The Ancient Library of Alexandria

Posted on April 24th, 2017

What happened to the ancient library at Alexandria? Read the article here

Roman Gold and Silver Hoard from Hoxne

Posted on February 26th, 2017

My article on the Roman silver and gold hoard from Hoxne has been published in the Ancient History Encyclopedia.

Hoxne Hoard

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Legends of the Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire

Posted on August 8th, 2016

My article on the Rollright Stones has been published in the Ancient History Encyclopedia.


Folklore of Ghosts & Hauntings

Posted on May 19th, 2016

An article on how folklore intertwines with ghosts and hauntings – read it here

Folklore of Ghosts and hauntings

The Amber Room – Part Three

Posted on February 16th, 2016








Odd theories, mysterious deaths and the dark side of historical research. Read the final part of the strange story of the Amber Room here

‘The Amber Room’ – Part 2 – Sample Chapter from ‘Ancient Treasures’

Posted on October 31st, 2015

Read Part Two of the strange story of the Amber Room here

Follow me on Twitter

Posted on October 27th, 2015

You can now follow me on Twitter

‘The Amber Room’ – Sample Chapter from ‘Ancient Treasures’

Posted on August 29th, 2015

Read the first part of the strange story of the Amber Room here

My new book Ancient Treasures – out now

Posted on August 1st, 2013

Contract signed – Ancient Treasure

Posted on March 20th, 2012

I have just signed the contract for my new book to be titled Ancient Treasure.

Why are so many people fascinated by treasure? Is it purely a desire for wealth or is it also the romantic appeal of tales of lost ancient artefacts? Indeed the stories behind certain treasures, especially those looted from their archaeological context, read like a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond. Such a case is Sevso Treasure, a hoard of 14 large silver vessels from the late Roman Empire, estimated to be worth $200 million on today’s market. Looted from an unknown Roman palace in the 1970s the story of these ‘cursed’ pieces as some researchers have called them, involves at least one possible murder, shady consortiums, allegations of forgery, and back market double-dealing. Or the celebrated Amber Room, a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, stolen by the Nazis in 1941 from the Palace of Tsarskoye Selo, near Saint Petersburg, and brought to the castle at Königsberg (modernKaliningradin Russia) from where it disappeared, though rumours persist that it still survives today as a part of the Nazi loot known as the Štěchovice Treasure. This book is about such ancient treasures and the astonishing stories behind them.


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