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Laird Scranton

Laird Scranton is the author of a series of books and other writings on ancient cosmology and language. These include articles published in the University of Chicago’s  Anthropology News  academic journal, Temple University’s  Encyclopedia of African Religion  and the Encyclopedia Britainnica . He is featured in John Anthony West’s  Magical Egypt  documentary series and in Carmen Boulter’s documentary  The Pyramid Code

He is a frequent guest on a wide range of radio and podcast interview shows including  Red Ice Radio in Europe, Art Bell’s  Desert at Midnight , and  Coast-to-Coast Radio  with George Noory.  

He is also a frequent presenter at conferences whose focus is on ancient knowledge.  These include Walter Cruttenden’s  Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge  (CPAK),  the A.R.E.’s  Ancient Mysteries Conference ,  Scotty Roberts and John Ward’s  Paradigm Symposium , the  Fringe New Jersey  Conference, and James Swager's  Megalithic Odyssey Symposium , in Marlborough, England.  

His books include:

The Science of the Dogon (2006)  (Republished edition of  Hidden Meanings (2003))

Sacred Symbols of the Dogon (2007)

The Cosmological Origins of Myth and Symbol (2010)

The Velikovsky Heresies (2012)

China's Cosmological Prehistory (2014)

Point of Origin(2015)

The Mystery of Skara Brae (2016)

Decoding Maori Cosmology (due May 2018)

His work is also featured in two books called  Forbidden Science (2008)  and Lost Secrets of the Gods (2014).  He helped co-author Ed Nightingale’s book  The Giza Template (2014) .

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Myths & Legends

Edgar Cayce (Credit: Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment, Author provided)
For nearly 30 years I have returned to the famous “Sleeping Prophet” Edgar Cayce’s readings as a road map to try and piece together the complex origins of civilization and the creation of Homo sapiens. Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945) was an American Christian mystic born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky who answered questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis, and future events while in a trance state.

Human Origins

Edgar Cayce (Credit: Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment, Author provided)
For nearly 30 years I have returned to the famous “Sleeping Prophet” Edgar Cayce’s readings as a road map to try and piece together the complex origins of civilization and the creation of Homo sapiens. Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945) was an American Christian mystic born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky who answered questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis, and future events while in a trance state.

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

Healing Temple of Aesculapius (Asklepios) by Robert Thom
In the ancient world, many cultures built elaborate temple complexes dedicated to their healer gods - Imhotep in Egypt and Asklepios in Greece for example. These gods were recognized as having the power to cure supplicants from a variety of ailments within sleep and sacred dreams. Those who desired healing might travel many hundreds of miles to reach such a temple

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)