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Shooting starts on doc.station documentary “Carthage’s Lost Warriors”

ZDF Enterprises coproduction to be shot on locations in South America

Mainz, 3rd April 2013.

ZDF Enterprises announces the production launch of a 1 x 50’ HD documentary special, “Carthage’s Lost Warriors,” which will be available in summer 2014. For the first time ever, it may be possible to prove that South America was discovered and settled by Mediterranean seafarers over 2,000 years ago.

The story begins in 146 BC, when Rome conquered Carthage. Survivors faced a terrifying fate as Roman slaves. But could some fugitives have crossed the Atlantic Ocean to set foot in South America? Ancient stories tell of a daring getaway – and modern science has now found evidence.

In this one-hour special, the proof is presented for the very first time: from new archaeological finds in the Amazon to genetic analysis of its modern population and an evaluation of ancient Chachapoya mummies. This historical jigsaw puzzle ultimately makes it plausible that refugees from Carthage may have fled to South America.

This is a gripping scientific detective story that will have far-reaching relevance. Will the history of the Americas have to be rewritten? One of the sensational finds can be attributed to molecular geneticist Professor Manfred Kayser of Rotterdam. Using the newest technology in genetic research, he and his team have discovered clues that the surprisingly light-haired and fair-skinned people found in remote Indian villages in the deepest Andes may be direct descendants of Celtic warriors, dating back some 2000 years.

Produced by doc.station GmbH, a production company fully owned by ZDF Enterprises, the documentary is executive produced by Jasmin Gravenhorst and written and directed by Michael Gregor.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
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ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany