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Magick - The International Language of Religion
Tuesday April 11, 2017 4:00pm EST
by Mogg Morgan
Magick - The International Language of Religion

There was no word for “religion” in Ancient Egypt. What we call religion was obviously for them a natural state, something so self-evidently human that it did not require a special word. If the Egyptians had had a word for religion it might have been ‘magick’.

In his premier Talk to an Expert Chat with Ancient Origins Premium, researcher and author Mogg Morgan joins us to speak on Magick — the international language of religion, from its origins in Egypt and Asia to its modern re-imagining.

Mogg Morgan is a respected independent scholar, former Wellcome student, and holder of an advanced degree in Oriental Studies from University of Oxford.

He is the author of several books on Egypt, specializing in folk religion, ritual calendars and the “archaeological memory” encoded in the religions of post pharaonic Egypt.  He is also an Indologist, interested in the philosophy and technology of India, especially Ayurvedic medicine, and folk magic traditions.

Learn more in his book “Phi-Neter: The Power of the Egyptian Gods”, and at his website Astro Egypt - Khemetic research & Sky Religion

The Secret Mounds and Mathematics of Ancient Giants: Uncovering Forbidden Zones
Tuesday February 28, 2017 6:00pm EST
by Fritz Zimmerman
The Secret Mounds and Mathematics of Ancient Giants: Uncovering Forbidden Zones

Across the Ohio Valley landscape are the ruins of ancient burial mounds and geometric earthworks aligned to solar, lunar and astrological events. Within many of the burial mounds were the skeletal remains of an ancient race of giants with primitive-looking skulls. The geometric earthworks reveal that complex mathematics were used in their construction. The solar temples, best described as henges, are identical to those found in the British Isles and Germany that were constructed by the Beaker People. Their conical burial mounds, like those in Ohio, were surrounded by an earthwork or moat.

Their skeletons were also equally tall with the same primitive countenance. Is there a connection?

In this intriguing Talk to an Expert chat with AO Premium, author and researcher Fritz Zimmerman will compare burial mound types, earthworks and skulls from the British Isles and the Ohio Valley.  Also, Early and Middle Age Bronze weapons technology from Mesopotamia and the Great Lakes Copper Culture will be examined and compared showing similar and simultaneous advancements. A numerical codex called Gematria is also evident within the lengths of many of the Ohio works that is not believed to be a serendipitous coincidence.

Fritz will also highlight some of largest burial mounds and earthworks in the Ohio Valley that have been listed as "Address Restricted" by archaeologists.  This veil of secrecy has been removed in his "Travel Guide," making the location of these ancient sites public for the first time.

Fritz Zimmerman is the author of "The Nephilim Chronicles: Fallen Angels in the Ohio Valley" Ten years of fieldwork exploring over 700 mound and earthwork sites in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Michigan, resulting in the discovery of 222 locations where these ancient ruins can be visited.  Many of these sites were photographed for the first time that includes directions to this heretofore unknown ancient world, and published in "The Nephilim Chronicles: A Travel Guide to the Ancient Ruins in the Ohio Valley”.  The latest book has 888 accounts of giant skeletons in "The Encyclopedia of Ancient Giants in North America."

Akhenaten, the Heretic Pharaoh: A Different View
Tuesday January 10, 2017 6:00pm EST
by Ted Loukes
Akhenaten, the Heretic Pharaoh: A Different View

Akhenaten, the Heretic Pharaoh, took on the might of the priesthood of Amun-Ra; and, enforced by the military, temples were shut down, and the names of the gods were hacked out from statues and inscriptions the length and breadth of Egypt. All the gods were banned and everyone had to worship the Aten. Akhenaten and his family, more concerned about their new religion, left the empire unprotected and weakened – an ineffectual king more interested in poetry and nature rather than ruling. Statues and inscriptions depict Akhenaten and his family with long thin necks, sloping foreheads and elongated skulls, and this has led to claims that the king suffered from various disorders—or even that he was female. An ugly misshapen man struggling with his own mental and physical abnormalities. This is the story that most history books will tell you, but is it true?

Ted Loukes, independent researcher in the field of ancient civilizations, will pull back the curtain on the history of the ‘Heretic Pharoh’ in his fascinating premier Talk with an Expert chat with Ancient Origins Premium.

Ted has been on a voyage of discovery for over forty years, questioning man's origins by digging through ancient texts, inscriptions, myths and legends. He is author of the book Moses and Akhenaten: Brothers in Alms, and you can learn more at his website:

The Norns: Goddesses of Fate
Tuesday December 13, 2016 3:00pm EST
by Vincent Ongkowidjojo
The Norns: Goddesses of Fate

The Norns are the goddesses of fate in Norse mythology. But more often than not they appear in the human world. Myth, saga, folktale and archaeological evidence gives us a clear idea who these women really were.

In his premier Talk to an Expert Chat, Ancient Origins guest author Vincent Ongkowidjojo discusses the legendary Norns, strange and powerful seers, women of prophesy, and their place in Norse myth.  

“There travelled about the land seeresses which were called visionary women and could prophesy people’s life span. That is why people invited them into their homes and made feasts for them and gave them gifts at parting. My father did the same and they came to his place with a band of men, and should prophesy my destiny.”

Vincent is the author of Secrets of Asgard (Mandrake, 2011) and Doors of Valhalla (Mandrake, 2016). His works have always been described as well-written and ground-breaking.

You can find out more about Norse history and mythology in his Ancient Origins article: The Northern Mysteries Current: Futhark and Mystery Schools of the Viking Age” and he has written for AO Premium on The Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, and the Origins of Runes, Symbols and Magic.

The New History of the Appalachian Mountains: Introducing the Lost Tribe of Clover Hollow
Monday November 28, 2016 7:00pm EST
by David Miller
The New History of the Appalachian Mountains: Introducing the Lost Tribe of Clover Hollow

Ancient cultural influences detected at Clover Hollow in the Appalachian Mountains include strange and mystical stone alignments. Facing each other across Sinking Creek are two rock outcroppings that stand there like the piers of a gate. Carvings found on rock formations at the site seem to be very anthropomorphic in style and design, and ‘petroglyphs of the broad type,’ as an archaeologist has suggested. Could this be evidence for an ancient civilization of unknown origins deep in the Appalachian Mountains? These mountains are ten times older than for example the Andes, where numerous ancient cultures like Ollantaytambo, Saksayhuaman, and Machu Picchu, overlook a much newer Urubamba River Valley. Could it be true that one of the oldest civilizations on Earth once thrived in the Appalachian region of North America?

In his premier Talk to an Expert Chat, Ancient Origins guest author David Miller discusses the initial discovery of the Native American trail and the petroglyphs that surround it. Miller documented the initial discovery on film, and warns about a proposed pipeline and the potential disaster it would create for the site.

David Miller is author of the book The Sibold Effect: Beyond Science, History, Ghosts, and the Appalachian Supernatural, and you can find out more about the Clover Hollow discoveries in his Ancient Origins articles: The Lost Tribe of Clover Hollow – Oldest Civilization in the World Found in Appalachian Mountains?” and Stone Panels of Clover Hollow --Wondrous Freaks of Nature or Cryptic Messages from the Ancient Past?”

They Might Be Giants: Carl Baugh’s Hyperbaric Atmosphere
Friday October 21, 2016 5:00pm EST
by Brady Yoon
They Might Be Giants: Carl Baugh’s Hyperbaric Atmosphere, with Brady Yoon

Ancient Origins guest writer and expert Brady Yoon will return to discuss the research of Carl Baugh. Baugh is an independent researcher who has discovered a remarkable biological phenomenon: increasing the atmospheric pressure causes an organism to develop to a greater adult body size. Moreover, Baugh has demonstrated that this relationship between air pressure and adult body size holds not just for a single organism, but across species that are only distantly related. However, Baugh’s experiments, and the conclusions he drew from have largely been rejected by academia. In this webinar, Brady Yoon will present theories and the profound implications that Baugh’s research could have on our understanding of the ancient past. Perhaps, in due time, Baugh’s experiments will be regarded as one of the greatest biological experiments ever performed, on par with the experiments of Mendel and the discoveries of Darwin.

Brady Yoon is a software engineer and writer who researches lost civilizations and other ancient mysteries in his spare time. He has presented his work at CPAK 2014 and with Ancient Origins Premium.

World Mummification
Saturday October 8, 2016 7:30pm EST
by Dr. Ken Jeremiah
World Mummification

Join History Channel personality Dr. Ken Jeremiah for a Chat with an Expert on June 28th at 7:30 ET.  Ken has written numerous books, including Living Buddhas, Christian Mummification, and Eternal Remains. 

He will be leading a conversation about the religious and spiritual beliefs that make bodily preservation necessary in worldwide cultures.  It is entitled World Mummification and the Beliefs that Make it Necessary.  Many topics will be covered, including Europe’s bog bodies, the mummification of Christian saints, the amazing process of Japanese self-mummification, and the Jivaro practice of shrinking heads.

Mummies, whether they were naturally or artificially preserved, fascinate the living.  Their existence causes humans to ponder the past, and to consider their own inevitable deaths.  While researching the reasons behind mummification, it becomes clear that despite apparent cultural differences, human beings are alike.  Their ideas concerning life and death are also similar, if not downright the same.  From indigenous tribes in the Americas that smoke dry their leaders, to Europeans who preserve and then dismember holy bodies, the underlying reasons are universal.  Attendees will discuss the ultimate significance of life and death based upon worldwide practices and beliefs.  It should be an interesting and inspiring session.  We hope you can join us!

Mayan Queens - The Earliest Women Heads of Government in the Americas
Thursday September 29, 2016 7:30pm EST
by Leonide Martin
Mayan Queens - The Earliest Women Heads of Government in the Americas

As Americans prepare to vote in the first US presidential election with a major party woman candidate, it's instructive to realize that women at the head of government is nothing new. In a much-anticipated return, guest author and expert Leonide Martin speaks in an Ancient Origins Premium Talk with an Expert chat, discussing Mayan Queens. 

The ancient Mayas were the first culture in the Americas to have numerous women in highest leadership positions. These "Mayan queens" were actually K'uhul Ixik or "Holy Ladies" and frequently given the masculine title K'uhul Ahau, "Holy Lord." The Mayan rulership system did not work like the European one; succession was not strictly hereditary although several Maya dynasties ruled for hundreds of years. Male succession was generally preferred, although many instances of women ruling in their own right have been recorded. Women rulers planned military strategies and at times led troops as Warrior Queens. Noble and elite women had high status in Maya society. Insights into how Mayan women rulers shaped the destiny of their people are given in my series Mists of Palenque, the stories of four great Mayan queens from the sixth through the eighth centuries CE. 

Leonide Martin is a retired California State University professor, former Family Nurse Practitioner, and is currently author and Maya researcher, studying Maya archeology, anthropology and history from the scientific and indigenous viewpoints.

In the Graves of Giants: Anomalous, Mystifying & Out of Place Artifacts
Monday August 29, 2016 7:30pm EST
by Hugh Newman
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Unusual artifacts were often reported along with giant skeletons all over North America: extra-large tools and weapons, tablets with peculiar writing, metal artifacts, mysterious ancient coins and medallions—even an ancient gun. All these out-of-place-artifacts were found in the graves of giants, and some can still be seen today.

In this much-requested Ancient Origins Talk to an Expert chat session, Hugh explores the strange and anomalous artifacts that have been uncovered in the graves of ‘giants’ in North America and looks at the wider phenomenon based upon the finds.

Hugh Newman is a world explorer, megalithomaniac and author of Earth Grids: The Secret Pattern of Gaia’s Sacred Sites (2008); co-author of Giants On Record: America’s Hidden History, Secrets in the Mounds and the Smithsonian Files with Jim Vieira (2015), and is published in three 'Ancient Origins' e-books. He has been a regular guest on History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and Search for the Lost Giants and organizes the annual Megalithomania conferences and tours and co-organizes the Origins Conference in London with Andrew Collins. His latest project is a follow up to Giants On Record, investigating giant accounts in the British Isles.

Werewolf or Warrior? Where do our Folklore Tales come from?
Wednesday July 20, 2016 7:30pm EST
by Charles Christian
Werewolf or Warrior? Where do our Folklore Tales come from?

Even the most incredible legends have a germ of truth at their root. From Gilgamesh and the Biblical Flood, to Dragons and Dinosaurs, to Vampires and Vlad the Impaler, and, more recently, Faeries and Flores Man. There is a constant stream of examples of what were once thought to be fanciful tales that are now seen to be based on scientific facts. 

This Talk to an Expert chat will be led by regular Ancient Origins contributor and Medieval History and Folklore expert Charles Christian, who was recently commissioned by an English newspaper to investigate a reported werewolf sighting, and will focus specifically on European Werewolf legends and whether they can be traced back to Viking Berserkers. Be prepared for bloody tales and sagas of crazed killers!