Welcome to ancient-wisdom.
frontiers of Prehistory'...
The current archaeological 'renaissance' is
unearthing the past at an unprecedented
rate, with whole new chapters of history being revealed
each year. While most discoveries are mundane,
there are some which have something new to tell
us about who we are. They echo in testimony to our ingenuity,
aspiration and our relationship with the
universe within which we find ourselves.
Archaeology has allowed us to
journey into the physical past, but it has also
created a forum for a dialogue within as we
begin to reveal what lies beyond the physical presence of
artefacts and structures. One of the main
objectives of this website therefore, is to seek out and question the wisdom of our
ancestors in relation to the world we live in
today and ask the simple question:
really the best we can do..?'.
of ancient-wisdom have changed
little since the site began in 2005. They are as follows:
A clarification of certain 'modern myths' and 'ancient mysteries'.
Bridging the gap between modern myth and
When I first began ancient-wisdom, i was driven by
my own personal interest in the field of prehistory. In particular, I wanted a clarification
of certain 'modern myths' being
propagated in popular literature. From the outset, it became apparent how little
is still known about the events of prehistory, being a relatively new field in
itself... and one which has already revealed the predominance of an absence
of facts in the record.
The lack of conclusion
over certain ancient artefacts has exposed a division between the literature of
academics who are restricted from free thinking, and the non-academic
enthusiasts who have no restrictions; a situation which has resulted in a
confused public perception of prehistory. It is this very absence of fact that
has produced so many false assumptions in the past, and therefore deserves to be
tackled openly and without prejudice.
Exploring if and how ancient wisdom can be used to benefit us
We live in a world on
the brink of perpetual war, poverty, crime, over-consumption and exploitation of
our natural resources. The call for a 'civilised' world has been met at a
phenomenal cost, and one that we know cannot be sustained indefinitely. Although
the emphasis in popular literature is traditionally concerned with the physical
'abilities' of our ancestors, there are other aspects of the human journey being
revealed which are less commercial but which are arguably more important - such
as the evolution of the mind and the quest for a higher spiritual state.
behind ancient-wisdom ?
The content of
the ancient-wisdom pages is written and edited by
myself, Alex Whitaker (BSc Hons).
During my ten years in Portugal, a country with a rich and
still relatively undiscovered prehistory, my growing passion for things prehistoric finally
spilled over uncontrollably in the shape of this website...
Whilst I have not received
any training in prehistory, I
respect the value
of empirical research and have attempted to maintain a fully referenced academic
standard throughout. At the
same time as recording my own personal journey into the world of prehistory, I have
seen the volume of traffic to the site continue to rise each year -
a pattern which has followed since it began. This unexpected fact has inspired me to continue improving both the look and the depth of content in a more
dedicated and professional manner.
'...I hope you enjoy it as much as I
Alex Whitaker. (April
With invaluable programming assistance from Adrian Evans (aka 'The Flying Beard').