Se­crets in the Dust

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 10.30pm, His­tory A sec­ond sea­son for Se­crets in the Dust dawns this week. The pro­gram is about un­earthing long-buried trea­sure and is not al­ways set in the present. While my re­search sug­gests the first episode should have been all about Angkor Wat, the Hindu tem­ple com­plex in Cam­bo­dia, the His­tory chan­nel is go­ing in­stead with At­lantis: A Dive into His­tory. To make it all seem more real­is­tic, ex­pen­sivelook­ing re-en­act­ments abound. The first is of Greek sponge divers off the coast of Tu­nisia. It’s sup­posed to be May 1907, and, de­spite those ter­rific un­der­wa­ter hel­mets and air hose-equipped suits divers wore a cen­tury ago, the sponge col­lect­ing isn’t go­ing well. The men have been at it for more than three hours with not a sin­gle sponge found. But what’s that, just un­der the sur­face? Good lord, it’s a head! But while it is sup­posed to be a price­less relic it looks like the kind fre­quently found in junk mar­kets and the stor­age vaults of set de­sign­ers. I guess they blew the bud­get on the ter­rific old boat, those leaden shoes for bal­last and the an­tique div­ing suits. Have th­ese deeply tanned but un­wit­ting sponge hunters stum­bled across the lost king­dom of At­lantis? I’ll leave that to you to find out. know why ev­ery­one has cutesy-pie nick­names, tune in.

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