The latest '90s chestnut to be dug out of the attic and dusted off for a reboot? Nickelodeon's archaeology-themed game show Legends of the Hidden Temple, which ran from 1993 to 1995. As Variety reports, Nickelodeon will produce a made-for-TV movie based on Legends this year. In honor of the news, we've decided to address what we're sure is your most pressing question about the revival: just how confused would archeologists be if they came across the artifacts featured in the show's first season while excavating a genuine Mayan temple? 

1. Extremely confused, because these things are definitely 100% fictional

Fountain of Youth|Gordian Knot|John Henry's Hammer|Trojan Horseshoe|Robin Hood's Ladder

  • The Lost Fountain of Youth
  • The Gordian Knot
  • John Henry’s Lost Hammer
  • The Trojan Horseshoe
  • Robin Hood and Marian’s Ladder

2. Very confused, because these objects would have been created way after the decline of Mayan civilization following the arrival of Spanish conquistadors

Lawrence of Arabia|Golden Jaguar|Pendant of Kamehameha|Dead Man's Hand|Shaka Zulu mask

  • The Lucky Pig of Amelia Earhart
  • The Moccasins of Geronimo
  • Blackbeard’s Treasure Map
  • Lawrence of Arabia’s Headdress
  • The Treasure of Anne Bonny
  • The Map to John Sutter's Lost Gold Mine
  • The Pendant of Kamehameha
  • Wild Bill Hickok's Dead Man’s Hand
  • The Treasure Map of Jean Lafitte
  • The Golden Jaguar of Atahualpa
  • The Mask of Shaka Zulu
  • The Medal of Sir Edmund Hillary
  • The Codebook of Mata Hari
  • The Collar of Davy Crockett
  • The Dragon Lady and the Blue Pearl

3. Still pretty confused, because these artifacts would have had to have come from the other side of the world long before anyone from the Old World made contact with the Mayans—if they ever existed at all

Elizabeth's Golden Ship|Buddha's Bellybutton|Delphic Oracle Bowl|Tut's Cobra Staff|Shiva's Arm

  • The Golden Cup of Belshazzar
  • The Oracle Bowl of Delphi
  • The Belly Button of Buddha
  • The Lost Logbooks of Magellan
  • Henry VIII’s Great Seal
  • The Helmet of Genghis Khan
  • The Golden Chains of Zenobia
  • The Snake Bracelet of Cleopatra
  • The Helmet of Joan of Arc
  • The Stolen Arm of Shiva
  • The Stone Marker of Leif Erikson
  • The Star of Sultan Saladin
  • The Paintbrush of Da Vinci
  • Galileo’s Cannonball
  • The Keys to the Alhambra
  • Elizabeth I’s Golden Ship
  • The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan
  • The Silver Saddle Horn of Hannibal
  • King Tut’s Cobra Staff


All images via Legends of the Hidden Temple Wiki