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- Overall, we rate Ancient Origins a moderate conspiracy and pseudoscience source based on the promotion of ancient aliens. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting as they also publish credible pro-science information.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Ireland 13/180
Founded in 2011, Ancient Origins is a website that reports on the ancient history of the earth and the human species. According to their mission “The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research, and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe. We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.”
Ancient Origins publishes a quarterly magazine as well.
The website does not list an editor and articles display the author, however, biographical information is not provided. In general, there is a lack of transparency.
Funded by / Ownership
Ancient Origins does not openly disclose ownership on the website, however, it appears to be copyrighted to Stella Novus. According to their about page “Stella Novus was established in Ireland in 2016, to create, deliver and promote quality content. The company’s first project was Ancient Origins, a news and educational website specializing in archaeology, ancient history, human origins, and mythologies from all over the world.” Revenue is generated through advertising, membership fees, and magazine subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Ancient Origins publishes news and information regarding the ancient history and human origins. Although many articles on this website are factual and pro-science there are some that fall under the pseudoarchaeology and pseudohistory tag. It should be noted that the website disclaims they publish alternative viewpoints. This story, for example, is properly sourced and true Lost temple of the Pharaoh Ptolemy IV found in Egypt. While this story promotes ancient aliens speculation: Did Ancient Aliens Impart Advanced Astronomical Knowledge to the Dogon Tribe?. In this story they report on current alien visitations Ex US Military Veteran claims to have worked with aliens. This story originates from the website openminds.tv. In general, Ancient Origins does what it states in its mission. It publishes credible verifiable information alongside unproven alternative pseudoscience.
Overall, we rate Ancient Origins a moderate conspiracy and pseudoscience source based on the promotion of ancient aliens. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting as they also publish credible pro-science information. (D. Van Zandt 5/12/2017) Updated (10/4/2019)