Nazi loot, Roman coins, Viking artefacts, Celtic gold - and millions of pounds worth of classic cars and motor bikes... This is just some of the priceless treasure that regularly passes through the hands of the world’s most prolific (yet completely unknown) treasure hunters Hamilton White and Carl Cookson. But now they have discovered their rarest treasure yet – a hoard of Knights Templar treasure. With no significant Templar artefacts ever discovered before this could rewrite the history of the Order of the Knights Templar.
Hamilton has operated entirely anonymously for over 30 years. Now he is breaking cover, with his close friend and associate Carl, a multi- millionaire property tycoon, to reveal the secrets of their million-dollar treasure hunting business. With potentially key Templar relics in their possession – a black obsidian chalice, a Templar sword, an alabaster libation vessel, and an iron reliquary box – the duo travel all over Europe and the Middle East to trace the origins of their relics.
With the help of historians and authors, including Dan Jones, Carl and Hamilton learn more about Templar ceremonies and history, as well as what significant part each item in their extraordinary treasure hoard might have played. The guys also need to establish the provenance of each relic before they can reveal their hoard to the world.
The Order of the Knights Templar is notoriously one of the most secretive organisations in history, so will proving that the objects are real even be possible? Lost Relics of the Knights Templar follows Carl and Hamilton on this historic quest.
The series will follow Hamilton and Carl as they seek to establish the provenance of each relic from one of the most secretive organisations in history before they reveal the hoard to the world.
Historian Dan Jones said: 'The Templars were one of the most famous, and notorious, organisations in western history. They emerged from the crusades and amassed huge wealth and property across Europe.'
'When they were wiped out between 1307 and 1312 most of their riches were either stolen or destroyed. People have been searching for Templar ‘treasure’ – real and imaginary – for generations, generally without finding very much. Hamilton and Carl have some intriguing finds and it's going to be exciting to see what they discover.'
Lost Relics of the Knights Templar premieres on HISTORY Monday 13 April at 9pm.
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