The History channel have thrown us another new show, adding to its already extensive library of factusl, first hand alternative historical related programmes.
Following on from the Curse of Oak Island, WW2 treasure hunters, the curse of Civil war gold and hunting Hitler, come a new UK based show called River Hunters.
YouTube vlogger – Beau Ouimette, better known as aquachigger, a river detectorist with over 30 years’ experience, along with presenter and keen swimmer Rick Edwards, search the UK’s waterways for archaeological finds. Using state-of-the-art technology, archive maps and contemporaneous accounts from the period, Beau and Rick perform the first underwater archaeological digs in some of the most exciting and iconic historical sites in Britain, often in dangerous and fast-flowing water.
In Episode one, we are whisked to Scotland and an area I spent many hours as a child, not realising the vast history beneath my feet.
In the first episode of the series, Rick and Beau tackle the mighty river Forth in the shadow of Stirling Castle. In the first archaeological river search of this spot ever, the pair set out on the hunt for relics of Scotland’s greatest medieval warriors, William Wallace and Robert The Bruce, revealing secrets from the battle sites of their most famous victories against their hated English overlords. However, the River Hunters come across hugely significant finds dating much deeper into history as they unearth a Bronze age axe head and spear tip (c. 1000 AD) leading our experts to believe this area of the Forth near Cambuskenneth Abbey was a potential pagan place of worship.
I rather enjoyed this first episode, historically accurate, working alongside historians, Archaeologists and metal detectorists and exuding a passion for finding lost treasures and fulfilling UK law by instilling the laws relating to all finds covered by the treasure act.
I look forward to seeing the continuation of the series and having the opportunity to see the finds, historical tales and passion of the hosts. Kudos to the producers hosts and all involved in this new series.