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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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Music by by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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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

Check out Courtney on the Cult of Domesticity Podcast!


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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Music by by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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Photos taken at the Museum of the American Gangster


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?

Music by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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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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Episode 35 – Relic Down Under: The Mystery of the Min Min Lights



We’re back, folks! Sarah from Good Nightmare joins me on the first of several mid-season episodes on Australian mysteries. Strange lights in the outback have been reported since before the arrival of white settlers. Are the Min Min Lights a natural phenomena, or something paranormal?

While you wait for Relic to come back, you can hear me Thursdays on Sydney’s community radio station 2ser 107.3 where I produce and co-produce the segments: Vegemite Pizza and Five-Minute Mysteries.

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Episode 34 – A Hint of Riches



Relic explores treasures that have been lost due to human error and greed, but what if a treasure was lost on purpose? This episode covers four infamous–and very real-treasure hunts: Forrest Fenn’s treasure, Masquerade, The Secret, and the Golden Owl.

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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Music by Kevin Fiechter and Purple Planet



Episode 33 – Silk and Slaughter



Genghis Khan ushered in the 13th century of a tidal wave of carnage and conquest. Yet for all of the horrors attributed to the Mongol ruler, history paints a much more nuanced portrait of a rational, progressive, and open minded leader. Yet for someone who had garnered such notoriety, Genghis Khan’s death and subsequent burial is shrouded in legend and mystery. What is the truth, and is it wise to go looking for it?

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Episode 32 – Legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine



The Superstition Mountains of Arizona have inspired many tall tales of the American Southwest, but none more intricate and longlasting the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. Wrapped up in a tangled web of greed, colonization, and mysterious deaths, the missing mine may have multiple origins. But one thing is for certain: those who go looking for the lost gold often don’t come back at all…

Podcast preview for Perhaps It’s You at the top of the episode, and preview for Into the Portal following the bloopers reel (there were a lot this episode….)

Music by Derek Fiechter and Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 31 – It Belongs in a Museum! A Banquet of Mysteries



Kate from Ignorance Was Bliss joins the Relic dinnertable for a six-course-meal of mystery! In this episode we dig into a few unsolved topics concerning food, such as:

– Did bad bread lead to the Salem Witch Trials?
– Does artificial banana flavoring taste like how real bananas used to taste like?
– What the heck is a sugarplum anyway?
– What was the ancient seasoning and herb Silphium, and what happened to it?
– What are the origins of red velvet cake?
– Does a legendary fruit resembling women grow in the jungles of Thailand?


Episode 30 – The Woman on the Train, or The Dorak Affair



James Mellaart took the archaeological world by storm when he discovered one of the oldest Neolithic sites in the world. Then, a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger on a train promised Mellaart an even more earthshaking find: the treasures of a bygone culture that neighbored the once-thought legendary city of Troy. However, what happened next challenged Mellaart’s credibility for the rest of his life. The truth behind the strange case of the “Dorak Affair” is still hotly debated to this day.

Music from Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Suggested reading from Suzan Mazur, who has covered the case extensively.


Episode 29 – Tales from the Reliquary: A Very Relic Halloween



Good evening boys and ghouls and non-binary demonic entities!

In this extra long, extra spooky episode of Relic, just in time for Halloween, I have invited 5 podcasts over for a feast of archaeological and historical frights!

Spoop Hour talks about a haunted pirate treasure off the coast of Connecticut, Cocktail Party Massacre spins a surreal yarn about Salvador Dali and tarot cards, Faux Fright has a cursed doll story, Cult of Domesticity regales us with the creepy mystery of the ghost ship Mary Celeste, and Strangeful Things takes us back to the beginning of time when vampires (allegedly) roamed the frozen tundra of Sweden!

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 28 – Ghosts of Leap Castle



For hundreds of years, County Offaly in Ireland has stood in the shadow of Leap Castle, a place with a wicked and bloody past. One of its violent residents was said to have buried a treasure somewhere on the castle grounds. But going to look for this treasure might be more trouble than it’s worth, as an entire of host of gruesome specters supposedly roam the dark corridors of one of the world’s most haunted abodes.

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0