Episode 48 – The Poison Violin



A Relic “Whodunnit?” Erica Morini was considered the greatest violinist of the 20th century, thanks in part due to her mastery of the priceless Stradivarius violin. By the end of her life, Morini was a former shell of herself, and the violin she once played remained unsecured in her increasingly disheveled apartment. In 1995, her treasured instrument was stolen. The culprits? Her closest friends and family, all who had motives of their own…

A bulk of the research for this episode comes from Amy Dickinson’s article “The Case of the Stolen Stradivarius.”

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Note on audio: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, episodes of Relic are being recorded in my house until studio access resumes. Please bear with the slightly different sound quality while we make adjustments.

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Episode 47 – “Ancient Astronaut theorists say…”



Joined by Rob Kristofferson of the Our Strange Skies podcast, we pick apart the bane of every archaeologist’s existence: ancient astronaut / ancient alien theories. Famously popularized by The History Channel, the sensational belief that early man was not only visited by extraterrestrials, but helped us build ancient monuments, has become a phenomena both deeply fascinating as it is flagrantly unscientific. We look at a few cases, such as the origins of this theory, the pyramids (duh), the sarcophagus of King Pacal, Relic favorite: the Nazca lines, and some other cases.

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Episode 46 – Atlantis of the Sands



During World War II, an Englishman named T.E. Lawrence fought in the Arab uprising against the Ottoman Empire. While travelling, “Lawrence of Arabia” learned of a majestic city that he dubbed “The Atlantis of the Sands”, a kingdom that been buried under the dunes of the Empty Quarter. But this lost city was well known to the Arab world; it had appeared in the 1,001 Nights and was even mentioned by name in The Quran. Is Ubar, or Iram of the Pillars, waiting to be unearthed?

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Music featured in this episode:
“Hidden Wonders” “Curse of the Scarab” “East of Tunisia” “Ibn Al-Noor” “Desert City” “Send for the Horses”
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Episode 45 – It Belongs in a Museum! Legends of the Hidden Temple



Our first episode of the decade takes a trip back to the 1990s to revisit a children’s game show called Legends of the Hidden Temple. Animator and hobby cartoon archivist, Brett Wilson, joins me as we discuss the veracity of the treasures featured on the show, dream about putting together the shrine of the silver monkey, and delve into just how deeply traumatizing this show was for its young contestants. Was the promise of Space Camp really worth it?

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Episode 44 – How Sad, How Lovely



The definition of treasure is sometimes broad. In this episode we examine three lost “treasures”, three musicians who were not recognized in their time, and tragically vanished into the night. What happened to Connie Converse, Richey Edwards, and Q Lazzarus? 

Out of respect for the artists involved in this story, no ambient music will appear in this episode. Listeners are encouraged to go online and listen to the recommended playlist found in the description. 

This episode features content that some listeners may find emotionally distressing. If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, there is a place to get help. For American listeners, call:1-800-273-8255.  For Australian listeners, call 13 11 14

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Episode 43 – A Cure for Death



During the Age of Exploration (Colonization), the Spanish invaded the “New World”, in search of gold and spices. But the conquest was also driven by more outlandish desires: for hundreds of years, legends told of a mysterious spring of eternal life that always existed just outside the margins of the known world. And in the early 1500s, conquistador Ponce De Leon went off in search for it…or did he?

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The Trove Episode 3: Relic: Sword / Relic: Shield



We’re back after our post Halloween fatigue with a new episode of The Trove!

In this episode:

– Courtney and Max’s favorite Pokemon
– A lost Cambodian city, now less lost
– The tragic and important work of discovering sunken slave ships
– The logistic of transporting ghosts in Myanmar

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Halloween Minisode: Haunted Civil War Gold



Happy Halloween! In this abbreviated, seasonal special: Three stories of civil war gold, two of which involve ghosts. SPOOKY!

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The Trove – Episode 2: LGBTQ Skeleton / You Are the Viking Queen



In this spooky, Halloween edition of the Trove, Max and Courtney talk about a lot of dead people being done wrong. Plus:

Everything you thought you knew about the burning of the Library of Alexandria is wrong (still gone though…)
How the most expensive paint in the world was found in a set of teeth
Misgendering skeletons
And several anime detours

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Episode 42 – Facets of Evil



The “cursed jewel” is a pop cultural trope with a very complicated history–the The Hope Diamond being the most famous example. Some of these dark gems have also gone missing. Was the Florentine Diamond’s disappearance due to bad luck and greed, or did it, The Hope, and Black Orlov curse their owners into misfortune and despair?

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Music by by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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The Trove – Episode 1: Night of the Living Bread / Poison Your Husbands



Need your Relic fix every week? Introducing “The Trove” a half-hour, round table style talk that discusses weird archaeology and strange historical discoveries in the news.

In this inaugural episode of “The Trove,” historian Courtney Misich talks about doing starving puritan cosplay, and Max declares a pumpkin spice war on the nation of Australia.

Also:
– Big, spooky ships floating at sea
– Zombie carbohydrates
– Deadly cosmetics from Italy
– Mysterious, sunken jars

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Episode 41 – Gangsters Glory



Dutch Schultz was one of the most ruthless mobsters of Prohibition Era New York, and had his fair share of enemies. Legend has is that paranoia drove Schultz to hoarding his loot and concealing it within a safe, that he and his team buried in the Catskill Mountains. Many believe Dutch Schultz revealed a code to his buried treasure while on his deathbed, and the mobster’s safe is still waiting to be found.

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Episode 40 – The Curious Village



Rennes-le-Château was just another quiet village in the shadow of the Pyrenees, until one day when a mysterious priest showed up in town with a seemingly endless surplus of cash. Vanishing just as quickly as he arrived, Father Saunier left his parishioners with only suspicion and questions. When a failed writer moved into his crumbling estate, he discovered something shocking about the priest’s “fortune”–and kicked off three decades of bizarre speculation, conspiracy theory, and one of the best selling novels of the 2000’s. What is the treasure of Rennes-le-Château?

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Episode 39 – Treasure Island



During the 1800s, the rising tide of revolt in South America forced the Viceroy of Lima to move thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of treasure and religious iconography to Mexico. Only, it didn’t make the journey, being stolen during a mutiny and hidden somewhere on Cocos Island, the purported inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”. Ever since, the island has carried a reputation for buried pirate treasure…and a dangerous allure.

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Episode 38 – To Catch a Panther



Since the early 2000s, a number of high stakes diamond heists have taken the world’s wealthiest cities by storm. At first, the only evidence connecting the robberies was the extravagant, theatrical, and meticulously planned heists that often saw the perpetrators eluding international authorities. Yet slowly but surely, a pattern began to emerge, pointing to the largest, anonymous diamond thieving ring in the world. Who are the Pink Panthers? Where did the come from? And where will they strike next?

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Episode 37 – A Feast for Anubis



In 1922, the Carver expedition went to Egypt and discovered King Tutankhamen’s tomb, sending the world into an Egyptology frenzy. Haunting the publicity were rumors that a curse had been unleashed as well. What are the origins of the Curse of the Pharaoh’s and are more Pharaohs waiting to be unearthed?

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Episode 36 – Stealing The Moon



When the first manned mission to the moon camp back to Earth, they brought back samples of the lunar geology. President Richard Nixon ordered a few of these samples to be segmented, encased in lucite, and gifted to the nations of the world. Through a series of strange circumstances involving assassination, government collapse, and a heist at NASA, many of the moon rocks are now missing.

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