Episode Guide - Ancient Mysteries

10/27/15Deconstructing the Tasaday Tribe (Skeptoid #490) - Some say this tribe of "gentle savages", discovered in 1971, was just a hoax. Was it?
Read | Listen (13:12) | Discuss
10/13/15Who Was Charles Fort? (Skeptoid #488) - This enigmatic author of the strange continues to confound.
Read | Listen (12:11) | Discuss
9/1/15Sir Franklin's Cannibals (Skeptoid #482) - The fate of Franklin's Lost Expedition gives a valuable lesson in types of evidence.
Read | Listen (12:13) | Discuss
8/25/15Captain Kidd's Treasure (Skeptoid #481) - Many stories tell of Captain Kidd's buried treasure. But is there any reason to believe it exists?
Read | Listen (12:07) | Discuss
7/21/15The Chess-Playing Mechanical Turk (Skeptoid #476) - An overview of the amazing chess playing robot of the 1700s.
Read | Listen (11:21) | Discuss
7/7/15Solfeggio Frequencies (Skeptoid #474) - Are certain, specific sonic frequencies the key to love, intuition, and spiritual order? Do the sounds we hear have a real physiological effect?
Read | Listen (13:10) | Discuss
2/3/15The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica (Skeptoid #452) - Southwestern Costa Rica is home to over 300 carved stone spheres left behind by the country's previous inhabitants. There are some fantastical claims surrounding their origin and purpose, but what can science tell us about their true nature?
Read | Listen (08:56) | Discuss
1/13/15Ancient Astronauts (Skeptoid #449) - Did aliens visit the ancient Earth and inspire human cultures? Some people claim so.
Read | Listen (13:28) | Discuss
12/16/14Megalodon (Skeptoid #445) - The Discovery Channel put out a 'docufiction' suggesting that the gigantic shark C. megalodon might still be alive in our oceans, but what does science have to say on the matter?
Read | Listen (14:34) | Discuss
12/2/14SS Iron Mountain (Skeptoid #443) - A large riverboat vanished without a trace on the Mississippi River in 1872. Or did it?
Read | Listen (11:01) | Discuss
11/25/14Griffins (Skeptoid #442) - Griffins, considered an absurd mythological beast by us today, were actually humanity's first known attempt to describe an animal based solely on fossils.
Read | Listen (10:34) | Discuss
8/12/14The Legend of the Flying Dutchman (Skeptoid #427) - What is the real source of the ancient nautical legends of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship?
Read | Listen (11:49) | Discuss
2/25/14Out of Place Artifacts (Skeptoid #403) - Some objects found around the world seem to defy rational explanation.
Read | Listen (13:06) | Discuss
2/18/14Listener Feedback: Ancient Mysteries (Skeptoid #402) - I respond to questions and feedback sent in by listeners around the world.
Read | Listen (12:10) | Discuss
11/26/13The Red Haired Giants of Lovelock Cave (Skeptoid #390) - Some say that an early Native American tribe were giant cannibals.
Read | Listen (11:39) | Discuss
3/12/13Pope Joan (Skeptoid #353) - Was a Middle Ages pope actually a woman in disguise?
Read | Listen (12:42) | Discuss
11/27/12The Flat Earth Theory (Skeptoid #338) - Rumor has it some people think the Earth is flat. Do they really? And have they ever really?
Read | Listen (12:41) | Discuss
10/16/12The Phantom Time Hypothesis (Skeptoid #332) - A number of theories claim that several centuries never actually happened, and were faked by the Church.
Read | Listen (13:17) | Discuss
9/11/12Raiding the Ark of the Covenant (Skeptoid #327) - The true history of the most famous holy relic from Biblical times.
Read | Listen (11:53) | Discuss
9/4/12The Mystery of the Vitrified Forts (Skeptoid #326) - About sixty prehistoric stone forts in Scotland have vitrified walls, where the stone was melted into glass. How was it done?
Read | Listen (12:23) | Discuss
8/28/12The Golden Ratio (Skeptoid #325) - For centuries, claims both scientific and pseudoscientific have been made for the golden ratio.
Read | Listen (13:18) | Discuss
8/14/128 Spooky Places, and Why They're Like That (Skeptoid #323) - These strange places around the world rank among the most macabre, but have interesting explanations.
Read | Listen (13:20) | Discuss
4/3/12Catching Jack the Ripper (Skeptoid #304) - A look at what is and isn't known about history's most infamous serial killer.
Read | Listen (12:28) | Discuss
3/13/12The Beale Ciphers (Skeptoid #301) - Treasure hunters comb Virginia search for a legendary hoard of gold and silver.
Read | Listen (12:42) | Discuss
1/31/12Finding Amelia Earhart (Skeptoid #295) - Popular modern reports claim Amelia Earhart made it to an island and survived for a time. Might that be true?
Read | Listen (13:05) | Discuss
12/20/11The Mystery of the Mary Celeste (Skeptoid #289) - The facts, as we know them, about what really happened to maritime lore's most famous missing crew.
Read | Listen (12:05) | Discuss
11/15/11The Fate of Fletcher Christian (Skeptoid #284) - Did the leader of the Bounty mutineers die on Pitcairn Island, or did he eventually make it back to England?
Read | Listen (11:42) | Discuss
10/11/11Noah's Ark: Sea Trials (Skeptoid #279) - Could a wooden vessel like Noah's Ark actually have been made seaworthy?
Read | Listen (12:11) | Discuss
9/20/11The Monster of Glamis (Skeptoid #276) - Did a living beast actually haunt Scotland's Glamis Castle for the better part of a century?
Read | Listen (13:15) | Discuss
8/2/11The Abominable Snowman (Skeptoid #269) - How likely is it that the Yeti of the Himalayas is a real creature?
Read | Listen (12:11) | Discuss
6/21/11Anastasia (Skeptoid #263) - Did the Grand Duchess Anastasia survive her family's 1918 execution, and go on to live in the United States?
Read | Listen (12:25) | Discuss
4/5/11The Voynich Manuscript (Skeptoid #252) - The true history and meaning of history's most famous undeciphered book.
Read | Listen (13:48) | Discuss
2/15/11Finding the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Skeptoid #245) - One of the early attempts of the English to colonize America ended with every person simply disappearing from the Roanoke colony.
Read | Listen (12:17) | Discuss
1/11/11Mystery Spots (Skeptoid #240) - Are the various "mystery spots" around the world actually gravitational anomalies, or might the explanation lie elsewhere?
Read | Listen (12:02) | Discuss
9/14/10The Frog in the Stone (Skeptoid #223) - Stories abound of living frogs being found encased in solid rock. What's really going on here?
Read | Listen (12:49) | Discuss
9/7/10Toil and Trouble: The Curse of Macbeth (Skeptoid #222) - The Curse of Macbeth should make Shakespeare's play too dangerous to perform. Is this the case?
Read | Listen (11:31) | Discuss
8/24/10Yonaguni Monument: The Japanese Atlantis (Skeptoid #220) - A look at a massive stone structure off the coast of Japan, said to be a manmade pyramid.
Read | Listen (11:53) | Discuss
7/6/10Mozart and Salieri (Skeptoid #213) - Was Wolfgang Mozart actually murdered by his rival composer Antonio Salieri?
Read | Listen (13:29) | Discuss
6/8/10The Lost Ship of the Desert (Skeptoid #209) - The facts behind tall tales from the American southwest of ships found in the middle of the desert.
Read | Listen (11:09) | Discuss
4/20/10The Mystery of Pumapunku (Skeptoid #202) - Were the stone structures at Pumapunku truly so advanced that the ancient Tiwanakans could not have made them unassisted?
Read | Listen (12:32) | Discuss
4/13/10The Virgin of Guadalupe (Skeptoid #201) - Is the Virgin of Guadalupe a miraculous apparition, a dismissable religious icon, or does it have more importance?
Read | Listen (14:50) | Discuss
3/30/10Cargo Cults (Skeptoid #199) - We point the skeptical eye at native religious groups in the South Pacific hoping to recreate WWII's influx of material goods.
Read | Listen (12:17) | Discuss
2/2/10Did Jewish Slaves Build the Pyramids? (Skeptoid #191) - It's a popular story, but all the documentary and historical evidence tells us that no Jews were in Egypt at the time of the pyramids.
Read | Listen (12:30) | Discuss
12/15/09The Antikythera Mechanism (Skeptoid #184) - Does this ancient device, 1000 years ahead of its time, prove we were visited by aliens or time travelers?
Read | Listen (12:06) | Discuss
12/8/09The Naga Fireballs (Skeptoid #183) - What is the source of the glowing balls that rise from the Mekong river each October?
Read | Listen (12:38) | Discuss
11/24/09The Baigong Pipes (Skeptoid #181) - Do modern metal pipes buried in ancient Chinese stone prove that aliens must have visited?
Read | Listen (11:16) | Discuss
9/29/09All About Astrology (Skeptoid #173) - Does astrology have any plausible foundations; and does it actually work?
Read | Listen (15:23) | Discuss
8/25/09Decrypting the Mormon Book of Abraham (Skeptoid #168) - Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith allegedly translated the adventures of Abraham in Egypt.
Read | Listen (12:23) | Discuss
4/14/09Coral Castle (Skeptoid #149) - Was one man able to move these huge coral blocks using some unknown technology?
Read | Listen (11:41) | Discuss
3/10/09The Case of the Strange Skulls (Skeptoid #144) - A collection of bizarre human skulls from around the world.
Read | Listen (15:13) | Discuss
2/10/09The Bosnian Pyramids (Skeptoid #140) - Does the world's oldest and largest ancient pyramid stand unnoticed in the open in a tiny village in Bosnia?
Read | Listen (13:25) | Discuss
12/23/08Chasing the Min Min Light (Skeptoid #133) - What is the source of the Australian outback's mysterious channel country jack o' lantern?
Read | Listen (10:45) | Discuss
11/25/08The Oak Island Money Pit (Skeptoid #129) - Is a pirate treasure buried in this mysterious pit in Nova Scotia?
Read | Listen (10:31) | Discuss
7/22/08Illuminating the Fatima "Miracle of the Sun" (Skeptoid #110) - Did three children miraculously predict a dancing sun in Portugal in 1917?
Read | Listen (11:05) | Discuss
7/8/08Mystery at Dyatlov Pass (Skeptoid #108) - A look at one of the most bizarre cases in Russian cross country skiing history.
Read | Listen (10:30) | Discuss
6/24/08King Tut's Curse! (Skeptoid #106) - A look at the tale, the popular explanation, and the real science behind it.
Read | Listen (10:43) | Discuss
4/29/08The Crystal Skull: Mystical, or Modern? (Skeptoid #98) - Is the crystal skull truly an ancient Mayan artifact with mysterious powers?
Read | Listen (8:53) | Discuss
3/25/08Apocalypse 2012 (Skeptoid #93) - The real science behind the events predicted in 2012.
Read | Listen (11:15) | Discuss
9/18/07The Greatest Secret of Nostradamus (Skeptoid #66) - How much of the pop-culture information about Nostradamus is true?
Read | Listen (14:38) | Discuss
5/6/07A Mormon History of the Americas (Skeptoid #43) - Can the history of the American continent as presented in the Book of Mormon be true?
Read | Listen (9:32) | Discuss
1/15/07Living Stones of Death Valley (Skeptoid #21) - An examination of the mysterious stones that move by themselves across the desert floor.
Read | Listen (3:46) | Discuss


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