At some point, most of us have dreamed of riding across the Sahara Desert and stumbling across an ancient tomb filled with national treasures and glittering gems. If you haven't, then you've probably never seen an Indiana Jones movie. Paul Koudounaris, the self-proclaimed 'Indiana Bones', certainly takes that explorer's vision to heart.
When he's not digging up the dirt on charnel houses, the Los Angeles-based art historian and photographer is tracking down the remains of saints scattered around the world.
Koudounaris has always had a love for the macabre, collecting taxidermy and ghoulish human remains on his travels. His latest find, however, has shocked the relic-hunting world. Traveling for miles across Europe with nothing but a backpack and a camera, Indiana Bones hunted down the bejeweled remains of what some claim to be early Catholic saints. Hopping from church to church, Koudounaris ventured into the catacombs of some of the world's most secretive religious establishments to uncover the remains of thousands of 400-year-old skeletons, all of which were encrusted with the finest gems and gold.
On his adventures through the charnel houses of Europe, Bones has discovered quite the litany of spectral remains. First there was his discovery of St Valentin in a German crypt, then the humdrum haven of St Munditia within Munich's St. Peter Church. Indiana Bones' incredible discoveries have been marked as one of the most impressive and controversial finds in treasure hunting history.