Perspectives: Alternative locations for Troy

The ancient city of Troy is widely accepted to have been located in north-west Turkey, at a place called Hisarlik. This is where the legendary Trojan War between the Achaeans (Greeks) and the Trojans and their allies, as described in Homer’s Iliad, is said to have taken place. The archaeological site – originally excavated by…

imedia: Fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast

What is the Jurassic Coast? The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site that spans from East Devon to Dorset, in southern England. Along its 95 miles of coastline, you can travel through 185 million years of geological history, which has been exposed by coastal erosion to form an almost continuous sequence covering the Triassic,…

In Pictures: “Citadels of Mystery”

Citadels of Mystery is the rather intriguing title of a book by husband and wife team L. Sprague and Catherine C. de Camp. Published back in 1972, it featured their twelve most famous legends, myths and romantic sites of the world.   So who were the De Camps? Lyon Sprague de Camp (1907-2000) was an…

Sarn Helen – the mysterious way through Wales (part 1)

The Ordnance Survey maps of West Wales show a dashed line running from south to north, sometimes on the course of modern roads, sometimes over hills and moorland, sometimes raised on a causeway, sometimes disappearing from view. It is labelled as ‘Sarn Helen’, often with ‘ROMAN ROAD’ in bold lettering beside. But was this route,…

Sarn Helen – the mysterious way through Wales (part 2)

This article continues from Part 1 and explores some other Helen and Elen associations that could help to shed light on the meaning and origins of the ancient trackways known as ‘Sarn Helen’ – that is, if they don’t confuse matters even further! Sarn Helen above the Vale of Neath (Image © Alan Richards) The…