Mystery Explored: The Lost Gold of Timbuktu
Expedition Dates: January 8 - 27, 2008


In 14th century Africa, a legend that Timbuktu was a ‘City of Gold’ began to spread across the world. On a quest to learn the truth behind this legend, I traveled across West Africa, into the Sahara desert, and to the famous city itself. I slept in the Sahara with a Tuareg camel caravan, mined gold in Guinea, traveled by pirogue on the Niger River, dug up ancient manuscripts in the desert, and followed the trail to Morocco and one of history’s wealthiest rulers — finally learning what may have happened to Timbuktu’s infamous wealth.

Sponsoring Institution: Discovery Channel

Experts involved:
Mr. Azima, Tuareg
Dr. David Conrad
Dr. Richard Smith
Mr. Hamadou “Chine” Ouologuem
Mr. Boubacar Diaby
Mr. Ali Ould Sidi
Locations Visited:
Timbuktu, Mali
Djingareyber Mosque, Mali
Mamma Haidara Memorial Library, Mali
Djenne, Mali
Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali
Kouremale, Guinea
Marrakech, Morocco
Al-Badi Palace, Morocco



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