For years scholars have speculated about the seeming lack of evidence of an early civilization in the vast area between the Harappans in Pakistan and the Shang of China. In particular, China seemed to have appeared in isolation. Evidence (discovered in April 2014) of monumental buildings, elite / royal tombs, advanced mathematics, astronomy, and complex writing indicate that Gansang (on the Youjiang River in Pingguo County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China) was a center of a highly developed early river valley civilization.More Details
IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE: In the late 19th century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides (Ghost Soldiers; Blood & Thunder) charts the grand and terrible polar voyage of the U.S.S. Jeanette during the Gilded Age.More Details
THE ELUSIVE NILE - EXPLORERS AND THE CHANGING MAP OF AFRICA - With close-up viewing of printed maps of the 16th to 19th century, the slide lecture provides a graphic overview of the changing depictions of the Nile and it’s sources, reflecting the various theories that existed starting with the ancient Greeks. Examples of each different representation are shown. Emphasized is the period of 19th century exploration as the findings of each explorer was reflected on the changing map of Africa until the cartographic delineation of the Nile’s origins reflected reality. Also highlighted is the beauty and charm of early artistic cartography.More Details
Alison Nicholls is an Artist inspired by conservation in Africa. Her links with the African People & Wildlife Fund (Tanzania) and Painted Dog Conservation (Zimbabwe) allow her to visit the projects, sketch on site and see their work first-hand. On return to the studio, Alison bases her paintings on conservation issues she has encountered in the field - using her sketches, journals and mental library of images as her reference.More Details
This past April, International documentary photographer Daryl Hawk embarked on a long 3200 mile journey across the kingdom of Ladakh in northern India and the region of Kashmir. Ladakh is a remote and rugged land that separates the peaks of the western Himalaya range from the vast Tibetan plateau. It is one of the highest and driest regions in all of the world and cut off by snow for six months of the year. Mr. Hawk was there to shoot a documentary for both magazines and television and will share his nonstop, day to day adventures, experiences, discoveries, and valuable lessons he learned on this incredibly spiritual journey through this last Shangri-la.More Details
Join us at Club headquarters in New York for a special all-day Space Stories program focusing on the history of human spaceflight. This year's venue will feature astronauts and engineers from a number of different manned missions using the Cold War as a backdrop. Among confirmed story-tellers so far are Gen. Charles Duke FN'92, Apollo 16 moonwalker; Richard Garriott MN'98 and Greg Olsen MN'07, both of whom flew aboard Soyuz to ISS; four-time Shuttle/Soyuz veteran Leroy Chiao FN'05; Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 Lunar Module pilot; Cady Coleman, who performed a live flute duet with Ian Anderson aboard ISS; Brian Binnie MED'06, who piloted SpaceShipOne to win the Ansari X Prize in 2004; and NASA Senior Photographer Bill Ingalls.More Details
Life in the ancient Roman world could be risky business. People in antiquity were no less concerned about the prevention and cure of maladies than they are now. In her presentation, Yeomans examines a recently excavated, as-yet unpublished archaeological site that has substantially contributed to our understanding of what ancient Romans did to combat disease and injury, as well as archaeological evidence for how they responded to one of the most horrifying epidemics the ancient world had ever seen: The Antonine Plague of the 2nd Century AD.More Details
1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed - In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Eric Cline tells the story of the collapse of the Late Bronze Age ca. 1177 BC, considering everything from climate issues and civil unrest to invasion by the so-called Sea Peoples and the cutting of major trade routes. He also describes what exactly it was that collapsed, since from about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex international world in which Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Cypriots, and Canaanites all interacted, creating a cosmopolitan and globalized world-system such as has only rarely been seen before the current day.More Details
The Ship That Held Up Wall Street — An underwater archaeologist exploring beneath the pavement of Manhattan? In 1982 more than 11,000 New Yorkers viewed a ship being excavated by archaeologists at 175 Water Street, then it was gone. Dr. Warren Riess co-directed the excavation of a colonial merchant ship and has researched and analyzed it over the past thirty-five years. In his illustrated lecture Riess will discuss the problematic excavation and the results of decades of research and analysis that led him to identify the ship and discover its history in the developing eighteenth-century Atlantic World.More Details
This presentation takes us into the wild western Amazon, the Madre de Dios (or Mother of God). The sacred headwaters of the Amazon Basin are the most ecologically significant place on our planet. For the last eight years Paul Rosolie has studied and explored this region of ancient forest amidst gold miners, drug runners, loggers, uncontacted tribes, and more biological diversity than anywhere else. An author, and award winning documentary filmmaker, Rosolie’s mission is to tell the story of this wild corner of the earth before it vanishes.More Details
Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition and the Shadow of the Great War: With the race to the South Pole won by Norway, renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set his sights on another prize, the first crossing of the Antarctic continent. This dream was dashed when the Endurance was crushed by ice and Shackleton and his 27 men found themselves castaways in the most remote place on earth. Shackleton’s quest for glory became a fight merely to survive. Caroline Alexander is the author of seven books of non-fiction including the international best-sellers The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition and The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty, now under development for a TV mini-series.More Details
Call to all Full Members and Fellows!
$100,000 for Expeditions
We are proud to present The Foundation Mamont - Explorers Club World Exploration Challenge made possible through the generous support of The Foundation Mamont (Founder, Explorers Club Fellow Dr. Frederik Paulsen). All Explorers Club Members and Fellows in good standing are invited to apply for up to $100,000 toward a flag-worthy expedition in 2014-2015.
Click here to download the application, and read below to learn more about the requirements and conditions for applying.
Dr. Paulsen is a dedicated and supportive Club Fellow and Honorary Director. For an exciting account of his expedition history, you can click here to read a profile from Forbes Magazine.
This Explorers Club flag expedition is headed by Club Fellow Richard Lundgren along with Leigh Bishop and includes two other Club Fellows - Jarrod Jablonski and Tomasz Stachura. The team has discovered a remarkably well preserved warship: the Mars, once the pride of the Swedish navy. On May 31st, 1564, the Mars was defeated “while engaged with a Danish force allied with soldiers from a German city called Lübeck.” The divers also had to contend with historical rumors of a cursed treasure - hearsay that originated from the belief its 130 cannons were made from melted church bells. You can read more in Jane J. Lee’s Cursed Warship Revealed With Treasure Onboard on NationalGeographic.com.
Tune in tonight at 10pm ET for National Geographic Channel’s Die Trying. The show follows Explorers Club Fellow George Kourounis’ attempt to become the first person to ever set foot at the bottom of the Turkmenistan crater with the goal of collecting soil samples for DNA analysis in search of extremophile life forms.
Click Here to learn more about the program.
Can a man’s life be changed by a place without ever stepping foot on its ground? On June 4th, 2014, two days before the 70th anniversary of the World War II allied landing operations at Normandy, the largest seaborne invasion in history, Professor Walter Munk is about to visit the site that changed his life, a place it took him 70 years to finally visit.