Monday, May 16, 2011

Lost Cities and Unexplored Lands by Maeve Alpin

The winners of my 05/16/11 Blog Contest are Pomma Wolf and Judy - they both won a pdf eBook of my Steampunk/romance AS TIMELESS AS STONE

Many 19th century world explorers and their discoveries made a tremendous impact

on history. One of my favorite Egyptologist, Jean Fran├žois Champollion, journeyed to Egypt, as one of the four members of the Franco-Tuscan Expedition, in 1827. Of course he is primarily known for deciphering the rosette stone and unlocking the knowledge and history of the ancients Egyptians. Jean Francois Champollion is also the first curator of the Egyptian collection at the Louvre. Another great Egyptologist of the day was the Italian strongman Giovani-Battista Belzoni, beginning in 1817, he used the hydraulic engine he invented to help excavate Egyptian tombs and temples.

Another famed archeologist of the day was the German adventurer, Heinrich Schliemann. Using a copy of Homer’s The Illiad as his guide, he excavated the ancient city of Troy in 1871, searching for Priam’s treasure. He discovered the remains of eleven cities built on top of each other and the relics he found included a cache of gold and silver, including earrings, necklaces, and even diadems that might have been worn by a queen.

Just the words - lost city- conjure up mystery and adventure and there were wonderful finds in the Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian periods. In 1812, the Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt brought international attention to the lost city of Petra, made up of incredible stone structures carved into the actual rock of Mount Hor in Jordan. Shortly after that, in 1818, General Taylor discovered the sacred pillars, palaces, temples, and monasteries of Sanchi in India, dating back to the 3rd century BC, it’s the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence. Then, in 1911, explorer Hiram Bingham revealed the jungle enshrouded lost City of the Incas, an amazing pre-Columbian site, Machu Picchu, built on a mountain ridge, 7,970 feet above sea level.

Regarding unexplored lands, adventurous include David Livingstone, well known for his rescue by his fellow explorer Henry Stanley during an 1865 expedition to Africa in an attempt to find the source of the Nile. Not only was the famed Norwegian polar explorer, Roald Amundsen the first person to reach the South Pole but also the first person to fly over the North Pole and he did so in a dirigible in 1926.
There are so many more explorers than these mentioned, you are sure to find from an adventurer of the Regency, Victorian, or Edwardian age. Adopting characters of world adventures provides unique costuming options. I’ve included photos I snapped of great examples that, speaking of adventure, were taken this year at Aetherfest and the Oklahoma Steampunk Expo.

For more on Jean Fran├žois Champollion and ancient world adventure, please check out my Steampunk/Romance, As Timeless As Stone and visit my website.

I am having a Blogging Contest today. Leave a comment on this post with your email so I can reach you and I'll draw a winner for an eBook of my Steampunk/Erotica/Romance As Timeless As Stone.
Here's the trailer:


  1. I love the costumes. I have just in the past couple of months found Steampunk books. I love the costumes and pictures associated with this. I read somewhere if you like Victorian you will enjoy Steampunk? As Timeless As Stone looks like a very good read.


  2. Thank you so much Judy. I fully agree with your comment - If you like Victorian you will enjoy Steampunk. It is primarily in the Victorian era or a Victorian era like world - thought sometimes it's the Regency or Edwardian period and can certainly be set in the American Wild West as well.

  3. Your book looks delightful!
    I would dearly love to win your book, and regardless put it on my gotta have list.
    Thank you for your contest!



  4. Thank you so much Pomma Wolf, I appreciate your kind words. I'm glad you like As Timeless As Stone.

  5. Wow lot's of research. I wasn't even aware of some of it and I love ancient stuff. :) Thanks Cornelia!

  6. Think you Menina. I appreciate it. I'm glad you liked the blog post.

  7. Excellent background to the story & I like the dialogue of what you've teased us with so far.
    Tusen Takk

  8. Thank you Sven, I appreciate it.