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A Tour of Turkey and the Mystical Göbekli Tepe
Sunday June 28, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Andrew Collins
A Tour of Turkey and the Mystical Göbekli Tepe

A lifetime of experiencing ancient wonders of the world is not complete without visiting the incredible ancient sites and sacred spaces of Turkey and Anatolia, featuring the earliest religious structures built by mankind.

Dive into history and culture: Çatal Höyük,  Mount Nimrod, the Hittite centers of Hattusa and Alaca Höyük, Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Ankara's archaeological museum, Şanlıurfa’s Pools of Abraham, the mysterious landscape of Cappadocia including the underground city of Derinkuyu, and many more sites besides.

Author Andrew Collins takes us on a virtual tour of the ancient sites of Turkey—including mystical Göbekli Tepe—with special guest Jim Willis.

Andrew CollinsAndrew Collins is a history and science writer, as well as more than a dozen books that challenge the way we see the past. Among them are Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods, The Cygnus Key, Beneath the Pyramids and Denisovan Origins, co-authored with Greg L. Little. He is the co-discover of a massive cave system beneath the pyramids of Giza, now known as Collins’ Cave, and has been at the forefront of research into Gobekli Tepe for last 20 years. He lives in England. His website is

COME WITH US: Our experts will guide you through amazing ancient sites when we tour Turkey in person later this year! Get insider information you wouldn’t get anywhere else; discover the hidden mysteries, the sacred meanings, the physical and astronomical significance of the sites.

Book your place now and join us in May 2022 on the Ancient Origins Göbekli Tepe Tour.

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Who was the Historical Osiris?
Saturday June 20, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Dr. Willem McLoud

Who was the Historical Osiris? A new ancient Middle Eastern chronological model reveals an age-old secret

Osiris was one of the most popular gods of ancient Egypt, a god who first made his appearance in Egypt during the Fifth Dynasty. He was, strangely—albeit fascinatingly—remembered as a great civilizing king who traveled the world. He was called “Lord of all the Earth” and received the Atef crown from Re, signifying absolute kingship and rule over the cosmos. One of the great enigmas of Egyptology is who the historical Osiris was. Who was the real king behind the myth?

A newly discovered cuneiform text has changed it all. This text is a literary fragment from the Epic of Gulkišar, who ruled over the Sealand in southern Babylon during the period when Babylon was destroyed by the Hittite king, Mursili I. The information contained in this fragment of the epic has overturned the old ways of thinking about ancient Middle Eastern chronology, providing strong backing and support for a new ancient Middle Eastern chronology, which casts Osiris and his origins in a totally new light.

Dr. Willem McLoudDr. Willem McLoud is an independent South African scholar whose main interests are ancient Middle Eastern studies, Kantian philosophy, and philosophy of science. He has a PhD in Nuclear Physics (Nuclear Fusion) from the University of Natal, a MA in Philosophy of Science from the University of Cape Town as well as a MBL from UNISA. Willem’s main areas of study regarding the ancient Middle East are the Sumerian, Akkadian, and early Egyptian civilizations, with special focus on the Uruk and Akkadian Periods in Mesopotamian history, as well as the Old Kingdom Period in Egyptian history. He has pioneered a new ancient Middle Eastern chronological model in which the Mesopotamian high chronology is correlated with the Egyptian low chronology.

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The Origin of Languages and Scripts
Saturday May 23, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Dr. Fanie Vermaak
The Origin of Languages and Scripts

Why don’t we still use Egyptian hieroglyphs? What happened to Mesopotamian cuneiform?

Writing originated more or less at the same time and in the same manner by approximately the middle of the fourth millennium BC all along the great rivers of the world, with the Chinese script along the Wuang-Ho River, the Indian script along the Indus River, the Egyptian hieroglyphs along the Nile, and the Mesopotamian cuneiform signs along the Tigris and the Euphrates.

However, the alphabetical letters, as we use them today, have an extended history that dates back to the latter part of the second millennium BC. They most probably developed in the eastern part of the Mediterranean (present Syria and Lebanon). The more complicated writing systems in the Ancient Near East, such as the Egyptian hieroglyphs and the Mesopotamian cuneiform, could no longer effectively serve the trade processes and required a simpler alphabetical system to improve the communication system for everyday use in this geographical gateway area.

Special guest Dr. Fanie Vermaak returns to Ancient Origins Premium to present on the history and fates of ancient languages and scripts.

Dr. Fanie VermaakDr. Fanie Vermaak is a professor in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of South Africa. With an initial background in theological studies (also ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church) he focuses on various cultural activities in the Ancient Near East, specializing in Sumerian and Egyptology.

Vermaak studied Theology and various Semitic Languages at the Universities of the Free State (Bloemfontein) and Stellenbosch, South Africa.  He specialized (PhD) in the cuneiform (Sumerian) studies of the Ur III period (2100-2000 BC) on the activities of the temple administrators of Southern Mesopotamia and published also extensively in this regard. He extended further studies with the various ancient gateways of the Near East towards also the outside world so far as the Indus Valley. Vermaak is also the chairperson of the Ancient Egypt and Near Eastern Society (AENES) who is responsible for the monthly evening lectures for the public sector (15 years). He served eight years on the national academic society called Southern African Society for Near Eastern Society. He is a founding member of the International Society of Cuneiform Studies. Fanie often acts as a Middle East analyst on various media and has a special interest in the ancient and modern Near East or Middle East.

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Breaking Bread with the Vikings - An Academy of Taste Webinar
Saturday April 25, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Alicia McDermott
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What kept the Vikings going during hard times?

In a world filled with uncertainty and worries about tomorrow, you may wonder what’s the point in thinking about who came before us, how they lived and died, or what they ate. The future is where we’re headed, why bother considering the ways of our ancestors, right?

I disagree. Apart from the debt we owe to our predecessors for helping us to be here now, we also can find comfort and knowledge about them and ourselves by exploring their/our traditions, their wisdom, their resilience in the face of hardships, their creativity, and the stories they have left behind.

We can read their tales and admire their art, but why stop there? Let’s explore their music, festivals, and even eat their food! We can bring them back to life, if just for a moment, to celebrate their diversity, creativity, and humanity. Reconnecting with our ancient origins is a great source of comfort, strength, and perhaps even amusement! They were us, so when we learn from their achievements and mistakes, we also learn about ourselves.

So, what does all of this have to do with food? Well, in many ways, both literally and culturally, food keeps us going. It’s what sustains us and unites us. All of life’s biggest events tend to happen with food somewhere in the picture. We have special meals for special days, indulgences to comfort us on dark nights, and little treats we give each other as tokens of affection.

For this webinar, we’re going to break bread with the Vikings and discover what the ancient Norse men and women shared around their hearths. I’m going to whip up one of the most popular foods in many cultures – bread – and you’re welcome to join me in the fun. If you’d like to try your hand as Viking chef in training, you’re going to need a few things: flour (wheat, oat, barley, rye…whatever’s available), milk, honey, an egg, salt, possibly some nuts, and an interest in learning a little more about what was on a Viking menu!

Food brings people together…no matter the time our space between us.

Alicia McDermott  Alicia McDermott is a researcher, editor, and writer at Ancient Origins. She has degrees in Anthropology, International Development Studies, and Psychology, and sees herself as a lifelong learner with an open mind.

Alicia has worked in various fields such as education, tourism, and anthropology. Traveling throughout Bolivia and Peru, as well as all-over Ecuador, Alicia has increased her knowledge of Pre-Colombian sites as well as learning more about modern Andean cultures and fine-tuning her Spanish skills. Alicia has had a passion for writing since she was a child and apart from creative writing, she has written various essays about Latin American social issues and archaeological sites.

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Where is the Body of Alexander the Great?
Saturday April 18, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Michael Chugg
Where is the Body of Alexander the Great?

What was the ultimate fate of Alexander’s body? Was it hidden in plain sight all along?

Two impressive artifacts have both independently been associated with the lost tomb of Alexander the Great; an Egyptian sarcophagus from Alexandria now in the British Museum, and a large, sculpted fragment of an ancient Macedonian tomb discovered in the foundations of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

The Alexandrian tradition regarding the sarcophagus can be shown to date back at least 500 years. St Mark’s in Venice was built to accommodate the mummy, supposed to be that of St Mark the Evangelist, brought from Alexandria in 828 AD. But this mummy and its tomb appeared in Alexandria at the same time (391 AD) as Alexander’s body and tomb disappeared— and in the same location. Therefore, the Macedonian tomb fragment has been used to support a theory that Alexander’s mummy was re-labelled as St Mark’s remains, due to paganism being made illegal by the Roman emperor in that year.

Recently, a startling new connection between the ‘Star-Shield block’ in Venice and the sarcophagus in the British Museum has been recognized: the block precisely fits the sarcophagus as part of an outer tomb casing both in height and in length, a fact obscured until now by damage to both objects. Since the fit is accurate to within the limits of measurement, it is highly improbable that it has come about by chance. Rather, this new evidence confirms the overall theory regarding the fate of Alexander’s tomb and greatly enhances the possibility that the skeleton of the mummy that still lies in St Mark’s is actually Alexander the Great!

Andrew Michael Chugg read Natural Sciences at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge in the UK, graduating with honors. He has appeared as an Alexander expert on BBC Radio, and in several National Geographic TV documentaries. He has also written various books on Alexander including The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great and Alexander’s Lovers. He recently completed a project to reconstruct the highly influential account of Alexander’s reign by Cleitarchus, which was written in Alexandria in the second quarter of the third century BC, but which has been lost since the time of the Roman Empire. The entire reconstruction was published in a single 700-page volume in 2015. Andrew is currently working on an account of the largest and most important tomb ever found in Greece in the Kasta Mound at Amphipolis, and on a scientific analysis of the Pharos lighthouse in Alexandria, the Seventh Wonder of the ancient world.

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The Secrets of Mohenjo Daro - Destroyed by ‘atomic heat’ 4000 years ago?
Saturday March 28, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Enrico Baccarini
The Secrets of Mohenjo Daro – Destroyed by ‘atomic heat’ 4000 years ago?

What really happened to the ancient city of Mohenjo Daro?

Join Professor Enrico Baccarini on a voyage to an unexplored world, on a journey beyond the boundaries of human history. For over 5,000 years the Indus Valley has jealously guarded a forgotten past, a secret locked inside of the oldest traditions known to human history. This is the history of a highly evolved and sophisticated civilization which suddenly disappeared into oblivion, but left us a legacy of a large number of texts transmitted orally and later merged into Hinduism.

Mohenjo-Daro, in the Indus Valley, (modern-day Pakistan) was inexplicably and suddenly destroyed 4,000 years ago by an explosion so powerful that, according to our current knowledge of the matter, the only force capable of producing similar effects is a nuclear explosion. Tens of centuries ago, ancient Sanskrit texts describe the Vimana—terrifying wars between men and gods, fought with flying machines, rockets and weapons so deadly that they easily compare to modern ones.

In the 1970’s David William Davenport conducted a comparative study of the original Sanskrit texts, Rig Veda, Mahabharata, Ramayana, dozens of archeology texts, and above all, an ancient manual of "aeronautics", and found Mohenjo Daro was suddenly hit with a heat shockwave of many thousands of degrees Celsius for a very short time, which razed the city to the ground, charring many of its inhabitants, and glazing bricks and pottery.

Recent rock samples taken on the site have been thoroughly analyzed while new and incredible documents never published before have emerged from the Davenport archives. In this webinar anthropologist and professor Enrico Baccarini introduces this unpublished material as well as the archaeo-metallurgical analyzes of the rock samples by Prof. Roberto Volterri.

Prof Enrico BaccariniProfessor Enrico Baccarini is a journalist, writer, and editor. He has a Master’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, and a Bachelor's degree in Asian Studies. He is Professor of Oriental Studies, at the Maitri University.

He has participated as a guest and author in broadcasts for the main Italian radio and television channels, such as MEDIASET and RAI, and international channels such as the History Channel and the Japanese NHK. He is currently the owner of ENIGMA EDIZIONI ( and is the Director in Chief of HERA Magazine. He has been a speaker at conferences in Italy and abroad in numerous national and international scientific conferences and is the author of 17 books published in Italy UK, USA, Brazil.

For more, see Enrico Baccarini’s book:

Vimanas and the wars of the gods: The Rediscovery of a Lost Civilization, of a Forgotten Science and of an Ancient Lore of India and Pakistan

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The Hopi Ceremonial Cycles and Stonehenge
Saturday February 22, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Thomas Mills
The Hopi Ceremonial Cycles and Stonehenge

Thomas Mills returns to continue his fascinating presentation on the Hopi with evidence of the links between the Hopi Creation Story and the Egyptian hieroglyphs, and then he moves on to the Ceremonial Cycles.

North, South, East, and West have not always been located where they are today. There was an important reason why they have changed, what happened in the past, and what our ancestors wanted us to know about Earth’s delicate balance in space and our future at the present time.

Thomas MillsHas East always been East? If it was not, would ancient civilizations have left us clues where it was located in the past? Thomas uses his knowledge of the Ceremonial Cycles entrusted to him by the Hopi, to explain Stonehenge, the Pyramids, the Mayan Temples, and many other unexplained ancient sites located around the planet, to establish the timeline of their construction. He then uses this knowledge to find north and compares north to Charles Hapgood’s four North Pole locations in the past 100,000 years with amazing results—thus dating the sites and proving the Hopi Creation Story.

In the early ‘70s Thomas O. Mills had just turned 21 and was forced to quit his job to move to the Hopi Cultural Center to help his mother manage the new center.  Now, 50 years later he is sharing his vast knowledge of the Hopi via webinars, YouTube, and his two books. In his first book,  The Book of Truth, A New Perspective On The Hopi Creation Story he traces the Hopi story back to Egypt and puts new light on the murals, temples, and pyramids from that point of view, a view that rings true today. In his second book,  Stonehenge, If This Was East Mills uses his knowledge of the Hopi Ceremonial Cycles to find ancient east at a number of unexplained ancient sites around the world.

To be caught up, don’t miss the first half of this enlightening and enjoyable webinar:

The Hopi Creation Story: Links to Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Stonehenge

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The Hopi Creation Story: Links to Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Stonehenge
Saturday January 11, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Thomas Mills
The Hopi Creation Story: Links to Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Stonehenge

“Who would have thought that we would live to see the day when our polar ice caps would melt; that earthquakes would affect earth’s rotation, that Islands would sink beneath the seas, and that we would fight wars with unmanned drones? Only the Hopi.” 

The Hopi Guardian named Massaw pinpointed the exact location for the Hopi to settle after a great flood that destroyed much of mankind the last time earth’s polar ice caps melted. The Hopi village of Oraibi is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States.  The Hopi community is built on three flat mesas in the northeast portion of Arizona. Many people can’t understand why any community would choose to settle in such a desolate area with no water or fertile soil for their crops.  

The Hopi Creation story may hold the key to understanding why Hopi ancestors chose to settle there, as well as provide aid to interpenetrating the ancient murals of Egypt. Their creation story also explains the Zodiac Ceiling of Dendera, Stonehenge, the pyramid complex, earth’s cycles and how the earth’s moon was placed in its perfect orbit to protect us.

In the early ’70s, Thomas O. Mills had just turned 21 and was forced to quit his job to move to the Hopi Cultural Center to help his mother manage the new center.  Now, 50 years later, he has been reflecting on the knowledge his Hopi friends entrusted to him and believes the Hopi Creation Story can be proven and understands why it is so important for mankind today.   

Thomas MillsIn his first book,  The Book of Truth, A New Perspective On The Hopi Creation StoryThomas O. Mills traces the Hopi story back to Egypt and sheds new light on the murals, temples, and pyramids from that point of view—a view that rings true today.  If correct, his theory pinpoints the location of many new underground chambers and the tomb of Spider-women, the Hall of Records.  

In his second book,  Stonehenge, If This Was EastMills uses his knowledge of the Hopi Ceremonial Cycles to find ‘ancient east’ at a number of unexplained ancient sites around the world.  He then uses this knowledge to find north and compares north to Charles Hapgood’s four North Pole locations in the past 100,000 years with amazing results—thus dating the sites and proving the Hopi Creation Story.  

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Heroes & Warriors: Where Psychology Meets Mythology
Saturday December 7, 2019 2:00pm EST
by Micki Pistorius
Ancient Origins Premium Webinar

A man with a quest is a man on a mission and woe to anyone who interferes!

Dr. Micki Pistorius, psychologist and editor of our Premium Ancient-Origins site, fuses her two professions, archaeology and psychology in this webinar.  In the epic Iliad of Homer, Odysseus was considered the wisest of the Achaean Warriors-Kings. Odysseus is an old friend of Micki’s and he agreed to co-present and enlist the help of Greek mythological heroes to enlighten us on the complexities of men’s perspectives on relationships.

Leonidas, King of Sparta and the Hero of the Battle of Thermopylae against the Persian forces, is the epitome of testosterone, the fuel of a man. Meet the fierce, fearless Warrior in full battle mode. However, like Icarus who exhibited hubris and flew too close to the sun, when captains of industry and high-flying businessmen have too much testosterone, they crash and burn—spectacularly.

There is a dangerous duet between the Rescuer and the Damsel in Distress. Theseus and Ariadne embody the successful partnership between a man and an autonomous woman, based on respect; Hercules rescues Hesione from the sea monster but abandons the helpless maiden, whilst Perseus falls into the trap of Rescuer when he succumbs to Andromeda, the typical Damsel in Distress. Micki explores the neuro-psycho-dynamics of the Rescuer-Damsel relationship by examining various neurotransmitters and brain structures at play.

A Man with a Quest is a Man on a Mission and woe to a woman who interferes. Achilles followed his destiny and chose eternal fame as the archetypical Warrior in history, over a family life. Prince Paris of Troy was presented three choices by three Goddesses.  By forsaking his quest for the love of a woman, he sold out and destroyed a dynasty. Aeneas, the Hero who escaped the sacking of Troy fled to Carthage and had a dalliance with Queen Dido, but she tried to waylay him in his quest to found Rome, with disastrous consequences. Pay heed to Odysseus’ comments on ‘Happily Ever After”.

Lastly, we learn from wise Odysseus about the Seasoned Warrior and his Ageless Goddess, who weathered the storm and no longer seek young love like Apollo’s dolphins frolicking in the waves, but who have found a deeper love, like the undercurrent of Poseidon’s oceans.

Micki PirstoriusDr. Micki Pistorius is a South African psychologist, author, and journalist who resides in Mauritius. After completing her BA degree, she worked as a journalist in printed and television media for eight years, when she was elected in the University of Pretoria’s psychology program. She completed her doctorate’s degree in psychology and was immediately appointed as psychological profiler in the South African Police Service, specializing in profiling serial killers. After resigning from the SAPS, she returned to journalism and worked for a television production company, writing scripts, and producing documentaries for a few years. Then she opened her private practice as psychologist. She continued training and presenting lectures on international podia. Micki never gave up on her calling as a writer and authored seven books, and her autobiography, 'Catch me a Killer' became a best seller. By 2010 her passion for ancient antiquity inspired her to complete an Honors degree in Biblical Archaeology.

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The Formidable Grace O'Malley: Fierce Pirate or Irish Freedom Fighter?
Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm EST
by Joanna Gillan
Ancient Origins Webinars

A thieving pirate – or a freedom fighter? Why not both?

Grace O'Malley was chieftain of Ireland’s O’Malley clan, the Queen of the Kingdom of Umaill, a seafarer, a pirate, and a fearless leader who challenged the turbulent politics of 16th century England and Ireland. Irish legends have immortalized Grace as a courageous woman who overcame boundaries of gender imbalance and bias to fight for the independence of Ireland and protect it against the English crown. But to the English, she was considered a thieving pirate who controlled the coastlines through intimidation and plunder. So, who was she really?

In this webinar, we trace back the 70 dramatic years of Grace’s life from her rise to power to her daring charisma that made her leader of an army of 200 men, her life as a feared and respected pirate, her capture and fall to poverty, her bold meeting with Queen Elizabeth I, and her surprising ultimate fate.  We piece together the story of a woman who has become one of the most important figures of Irish folklore, a hero of legendary status.

But behind the legends and the tales, this webinar aims to reveal the real Grace O’Malley, not only a notorious pirate, but an intrepid mariner, a political tactician, a wife, lover, mother, grandmother, and matriarch—and a powerful leader who played a unique role in history.

Joanna GillanJoanna Gillan co-founded Ancient Origins with her husband Dr. Ioannis Syrigos and has enjoyed writing and editing for the website since its inception six years ago. She is also Chief Editor of Ancient Origins Magazine. Together, she and Ioannis have immersed themselves in their personal passion for ancient history, mythology, and human origins.  She loves learning about and experiencing other cultures and has spent time living in Australia, UK, Greece, Ecuador, and Ireland, and traveling to hundreds of historic sites around the world.

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching children with autism, owning and operating an online English teaching business, working as a research and project officer for the British Royal Family, as well as co-owning a website design and development company. Joanna has written over 1,000 articles for Ancient Origins, some of which have been mentioned in the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, The Guardian, The Times, Spiegel, and The Daily Mail. She regularly appears on radio and TV programs to discuss historical subjects.

Robin Maxwell

Robin Maxwell is a historian, screenwriter, podcaster, internationally acclaimed and Los Angeles Times bestselling author of nine novels. Her debut - The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn - is now in its 25th printing. While JANE: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan and O, Juliet were Maxwell’s original takes on famous literary characters, she focused mainly on traditional, research-driven historical fiction of Tudor England and the Italian Renaissance. 

The fourth book in her “Elizabethan Quartet” - The Wild Irish: A Novel of Elizabeth I and the Pirate O’Malley - features, in Maxwell's opinion, the greatest female hero of all time - Grace O’Malley. A woman of strength, intellect and political prowess, Grace captained the largest fleet in Ireland and was beloved by her people as the “Nurse and Mother of all the rebellions in Ireland.” She was the hated rival of Queen Elizabeth, and a thorn in England’s side for more than 30 years. Maxwell has partnered with Australian producer Monica O’Brien, Ambience Entertainment, and Kew Media for a TV series based on The Wild Irish, soon heading into production.

Visit Robin at her website, or on her Facebook pages @AuthorRobinMaxwell and @AnAlienInHollywood.

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