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  • Graham Hancock: Archaeologist Back from the Gates of Death After Mysterious Seizures

    Graham Hancock, maverick archaeologist, investigative journalist, and acclaimed author, has survived his second NDE (near death experience), and it is hoped that Graham will be around to challenge the archaeological status quo for a long time to come.  He provides a vital balance in the archaeological community. For a body of science to continue without a dissenting voice renders the increase of knowledge impossible. How can progress ever be made if new evidence is ignored because of old theories? Archaeology, and indeed academia in general, needs Graham Hancock, though they may not always appreciate his input. Graham, however, after making public his recent brush with death explained in his own words, is more aware than ever of his own mortality.

  • Can Ayahuasca Alleviate Both Depression and Poverty?

    Amazonian hallucinogen Ayahuasaca’s current trendy status among Westerners has created a veritable cottage industry of somewhere between 30 and 100 ayahuasca centers around the steamy tropical town of Iquitos, Peru.  “Iquitos is the Disneyland of Ayahuasca,” Mick Huerta said, who lives among the Shipibo and is writing a book. “The boom is changing both the people who come and the people providing the medicine. There is a valuing of indigenous culture and knowledge on the one hand, and people taking advantage of it on the other.”  Huerta explained that with the average daily wage standing at $3 for a 10-hour day, meaning that local indigenous people are very poor, the chance to make several hundred dollars off an ayahuasca ceremony has a strong pull. “They can feed a family for four months on what they make from one ceremony,” he explained.

  • Egyptian Solar Boat Damaged During Restoration

    A Japanese-Egyptian team has been working painstakingly since 2010 to lift, restore, and reconstruct the wooden solar boat, which was buried around 4,500 years ago as part of Khufu’s burial rites, intended for use in the afterlife.  About 745 out of 1,264 pieces of the boat have been removed so far from the excavation pit. One of the boat’s beams was damaged by a malfunctioning crane.