Ancient Mysteries, Sinister Characters and Disturbing Threats

In 1996 an English freelance television producer named Michael Hartley found himself subjected to Men in Black-type threats after researching the alleged final resting place of none other than the legendary Robin Hood – supposedly near to the Yorkshire, England village of Clifton. It’s a very strange story that you can find at this link by searching the page for “Hartley.” The story was given to Gareth Medway, who has put together an excellent collection of MIB cases, both old and new. Gareth says of the Hartley story: “As helpers [Hartley] recruited two media students from Dewsbury College, and a young woman on the staff of Brighouse Library also offered her assistance. Quite suddenly, all three pulled out. When he questioned the students, both said that ‘someone’ had visited them late at night, and told them to have nothing to do with the Robin Hood film, or it would […] Read More

Footprints in the Sand: A Tale of Two Dinosaurs

Our story begins with two dinosaurs walking together along a beach… This isn’t an excerpt from a scene in the next of the Jurassic Park film series, nor is it the beginning of a joke told at the paleontology club dinner that’s as dry as hard plaster in a fossil mold. This scenario actually describes the latest study depicting dinosaur behavior in ancient times, and may even suggest such things as aspects of the social environment that existed between them. The Christian Science Monitor reported on Monday that two sets of fossilized dinosaur prints discovered recently in northern Germany display where a pair of carnivorous dinosaurs, one much larger than the other, walked together along a beach. A leading theory about the set of prints suggests the smaller tracks, which indicate a quickening pace at various intervals, may have been the offspring of the larger dinosaur, as it trotted to keep along with its […] Read More

Crystal Skulls

The crystal skulls are a number of human skull hardstone carvings made of clear or milky white quartz, known in art history as “rock crystal”, claimed to be pre-Columbian Mesoamerican artifacts by their alleged finders; however, none of the specimens made available for scientific study have been authenticated as pre-Columbian in origin. The results of these studies demonstrated that those examined were manufactured in the mid-19th century or later, almost certainly in Europe during a time when interest in ancient culture was abundant. Despite some claims presented in an assortment of popularizing literature, legends of crystal skulls with mystical powers do not figure in genuine Mesoamerican or other Native American mythologies and spiritual accounts. The skulls are often claimed to exhibit paranormal phenomena by some members of the New Age movement. The type of crystal was determined by examination of chlorite inclusions, and is only to be found in […] Read More

The Myth and Enduring Mystery of the Carnac Stones

Though its name bears resemblance to Upper Egypt’s ancient ceremonial temple, the commune known as Carnac, located in southern Brittany, France, is associated with the mysteries of the ancients for more than just its name. For here, a neolithic mystery also exists, involving ancient standing stones numbering in excess of 3,000. These tall, upright-standing stones at Carnac, or menhirs as they are sometimes called throughout parts of western Europe, are the stuff of local legend. One myth associates them with Saint Cornelius, long held to have been the first Gentile to have converted to Christianity. In this particular folktale, Cornelius was being pursued by a Roman legion, and by invoking the power of Christ, he transformed the soldiers into stone, where they remain today; hence, the perfect straightness of their alignment is explained, according to this version of the story. A similar English variation holds that, rather than Cornelius, it had been none other […] Read More