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At the headwaters of the Amazon, a German professor believes he is able to solve the mystery of the Chachapoya, a tribe which was lost centuries ago. This warrior people of the Andes is surrounded by secrets, and its origin remains the largest secret of all. Could visitors from the other side of the Atlantic have sailed all the way across the ocean and made it to the New World long before Columbus ever did?


“Carthage’s Lost Warriors” is a look at a hypothesis that comes about a lot of lost people and tribes. Mainly, somebody believes they got on a boat and sailed away. It doesn’t matter what part of the world, just as long as they disappear into the frontier. I guess The New World was just this giant black hole that was used to dump undesirables. If that’s the case, then what was Australia?

The Secrets of the Dead specials are pretty damn fun. They take a decent amount of scientific evidence and then jump all over the place to make arguments based on few historical details. It’s like the old What-If comic from Marvel, but it postulates on minor details throughout history. Does it matter that the Chachapoya tribe went missing? It’s not like they discovered the cure for cancer and then vanished to all known dregs of humanity. I do have to admit that it’s funny that Celtic Warriors might have ended up in Peru. But, nobody bothers to ask the greater question? If the Irish ended up in South America, how come they didn’t explode like vampires upon hitting the morning sun?

The DVD comes with no special features. It’s fairly typical for a focus PBS documentary. The A/V Quality is on par with similar documentaries. But, that’s not like it was something that would blow out your home theater. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.

RELEASE DATE: 05/06/14

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