Up  These stairs leading up to the central temple are unleveled, eroded, and in odd states of disarray. Throw in the fact that they are immensely steep and not always wide enough for an entire foot . . .

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

After a disappointing turn around by a military blockade in the disputed border region of Cambodia/Thailand on my way to try and see the ruins of Prasat Preah Vihear, I was aching to see something in the realm of Lost Cities. So, leaving Si Phan Don a day early and returning to Pakse in southern…

International Women's Day  In the days before mankind’s gaze grew vaster and our gods fled to higher and higher peaks until no realms existed beyond our sight but the unseeable, our gods used to embody the aspects of the world around us. . .

Travel Theme: International Women’s Day

In all the clamor these days of the numerous beings known as the ‘One True God’, of ‘His’ omnipotence and ‘His’ perfection, we often lose sight of all those who came before.  In the days before mankind’s gaze grew vaster and our gods fled to higher and higher peaks until no realms existed beyond our…

Weekly Reblog #3: Cinematic vs Real Archaeologists

Cinematic vs Real Archaeologists | Gypsy Gypsy “So a couple of days ago I did a poll asking who your favorite movie archaeologist was. There weren’t that many responses  but needless to say I got a pretty good idea of where the scale was tipping . . . So what exactly does this mean? This means a few things:…

In the grasslands of the western Thailand frontier, no more than 20 kilometers from the Myanmar border, the farthest outpost of a fallen civilization still stands.

Angkor’s Last Outpost – Prasat Muang Sing

In the grasslands of the western Thailand frontier, no more than 20 kilometers from the Myanmar border, the farthest outpost of a fallen civilization still stands.  Its city walls hug the River Kwae and house a shrine to those bodhisattvas, the benevolent enlightened ones who put off their own release from the wheels of eternal…

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Pasts Forgotten in Isan – Ban Chiang, Thailand

“The objects found at Ban Chieng . . . all of them beautifully made, and bear witness to an advanced civilization that has completely vanished.” – David Hatcher Childress It’s amazing how things can just come together and work out sometimes. I was initially planning on renting a motorbike in Udon Thani and taking it…

I had dreamt of seeing these fabled and elaborate ruins for years. Their story truly does have all the elements of one of the great Indiana Jones-explorer era tales.

Phanom Rung and the Great Motorbike Adventure

The Khmer Empire, a Hindu civilization that existed in Cambodia around 800-1200, though recent by archaeological standards, created some of the most spectacular ruins that still exist today. From their center at Angkor Wat, they expanded outward as far north as Isan and as west almost to the Burma border. After their decline, many of…

Humans, the Lonely Gods: An Essay on Our Artificial Oversoul

I slide my phone shut as the track finishes downloading and look around.  Airports.  At times, perhaps even more than cities, they are the symbols of the material center of the modern world.  Here is perhaps the greatest display of the best and the worst of humanity.  Paranoia and tensions mix with impatience as each…

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America’s Stonehenge: Megalithic Ruins, Ancient Sailors . . . and Alpacas

North of Boston, less than an hour away, lays an interesting archaeological site.  The greatest debate about it is whether or not it is authentic.  If it is, it could rewrite many of the accepted notions of pre-Columbian American culture, or pre-Columbian European contact.  And if it isn’t authentic, it means someone spent a lot…

Analysis of various evidences of ancient European miners in Michigan and thoughts on its implications on the greater subject of archaeology.

Michigan’s Ancient Copper Culture: An Essay on Speculative History

Truth and Lies. Facts and frauds. The history of this planet is filled with both objective and subjective accounts of the events that have transpired throughout the millennia. The subjectivity comes from lone sources, perhaps a single person’s record of an event or conclusions drawn from incomplete evidence; whereas objectivity comes from the synthesis of…