I’ve always had a huge fascination with ancient history. In high school, I studied math and science, but the history teacher still invited me on their museum visits and excursions. I’ve visited Egypt twice, and visited every temple and tomb I could get to on my visit to Greece and Turkey.
So, it has been an absolute pleasure in my action-adventure series, Treasure Hunter Security, to mix in a whole lot of historical facts and myths along with my fiction. To mix ancient legends with modern adventure and romance.
I’ve promised quite a few readers to do some posts on the real-life locations and real history behind each of the THS books. I have put in some links if you’d like to read more, and have used many Wikipedia links as I often find it a good place to start.
Today, we’ll look at the history in Undiscovered and Uncharted. So sit back and relax, I promise some interesting history and pics!
Some pictures of locations featured in Undiscovered:
More info: http://www.badawiya.com/wdakhla.htm
The Lost Oasis of Zerzura
The treasure hunt in Undiscovered is all focused around the real legend of the Lost Oasis of Zerzura. Long rumored to be somewhere in the Western Desert of Egypt, the oasis has been referenced in many ancient writings, and spawned many real-life hunts.
Hungarian explorer Almasy searched for Zerzura in the Libyan Desert, and was the protagonist in the novel and movie, The English Patient.
The Cave of Swimmers and the Cave of Beasts
Caves containing ancient Neolithic rock art in the Gilf Kebir plateau of the Libyan Desert.
Seth and Nephthys
Seth or Set is the god of the desert, storms, disorder, violence and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion. He is known as an usurper who murdered his brother Osiris to steal the throne. But Seth wasn’t always considered evil and was demonized over the centuries. Seth’s wife was the goddess Nephthys.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set_(deity)
A dog or jackal-like animal that was the symbol of the Egyptian god Seth. It does not resemble any modern animal and is considered a myth. Some speculate it to be a stylized representation of an aardvark, a donkey, a jackal, a fennec fox, or even a giraffe.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set_animal
Libyan desert glass
Libyan desert glass is a yellow-green substance found strewn over a section of the Sahara Desert, around the border between Libya and Egypt. No one actually knows how the glass was formed but many attribute it to the impact of a meteorite.
Ancient Egyptians knew about the glass and a large sample of Libyan desert glass can be seen in Tutankhamun’s jewelry.
Some pictures of locations featured in Uncharted:
Angkor Wat is a huge temple complex in Cambodia, built by the Khmer king Suryavarman II, it was once the capital of the Khmer Empire. Built in the 12th century, it is visited by many tourists every year and admired for its amazing architecture and bas-reliefs.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angkor_Wat
Lidar (light detection and ranging) is a scanning technique for making high-resolution maps. The entire story for Uncharted was inspired by real-life lidar scanning carried out by archeologists around Angkor, Mahendraparvata and Phnom Kulen.
Linga and River of a Thousand Lingas
A linga is a column or egg-shaped representation of the god, Shiva and his energy and potential. There is some debate as to whether the linga is a phallic symbol. In Uncharted, it is purely my imagination that suggested the cintamani stone was a linga.
The River of a Thousand Lingas is a site on Phnom Kulen where hundreds or thousands of lingas have been carved into the river bed and banks.
Srah Damrei (Elephant Pond)
Meeting place for the team on Phnom Kulen.
Nagas are serpent deities in Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NC481ga
A sacred stone in Hindu and Buddhist mythology said to grant wishes. Said to be connected with the gods and often depicted in the possession of the Naga king.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cintamani
Stay tuned for another post on the history of Unexplored and Unfathomed!