious crash. The plane broke apart, scattering parts over a massive debris field just shy of the runway. Investigators cleaned up the area and the remains of the plane were buried somewhere in the field near the crash site. Finding an engine, wing or weapon from the plane would be the score of a lifetime - and KG and Ringy are hot on the trail!
Diggers: Chasing Benedict Arnold Tuesday, March 11, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT Maine was a fierce battleground in the Revolutionary and French and Indian Wars, and KG and Ringy are anxious to scour the land for "juice." They've been given exclusive access to Benedict Arnold's Revolutionary War headquarters and are excited to uncover nectar from this notorious traitor. Next, the guys respond to a Diggers 9-1-1 -- they receive a call that the former site of historic Fort Richmond is being paved over for a highway. This is their last chance to free any artifacts from the ground. With the help of a team of archaeologists, they get to work searching for artifacts. Their hard work pays off when the juice they uncover turns out to be one of their oldest cannonballs to date.
Diggers is produced for National Geographic Channel by Half Yard Productions; Abby Greensfelder, Sean Gallagher, Greg Smith and John Jones are executive producers. For National Geographic Channel, senior Vice president of production and development is Noel Siegel, Vice president of production and development is Charlie Parsons and president is Howard T. Owens.
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