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Dr Micki Pistorius

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Dr Micki Pistorius

Micki Pistorius is a South African psychologist, author and journalist.  As a child, Micki’s natural curiosity was cultivated by both her parents and developed into an insatiable interest in history, art and literature.  Her passion for history, archaeology and human origins manifested at the age of sixteen when she selected these subjects at school.  It has been a lifelong journey of discovery.

After completing her BA degree, she worked as a journalist in printed and television media for 8 years, when she was elected in the University of Pretoria’s psychology programme.  She completed her doctorate’s degree in psychology and was immediately appointed as psychological profiler in the South African Police Service.  She founded and headed the Investigative Psychology Unit of the SAPS for 6 years.  She testified as an expert witness in court.  Besides training more than 300 South African detectives, Micki was invited to train detectives, correctional services staff, lawyers and judges on global platforms.  She featured in many international television, magazine and news bulletins.

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 7 books, and her autobiography, Catch me a Killer became a best seller.  By 2010 her passion for ancient antiquity inspired her to enrol for an Honours degree in Biblical Archaeology.  In her free time she explores archaeological sites all over the world.

Micki has reached a point where she is drastically downsizing her psychology practice and shifting her focus to the flame that has been burning since her childhood: writing about archaeology, history and human origins on a permanent scale. She hopes to complete her Master’s degree in archaeology and may one day retire on an island where she will continue writing.


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Human Origins

Map of sites and postulated migratory pathways associated with modern humans dispersing across Asia during the Late Pleistocene.
Most people are now familiar with the traditional "Out of Africa" model: modern humans evolved in Africa and then dispersed across Asia and reached Australia in a single wave about 60,000 years ago. However, technological advances in DNA analysis and other fossil identification techniques, as well as an emphasis on multidisciplinary research

Ancient Technology

Detail of a star chart dating to the Middle Kingdom.
The calendar is one of mankind’s most important inventions. Calendars allowed societies to organize time for religious, social, economic, and administrative purposes. The calendar, or rather, two sets of calendars, were invented by the ancient Egyptians. One of these was a lunar calendar, which was used mainly for the organization of religious festivals.

Ancient Places

Smuts house
The farmstead of General Jan Smuts on the outskirts of Pretoria, is reputed to be one of the most haunted private homes in the country, according to Mr Mark Rose-Christie, raconteur and social scientist, who regularly takes brave visitors on a tour of haunted sites on his mystery ghost bus.

Our Mission

At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

Ancient Image Galleries

View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)