Oliver D. Smith (oliveratlantis@gmail.com)

I’m an independent researcher and amateur nephologist currently studying meteorology (Dip HE). My interest in meteorology (especially nephology) is recent – I prior studied BA (Hons) Classical Civilisation at the University of Roehampton and PG Cert Classical Studies at The Open University. I worked as a volunteer archaeologist for several years at Museum of London Archaeology but never made a professional career. While I’ve had success (albeit limited) publishing in peer-reviewed journals – I prefer to self-publish and upload onto Humanities Commons CORE (Commons Open Repository Exchange). My main research interests are cryptozoology and geomythology, but I have numerous others including anomalistics and OOPArts. I own two more blogs (click here and here).

A summary of my research:

  • Cryptozoology: My view is rare natural meteorological phenomena explains some eyewitness accounts of cryptids, particularly big birds/owls, sea-serpents and lake monsters (e.g., the Loch Ness monster). I coined the term ‘meteor-monsterology’.
  • Hominology: To explain the origin of the yeren and yeti in folklore – I favour the bearded European hypothesis. I published a monograph in Sino-Platonic Papers.
  • Atlantis: My published BA (Hons) dissertation and unpublished MA thesis are on Atlantis; I’ve also published a few articles on Atlantis in scholarly journals. This is still an interest to me and has been as far back as 2007. I’ve changed my view over the years, but I now write less on it because the ideas or hypotheses are exhaustive.
  • Troy: I hold unorthodox views on the archaeology of Troy and have proposed an alternative site to Hisarlik – Yenibademli Höyük on the island Imbros (Gökçeada).