Who we are
MEET THE TEAM
Dr John Syrigos – Co-Founder and Researcher
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 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 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 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 – IT Support
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.
Leonidas Panopoulos – Internet Services Specialist
Leonidas is responsible for all the hard technical aspects of the website, including programming, development and technical issues. He makes sure the websites work properly, and is responsible for new features, as well as mobile applications development.
Since a young age, Leonidas had an inherent interest in how things work, which is why he chose an Engineering degree. His interests include robotics, mechanics, and artificial intelligence.
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.
Mark has a bachelor of arts in journalism and is a former newspaper and magazine writer and copy editor who's long been interested in anthropology, mythology and ancient history. He has worked as a Copy editor and writer for publications including POLO Players’ Edition, The Palm Beach Post and the Northwestern in Wisconsin, and as a Reporter with the Daytona Beach, Florida, News-Journal and the Green Bay, Wisconsin, News-Chronicle.
Natalia Klimczak is an historian, journalist and writer. She acquired a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in History, and is undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Languages at the University of Gdansk, Poland, and has spent the last 7 years working as a reporter, journalist and writer. She has interviewed world-famous personalities including Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama.
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.
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.
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, 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, 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, Anthropology Professor
Professor Giovanni Pastore, Mechanical Engineer
Dr. Sachin Kumar Tiwary, Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India
Andrew Collins, Author, Investigator
|Dr Nickos Poulianos, Palaeoanthropologist, Greece||
Dr Massimo Bonasorte, Investigative journalist
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, Historian of Biblical and Egyptian History
Hugh Newman, Author, Researcher
Brien Foerster, Author and Expert in South American Cultures