Last Wednesday (16th March) I did a 2-hour interview at the Rotunda, Birmingham (UK) for a History Channel documentary about the rise and fall of ancient civilizations. The show is called ‘Civilization Lost’ and will air on the History Channel in December in the US, after which it will be available on DVD. Should be interesting.
The Nebra Sky Disc is one of the most fascinating, and some would say controversial, archaeological finds of recent years. Dated to 1600 BC, this bronze disc is patinated blue-green and embossed with gold leaf symbols which appear to represent a crecent moon, the sun (or perhaps a full moon), stars, a curved gold band, interpreted as a sun boat Read more >>
The undeciphered Phaistos Disc is one of the greatest puzzles of the ancient Greek world. Almost everything about this allegedly ancient artifact is controversial, from its purpose and meaning, to its original area of manufacture. The mysterious clay tablet was found on the Greek island of Crete Read more >>
At Easter 1900, a group of Greek sponge fishermen were fishing off the coast of the tiny, rocky island of Antikythera, between the southern Greek mainland and Crete. Surfacing after one of his descents, Elias Stadiatos babbled something about a ‘heap of dead naked women’ on the sea bed. Read more >>
Once the largest library in the ancient world, and containing works by the greatest thinkers and writers of antiquity, including Homer, Plato, Socrates and many more, the Library of Alexandria, northern Egypt, is popularly believed to have been destroyed in a huge fire around 2000 years ago and its volumous works lost. Read more >>
Dating back at least 2700 years, the ancient temple complex of Delphi was known throughout ancient Greece as the home of the Oracle of Apollo, the Greek god of prophecy, music, healing, and light. One controversial aspect of the ancient Oracle is the trance state attained by the sanctuary’s priestess (or Pythia). Read more >>
“Those of you who saw the movies Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull or The Mummy 3, know that they had some fantastical stories of ancient cultures, magical places, and locations in the world . . . What if you were to find that many of these weren’t fiction but based on a retelling of past events? Haunted Spaces, Sacred Places is a book that explores these very things. Written in 2008, you get a current look at the history and lore of earth’s sacred ground”. Read more >>
Regarded by the Romans as “fatale monstrum”- a fatal omen, was Cleopatra merely the lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony? Or did she play an important role not only in the history of Egypt, but also in that of the mighty Roman Empire? Read more >>
Amongst the less explored aspects of Stonehenge are the enigmatic burials scattered in and around this famous Neolithic monument. What can these burials tell us about the rituals and activities that went on at Stonehenge more than four millennia ago? Read more >>
The beautifully designed cover for the Portuguese edition of my my first book Hidden History, Lost Civilizations, Secret Knowledge and Ancient Mysteries. This is one of twelve foreign language editions of the book.