The projects and works that we publish through Arcane Landscape would not be possible without the generous support and expertise of a whole host of highly respected writers, researchers and champions of the hidden landscape. We extend our thanks and gratitude for their invaluable input and we hope that you enjoy their work as much as we do.
Andrew Collins is a science and history writer, who has been investigating the origins of human civilization for over three decades. He is a noted explorer and the co-discoverer of a massive cave complex beneath the Giza plateau, now known as “Collins’ Caves.” He is the author of several bestselling books including The Black Alchemist, The Seventh Sword, From the Ashes of Angels, Gods of Eden, Gateway to Atlantis, Tutankhuman: The Exodus Conspiracy, co-authored with Chris Ogilvie Herald, The Cygnus Mystery, Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods, The Cygnus Key: The Denisovan Legacy, Göbekli Tepe and the Birth of Egypt and Denisovan Origins: Hybrid Humans, Göbekli Tepe and the Genesis of the Giants of Ancient America, co-authored with Greg L. Little.
Andrew’s books challenge the way we perceive the past and feature such subjects as ancient astronomy, archaeoastronomy and the origins of civilization. A central theme of Collins’s books is that the Watchers and Nephilim of Enochian literature, as well as the biblical “fallen” angels and Anunnaki of Mesopotamian mythology, are memories of a human elite group that helped forge the foundations of civilization in Anatolia and the Near East. He asserts that this same region, particularly eastern Turkey, was the site of the biblical Garden of Eden and terrestrial Paradise.
Read more: www.andrewcollins.com
Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Arizona
Dennis Doxtater is currently researching the positioning of archaeological sites in large-scale contexts of landscape geometry, i.e. “georitual” in the Native American Southwest, on Minoan Crete and in Scandinavia. Before becoming emeritus, he recently taught a specialized design studio using custom software to investigate the symbolic linkage of large-scale landscapes to contemporary architectural settings, e.g. interpretative centres and spiritual settings such as spas, churches, residences, community foci, etc.
Works include: ‘Parallel Universes on the Colorado Plateau’, ‘Yggdrasil as Map: precedents for a large-scale Eliadian cross structure in prehistoric Scandinavia and probabilities of integration with locations of largest mounds’, and ‘Rethinking the Sacred Landscape’.
Coming soon: ‘Chaco’s Place in the Formalized Landscape’ – People who make the thirty-mile dirt road trip to this modest canyon in New Mexico take countless photos of the most monumental prehistoric architecture in the U.S. What visitors miss, however, is the way the canyon wall between the two largest pueblos, called “Curved Rock That Speaks” echoes when spoken to from the center of the plaza like space. Analysis of possible surveyed large-scale alignments and other geometries across the Colorado Plateau, however, suggests that as much as 400 years before the big buildings began to emerge, this natural plaza was one of several regional foci, at Chaco architecturally flanked only by two great kivas at the north and south ends of the canyon. Paradoxically, this immediately impressive architecture and planning is less a religious apex, then a media shift representing the plateau landscape itself – where for centuries spiritual power from prominent natural features flowed to dispersed, socially integrated great kiva sites with very modest, subordinate pueblo room blocks. These formalized landscape frames are not borrowed from myth in the first instance, but evolve from more primary meanings and relationships bound to actual movements in social space at scales of cyclical time. Were full understandings of precedent formal landscapes well interpreted in classrooms, museums and especially the landscape in which we live, then our text and architecture based discursive beliefs about religion might be less fraught with conflict.
Griffmonsters Great Walks
Set yourself free and explore the great British countryside.
There are hundreds of walks on Griff’s site that offer guidance and inspiration to get out there and explore. Although the site focuses predominantly on East Anglia, it also offers walks from other areas of the UK including trails such as the South West Coast Path and the Cleveland Way.
Fully detailed walks offer full and complete information including transport details, pubs on route and maps of the walk. These also provide in-depth research of a specific topic that is featured on the walk. Such features can range from local folklore, local history or just information on key features that are encountered along the route.
We love Griff’s site and he’s really done his leg work in our home county.
Read more: www.griffmonster-walks.blogspot.com
Dr. John Grigsby
Senior Archaeologist, Canterbury Archaeological Trust
John is a lecturer and author in the fields of archaeology and myth. He received his doctorate in 2019 for his investigation into the mysterious henge monuments of Prehistoric Britain, which he demonstrated were aligned on the Milky Way, identified in this period with a long-forgotten goddess of death and rebirth. His work both reconstructs the lost myth of this Neolithic goddess and the probable function of the henges and stone circles.
Read more: www.johngrigsby.weebly.com
David Warner Mathisen
David Warner Mathisen has been exploring the connections between the ancient myths and the stars for over a decade and has authored eight books and dozens of videos documenting the system of celestial metaphor which forms the foundation for the myths, scriptures and sacred stories of cultures around the globe.
This evidence demonstrates the existence of an advanced esoteric system which was already fully mature by the time of the earliest extant texts known to conventional academia (including the texts from the oldest known civilizations such as ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, ancient India and ancient China), and which can also be found operating in the myths of cultures in Africa, Australia, the Americas, and the islands of the Pacific.
David is convinced that this ancient system was intended to convey profound truths which are today more relevant than ever to our lives, even in this very present moment – and that one of the core messages of the ancient myths involves the recovery of the essential or authentic self, from whom we become alienated by what is today referred to as psychological trauma.
David is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and has a masters degree in English literature from Texas A&M University. He has been an instructor in the Department of English and Philosophy at West Point and lives in his home state of California, where he enjoys surfing and watching the stars.
Links to discussions of over eighty different Star Myths, as well as discussions of many other related topics, and details of David’s books can be found on his website.
Read more: www.starmythworld.com
Dr. James Ogier
Professor of German and Linguistics, Roanoke College
James Ogier received his Ph.D. in Germanic Philology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and is now retired from his position as Professor of German and Linguistics at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. He has also studied at the universities of Bonn, Copenhagen, and Iceland. His publications deal principally with aspects of the poetry of Oswald von Wolkenstein and Michel Beheim, but his extensive experience with Scandinavia has also resulted in articles on Scandinavian mythology and a book-length novel translation. Among his teaching interests are historical linguistics, ancient Maya culture and glyphic texts, and the Icelandic Sagas. He lives in Blacksburg, VA.
James is a prolific editor, translator and writer and include works such as ‘Islands and Cities in Medieval Myth, Literature, and History’, ‘Islands and Skylands: An Eddic Geography’ and articles published in ‘Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia’.
He has also presented a diverse range of academic lectures including ‘Two-faced (Diprosonus) Solstice Symbols and the World Tree’, ‘Misinterpretatio Romana et Interpretatio Germanica Astronomica’, ‘Germanic Mythology as Astronomy’ and ‘Eddic Constellations’.
Current research interests include: Ancient and Medieval Germanic and Finno-Ugric Astronomy.
Read more: www.roanoke.academia.edu/JamesOgier