Who we are

MEET THE TEAM

Dr John Syrigos – Co-Founder and Researcher

Dr John Syrigos

Dr John (Ioannis) Syrigos is a co-owner and co-founder of Ancient Origins.

John is a computer & electrical engineer with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, a lecturer, explorer and researcher.

He has a personal passion for Ancient History, Mythology, Anthropology and Astronomy and in his spare time he investigates these subjects in depth. John currently undertakes expeditions and research in remote areas of Ecuador, where he is currently based, but also throughout South America.

He has recently been involved in explorations of the Tayos Cave system in Ecuador, a legendary vast natural underground network of caves spanning many kilometers, very little of which has been officially explored, as well as La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City) in Colombia, and is particularly interested in the history and mythology of ancient sites as relayed by the local indigenous people of these regions.

April Holloway – Co-Founder and Chief Editor

April Holloway

April Holloway is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. She has also contributed as a guest writer for other media organizations, including The Epoch Times and iSpectrum Magazine.

April completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching children with autism in an early intervention program, owning and operating an online English teaching business, working as a research and project officer for a royal family, and co-owning a website design and development company. 

Liz Leafloor – Editor and Membership Co-Ordinator

Liz Leafloor

Liz Leafloor is Editor, Writer, and Membership Coordinator for Ancient-Origins.

A blogger and designer based in Canada, Liz has worked in online media for years. She covers
exciting and interesting topics for Ancient Origins, enjoying mysterious subjects like ancient myth, history, technology, spiritualism, archaeological discoveries, life and death, and the unexplained.  She is also a contributing writer for news media organization Epoch Times.

When not delving into arcane history, Liz does game art design for a small indie games development team.

Alicia McDermott – Editor, Writer and Researcher

Alicia McDermott

Alicia McDermott is one of the researchers, editors, and writers 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.

Christian Aguilar – SEO | Social Media & IT

Christian Aguilar

Christian Aguilar provides IT Support for the Ancient Origins team. It has been his dream to work for an organization with interesting and valuable goals in a web administration role, which led him to study systems engineering at the Catholic University of Cuenca. Christian enjoys every aspect of his job and at the same time is developing new knowledge toward his career.

Gary Manners – Editor and Content Coordinator

Gary is an editor and content manager for Ancient Origins. He has a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of York and a Diploma in Marketing from CIM. He has worked in education, the educational sector, social work and personal development. Gary has an interest in societies and social order, people’s values and social structures and generally how societies work. He has experienced life in several types of social order, from Liberal Western Democracy (mainly), to Socialist, Communist and even a Buddhist life style in China. Each has its merits and charm. His first taste of a different style of living was on an Israeli Kibbutz when he was just 17. He has lived in 4 countries and visited more than 30, always trying to gain insights into society, people how life was in the past. With this work he gets access to these insights every day.

Umesh Kumar Jangid – Lead Developer 

Umesh Jangir is a Full stack Lead Developer at heart and love working with PHP related technologies. He is passionate about Drupal, Magento and WordPress and advocate using open source technologies. More than 9+ years of experience. Umesh Jangir completed his Masters degree in INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.

MEET OUR WRITERS

Ancient Origins has had more than 80 contributing writers, dozens of whom continue to contribute to the website with articles covering a wide range of fascinating subject-areas.  However, we’d like to introduce you to three regular members of our writing team.

Theodoros Karasavvas

Theodoros Karasavvas, J.D.-M.A. has a cum laude degree in Law from the University of Athens, a Master’s Degree in Legal History from the University of Pisa, and a First Certificate in English from Cambridge University. When called upon to do so, he can explain in Greek, French, Italian, and English. Sleep-deprived and addicted to hot chocolate, he has a passion for writing and reading about different historical periods, focusing mostly on ancient Greek History, the Byzantine Empire, European History and 20th century history. His work has been published to various online media such as Ozy, Gizmodo, Today I Found Out and History and Headlines. 

Wu Mingren (‘Dhwty’)

Wu Mingren (‘Dhwty’)

Wu Mingren has a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History and Archaeology. Although his primary interest is in the ancient civilizations of the Near East, he is also interested in other geographical regions, as well as other time periods. He has been an active participant in archaeological fieldwork, and has been on excavations around the world, including the UK, Egypt and Italy. 

MEET OUR EXPERTS

Ancient Origins has more than 50 guest authors, who are researchers, experts, and published authors from a variety of different fields that have generously given their time to share their knowledge and experience with Ancient Origins’ readers.

Here is just a small selection of the authors who contribute their expert opinions to Ancient Origins. You can view the full list here.

Dr Rita Louise Dr Theodoros Spyropoulos Liana Souvaltzi
Dr Rita Louise, Founder of the Institute of Applied Energetics & Naturopathic Physician Dr Theodoros Spyropoulos, Archaeologist, Official of Central Archaeological Council of Greece Liana Souvaltzi, Archaeologist, Greece
Graham Hancock Charles Christian Dr Ken Jeremiah
Graham Hancock, is an author and researcher
 

Charles Christian is a professional writer, editor, award-winning journalist and former Reuters correspondent.

Dr Ken Jeremiah, is an author and researcher
Dr Sam Osmanagich Professor Giovanni Pastore Dr. Sachin Kumar Tiwary

Dr Sam Osmanagich, Anthropology Professor

Professor Giovanni Pastore, Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Sachin Kumar Tiwary, Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India

Andrew Collins Dr Nickos Poulianos Dr Massimo Bonasorte

Andrew Collins, Author, Investigator

Dr Nickos Poulianos, Palaeoanthropologist, Greece

Dr Massimo Bonasorte, Investigative journalist

Chet Van Duzer Walter Cruttenden Gary A. David

Chet Van Duzer, Historical Geographer

Walter Cruttenden, Director of the Binary Research Institute and Documentary Producer

Gary A. David, Author and Archaeo-astronomer

Ralph Ellis Hugh Newman Brien Foerster

Ralph Ellis, Historian of Biblical and Egyptian History

Hugh Newman, Author, Researcher

Brien Foerster, Author and Expert in South American Cultures

Top New Stories

Concept art of Queen Anne’s Revenge, based on the Pirates of the Caribbean prop for ‘The Black Pearl’
History records Blackbeard as one of the most notorious pirates; but his early years weren’t as infamous or inglorious. Edward Teach, the man who would later become the pirate known as Blackbeard, had a relatively normal childhood. His criminal lifestyle that brought him fame later in life wasn’t fueled by exposure to a sketchy upbringing.

Myths & Legends

A vase-scene from about 410 BC. Nimrod/Herakles, wearing his fearsome lion skin headdress, spins Noah/Nereus around and looks him straight in the eye. Noah gets the message and grimaces, grasping his scepter, a symbol of his rule - soon to be displaced in the post-Flood world by Nimrod/Herakles, whose visage reveals a stern smirk.
The Book of Genesis describes human history. Ancient Greek religious art depicts human history. While their viewpoints are opposite, the recounted events and characters match each other in convincing detail. This brief article focuses on how Greek religious art portrayed Noah, and how it portrayed Nimrod in his successful rebellion against Noah’s authority.

Human Origins

Cro-Magnon man communicating with each other and producing cave drawings
How human language began has been a question pestering researchers for centuries. One of the biggest issues with this topic is that empirical evidence is still lacking despite our great advances in...

Ancient Technology

The School of Athens
Much of modern science was known in ancient times. Robots and computers were a reality long before the 1940´s. The early Bronze Age inhabitants of the Levant used computers in stone, the Greeks in the 2nd century BC invented an analogue computer known as the Antikythera mechanism. An ancient Hindu book gives detailed instructions for the construction of an aircraft –ages before the Wright brothers. Where did such knowledge come from?

Ancient Places

Artist’s representation of the sealed door of Vault B at Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
Ropes of gold several meters long, Napoleonic coins, Venetian jewelry, diamond belts, emeralds the size of ostrich eggs, and barrels of golden rice…these are just some of the treasures said to have been hidden within Padmanabhaswamy Temple. But insufferable dangers may also be lurking for those who dare to open the temple’s mysterious sealed door. Would you take the risk?

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)