St Anna's Fresco


Welcome to my site! I’m a travelling archaeologist and historian of art, always on the track of legends and artifacts. The more I study, the more I realize that ancient history as we have been thought in academic books is full of missing parts. While travelling and studying I take a closer look at monuments, artifacts and discoveries that have been tagged as the so-called Forbidden Archaeology by independent scholars. My journey is like Alice’s looking through the glass, at a strange parallel world of ancient civilizations:

‘I can’t believe that!’, said Alice.

‘Can’t you?’, the Queen said in a pitying tone. ‘Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes’.

Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying’, she said: ‘one can’t believe impossible things’.

‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice’, said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast’.

– Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass.

The gesture of Saint Anne of Nubia, with her index finger touching her lips, in my opinion perfectly reflects the very idea of mystery we experience throughout archaeology, art and religious rituals. Although Saint Anne’s attitude asks for silence and keeping the secret untold, her smiling large eyes are full of hope and promise for enlightenment. Of course, in the case of the Nubian painting from the eight century, it may actually be intended to be solely understood in a spiritual dimension of Christian life. Nevertheless, the image provides solid grounds for reflection on our existence in the face of the lost wisdom of the past, and verification of our spiritual life against it. It is the reason why I have chosen the portrayal of Saint Anne to guide us throughout numerous stories being told on this website. For myself, Saint Anne has become an inspiration for taking a challenge to involve deeper in quest for knowledge, recognition and awareness of unknown aspects of mankind history. In order to acknowledge the truth we need to become a part of it, not exclusively by reading about it, but also by physically approaching it. Only then we will be able to build our own perception of the mystery’s tangible entity, and self-introspection, while approaching and facing it.

Joanna Pyrgies