Welcome to the AncientPlanet, a bi-monthly online journal featuring original research papers on history, archaeology and science. The purpose of this publication is twofold. 

In the first instance, it is intended to provide a platform for both professional academics and students to present their research to the wider public. As such, we welcome contributions from individuals from all walks of life, whether undergraduates, postgraduates, academics, museum staff.. and also from the general public. 

Second to this, but equally as important, it is hoped that this journal will promote a greater understanding of this ancient planet we call home. As someone, somewhere once said: “Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on Earth is to remain a child forever and ever.”  

We at AncientPlanet are dedicated to this axiom… to preserve and foster a greater understanding of our planet’s past, to protect and preserve our planet’s future. 


The AncientPlanet Team 

Ioannis Georgopoulos, holds a BA in Classical Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and a MA in Bronze Age Scripts, from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. His research interests include Aegean archaeology and the writing systems of Bronze Age Crete and Greece.  Ioannis currently resides in Patrai, Greece, where he works as a freelance author and continues his research into the Minoan Linear A script. He also maintains the website The Archaeology News Network and is the principal editor and publisher of the AncientPlanet Online Journal.

Monty Dobson, an American archaeologist historian and filmmaker, holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology from The University of York, England, and is a specialist in early medieval archaeology (Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Celts). He has served as a member of senior management with museums in the US and UK, including the internationally famous Jorvik Viking Centre Museum, and has lectured at universities around the world. Monty is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Drury University.  Dr. Dobson maintains a personal blog called Monty's World, where you can also learn more about his upcoming documentary series titled ‘From the Ground Up!’

Dr. Lisa Swart, a self-confessed history geek, is passionate about history, from the ancient to modern times, and enjoys writing and reviewing historical works. Lisa is an Egyptologist, specializing in the Egyptian religion, the Third Intermediate Period, Egyptian art and iconography, and funerary customs. She has presented papers at various national and international conferences on the ancient world, and has published several scholarly articles and encyclopedia articles. She serves as a peer reviewer for academic journals, books and an online ancient world encyclopedia. She is currently working on several projects on the Third Intermediate Period. Her pet project is a database of Third Intermediate funerary items in museums all over the world.

Aikaterini Kanatselou studied archaeology at the University of Athens where she graduated with full marks. She continued her studies at the University College London receiving a MA in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Her research interests are mainly focused on Aegean prehistory, religion, language and art. She has taken part in several major excavations in Greece, including the Central Building at Zominthos, the Gavdos-Isopata site, the Diogeneion Gymnasiium in Athens and the Shallalat Gardens in Alexandria, Egypt.

Charlotte Booth has a BA and MA from UCL in Egyptian Archaeology, and has worked as a freelance Egyptologist and archaeologst for the past 12 years. She has excavated in the USA and the UK but her main passion is ancient Egypt. In addition to working on a project in Cairo for the SCA, Charlotte has written extensively on Egyptology including magazine articles (Ancient Egypt and Egyptian Heritage) as well as eleven books (including Ancient Egyptians for Dummies, Tutankhamun; the Boy behind the Mask, and Horemheb; the forgotten pharaoh). Charlotte has also been teaching archaeology and Egyptology for 10 years and currently offers a number of online and correspondence courses through her website, Charlotte's Egypt. She is very interested in the experimental aspect of archaeology and tries to incorporate a practical element into her lectures and courses. She is always looking for new challenges and new adventures and will continue to write of her discoveries.

Joshua J. Mark holds advanced degrees in both English and Philosophy and is a part-time teacher of philosophy and writing at Marist College where he is a recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award. A freelance writer with over twenty years experience, Joshua has lived in Greece and Germany, travelled through Egypt and Scotland, and, presently, lives in upstate New York, USA with his family. Among his many published works are `To Memory’ (Edge Piece Magazine), `Civil Serpents' (Open Heart Publishing), `After the Funeral’ (Five Stop Stories), and `When There Were Trees' (Writes For All Magazine). Joshua also contributes articles to several websites, writing on Ancient Philosophy and Ancient History (primarily on Mesopotamia, Greece and Egypt).

Andrea Sinclair has had an extensive career which straddles both the visual and performing arts and that of academia. She has previously worked primarily as an artist and designer for Australian live theatre and film, but has subsequently embraced a career in archaeology with an MA in Classics and Archaeology with the University of Melbourne. Her career as an academic has entailed studying Classical Roman, Greek and ancient Near Eastern subjects, four ancient languages (Latin, Aramaic (Syriac), Akkadian and Ancient Greek) and one modern language (Arabic). Her primary research interests are focussed on interconnections and iconographic issues for the Egyptian, Aegean and Near Eastern Bronze Age, with particular personal interest in vitreous materials and philology.

Jesse Obert, graduated from Boston University with a double major in Archaeology and Classical Civilizations, and is currently attending University College London for a MA in Ancient History. He has worked on the excavation of the Roman villa in San Felice, Italy, as well as the Minoan site of Mochlos in Crete, Greece. Jesse’s real passion, however, is Warfare in Antiquity, on the subject of which he has published a number of articles.

Melanie E. Magdalena currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she is studying Archaeology. A keen observer, Melanie is working on her first saga, The Chronicles of the Forgotten, and runs her own archaeology awareness website, BermudaQuest. She is organized, motivated, and very conscientious about how she presents herself and her coursework. Melanie especially loves writing thought provoking articles about controversial topics in the field of archaeology.

Amy Talbot is a final year Archaeology student at the University of Sheffield, with experience of working with Archaeology Live on the York Hungate Project 2010, and with Hull and Sheffield Universities on the Brodsworth project. Amy is interested in Palaeopathology, Biblical archaeology and Gender Studies and she is currently looking to do further work in these fields. 

Dr Maria Nilsson graduated as a classical archaeologist/ancient historian from Gothenburg University (Sweden) with a thesis on Ptolemaic temple reliefs depicting Queen Arsinoe II, and focuses in general on Graeco-Roman iconography and religion in Egypt. Initiated in 2007 her current research project (in cooperation with Dr. Ward and A. Almasy, M.A.) deals with pseudo script and quarry marks in Gebel el Silsila (Egypt) with comparative material in temple structures, papyri and magical amulets. With Dr. Ward she is the founder of the Sirius Project, which deals with ancient symbolism and its morphology, with particular focus on ancient graffiti along the trade routes. 

Dr. Terrence Twomey graduated from The University of Melbourne with a doctorate in Anthropology in 2011. Terrence’s research interests include the evolution of human language, consciousness and cooperation, and the ecological impacts of large and small scale societies. He is currently affiliated with the School of Social and Political Sciences’ Anthropology program at The University of Melbourne.

Melanie Chalk, an established freelance proofreader, and owner of Spellsure Proofreading Services, based in the Costa del Sol, Spain, has done almost all of the proofreading for the Journal and we are greatly indebted to her.