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Mystery Explored: The Lost Tribe of Israel
Expedition Dates: August 29 – Sepember 14, 2004

Summary:

The mystery of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel has fascinated countless people through the ages. Explorers claim to have discovered evidence of the “lost tribes” all over the world,  in fact, from Australia to Siberia, but few if any such claims have been backed up by solid evidence. But a provocative possibility about the whereabouts of one of the tribes has emerged—and it’s 4,000 miles from Israel, in Southern Africa. I retraced the amazing journey that the Lemba people claim they made centuries ago. It stretches from the heart of modern South Africa to the ancient stone cities of Zimbabwe…and then onto the shores of the Mediterranean and the city of Jerusalem. The evidence for this journey is more than anecdotal, as I discovered that recent DNA studies point to the Lemba’s true origin in the Middle East.


Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
Dr. Israel Finkelstein, Archaeologist
Mr. Hillel Halkin, Historian
Mr. Samuel Moeti, Lemba Leader
Dr. Edward Matenga, Curator, Great Zimbabwe
Dr. Magdel Le Roux, Historian
Dr, Richard Wade, Archaeologist
Dr. Trefor Jenkins, Geneticist
Dr. Himla Soodyall, Geneticist
Mr. Steve Scott, Bushpilot

Locations Visited:
Jerusalem, Israel
Meggido, Israel
Samaria, Israel
Harare, Zimbabwe
Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Johannesburg, South Africa
Machema Settlement, South Africa
Louis Trichardt, South Africa


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