VIDEO: Originally intending to explore the rivers of Argentina, by the time they had finished they had survived the 3,400 m deep Colca canyon river in Peru, battled malaria, become local celebrities, opened a network of Solidarity offices across South America and initiated a string of fundraising events to send money back to the movement in Poland.
Experts are keen to find out how the dark ceramic dish they believe belonged to the South American Chimú culture which existed between the 10th and 15th century until the invasion of the Incas, came to be in a Polish village.
Around 700 crates of artwork were smuggled out of Łańcut castle towards the end of WWII by the aristocratic Potocki family to avoid falling into the hands of advancing Red Army soldiers. The pieces were then sold off in dribs and drabs until noble businessman Maciej Radziwiłł found 20 surviving paintings in the Peruvian capital.
While investigating a location used for sacrifices, the archeologists led by Warsaw University’s ‘Indiana Jones’, Prof. Miłosz Giersz, came across the tomb containing the remains of a 20-year-old man in a sitting position surrounded by tools made of rare metal including a saw, a collection of knives and an axe.
Almost a dozen Poles to take on the some of “the biggest dunes in the world” in 5,500 kilometre endurance race.