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Buried for most of its life in the desert sand, an air of mystery has always surrounded the Great Sphinx, causing speculation about its age and purpose, method of construction, concealed chambers, role in prophesy, and relationship to the equally mysterious pyramids. Read more >>
Located in modern Turkey, Göbekli Tepe is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. The stunning 10,000 year old complex has led some researchers to claim it was the site of the biblical Garden of Eden. Read more >>
The cutting of huge figures or geoglyphs into the turf of English hillsides has been going on for more than 3000 years. There are 56 hill figures scattered around England, with the vast majority on the chalk downlands of the southern part of the country. These mysterious figures include giants, horses, crosses Read more >>
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 >>