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Episode 52 – It Belongs in a Museum! – Lost Libraries



Special guest: author and podcaster Moxie LaBouche, host of “Your Brain on Facts“.

In this episode, we tackle two great literary losses: The Library of Alexandria and The Library of Ivan The Terrible.

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Episode 51 – The Fate of Atlantis



Part 2/2

If Atlantis really existed, then where might it be located today? Separating legend from plausibility, this is the question archaeologists and scientists have asked themselves. Was Atlantis a misidentified civilization destroyed by disaster? Or did the lost empire precede written history?

Music by Derek Fiechter and Purple Planet


Episode 50 – The Lost Empire



“In a single day and night of misfortune…the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea.” It is perhaps one of the most famous lines of dialogue attributed to a lost treasure, but the stories behind the Lost City of Atlantis are as vast as the ocean where it presumably lies. In celebration of Relic’s 50th episode, Part 1 of 2 in our deep dive into the Antlantean legacy. First, what basis is there to the legend, if any?

Music by Derek Fiechter and Purple Planet


Episode 49 – Easter Egg Hunt



Firstly, thank you to all who donated to the Relic Patreon over the course of the last month. It was a huge help during this period of uncertainty! I will be releasing a bonus episode this upcoming week that will include a shout-out.

The Faberge Eggs are pinnacles of luxury. Jewel encrusted and carved from precious metals, the Eggs were the treasures of the last Romanov Tsars…until 300 years of monarchical rule was toppled by the Russian Revolution. Though most of the Eggs were sold and auctioned off over the years, six remain missing. However, lost eggs have resurfaced before, and in unlikely places…

Niklas Drude – Korobeiniki © CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b
Additional music from MusOpen

Special research thanks to Mieke’s Faberge Eggs

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The Trove – Episode 7: March 36th, 2020



Matzo ball soap. Swimming pool cakes. Cafe Bustelo.
Time is meaningless.

Also…

Mammoth facts, and creepy places made out of Mammoth Bones.

An unearthed trading port with an interesting commodity (and irritating infrastructure)

Weird swords in ancient monasteries, and the secrets they hold.

And the oldest substance in the solar system discovered in the middle of nowhere.

Courtney @DomesticPodcast  / https://linktr.ee/thecultofdomesticity
Max @Losttreasurepod  / Patreon.com/Relic


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.

Music from MusOpen


Episode 46 – Beneath 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”
by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


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


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)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Music by Peritune https://soundcloud.com/sei_peridot


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


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.

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

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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) 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Music by Kevin Fiechter and Purple Planet



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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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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


Episode 26 – Season Finale Part 2: Blood of the Grail



The adventure comes to a conclusion with Relic’s season finale.

No other lost treasure has captivated the minds of artists and treasure hunters alike than the Holy Grail. Said to have been the goblet that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper, it is an object of alleged immense power, rivaled only by its companion treasure, the Spare of Destiny. Where are these two sacred artifacts, if anywhere, and what did the Nazis want with them?

Vocal sample from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989) Lucasfilm Ltd.

Music from Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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“Parzafal” by Richard Wagner, supplied by MusOpen

Special thanks to the research of David McIntee and his book “Fortune and Glory”.


Episode 25 – Season Finale Part 1: Brood of the Gods



The first part of Relic’s season finale! If you’ve watched any science fiction or adventure movie in the last 20 years, you may be aware of a certain fantasy/sci fi trope: Nazis channeling the forces of the paranormal to help satisfy their goals. The truth behind the lore is, as they say, stranger than fiction. In this episode, find out how fringe belief, ancient mythology, and modern pseudoscience, came together to form a tyrannical and genocidal movement.

Music from Kevin Macleod and MusOpen

 


Episode 22 – It Belongs in a Museum! The Pages of History



Content Warning: A short, non-descriptive mention of a sexual assault in a historical context.

Because of the efforts of scribes and scholars, we are still able to take a look into the past and know where we came from. But for all of the books that changed history, there are countless others that held knowledge now lost to the ages. Such tomes included: inventions that question what we thought we know of ancient civilization, the true story behind one of the most notorious poets who ever lived, and even a book that shaped the English langage…a book that may have never even existed in the first place! In this episode, Relic and the crew of the Frankenpod examine a few famous titles that you’ll never get to read.

Background music by Derek Fiechter

Listen to the Frankenpod here!

 


Episode 20 – Truth to Dust



Legend has it, that when the Jews of Prague were threatened by anti-Semitic violence, a great Rabbi, possessing the knowledge of alchemy and the Kabbalah, conjured up a golem to defend the city. For decades, most believed this was nothing more than a tall tale, until one night in 1938, when the Nazis marched into town…

Is there any truth to this fable? And if so, is the golem still sealed inside an attic somewhere, waiting for the right time to come alive?

Music by Kevin Macleod and MusOpen