James Swagger was first introduced to topical science writing for a historical mysteries magazine in Ireland. Sadly it doesn't run anymore but it did wet his appetite for researching ancient knowledge and lost science in a professional sense. Initially it was for a favor due to his science and engineering background, although his career in this field soon took him away to Europe. James trained as a Systems Analyst in the energy industry. He has a taught Masters degree in engineering, a Bachelors degree in Physics with astronomy, and a Masters degree in Science, Research and Society. Initially James Swagger sought out the megalithic monuments of Western Europe in his spare time traveling around the UK, Ireland, and Denmark. His embrace of a multidisciplinary approach to the research of megalithic sites, and the larger view of 'passage grave cosmology' produced his first book,
"The Newgrange Sirius Mystery: Linking Passage Grave Cosmology with Dogon Symbology".
He also hosts his very own internet radio show called Capricorn Radio, which explores historical mysteries. He interviews fellow authors’ to unveil the true cultural blueprint of humanity. History has always been a passion for James from early on, most notably Egyptology, Assyrian, and Akkadian civilizations of the middle-east. The megalithic civilization that dominates most of Western Europe also played a major role when James was growing up. James was born to Irish and Danish parents, whereby both countries host large numbers of well preserved passage graves and megaliths. He had spent equal time in both countries growing up and we would regularly take the ferry run from Ireland to Brittany to get to mainland Europe. It was on one of these journeys to Brittany that he stopped off in Carnac. It was then in his middle teens, that the mystery deepened for him. He realized for the first time the scale of the megalithic civilization, that it was lost, and that in the modern world we knew absolutely nothing of it. It wasn't until much later that he would research the megaliths in depth. Admittedly James finds the glory of Egyptian and Middle Eastern civilizations much more alluring than the megaliths. The mystery of the megaliths however are his first true calling in terms of research.
In my career and education I pursued and engineering role first. I worked for fifteen years in heavy industrial process control systems. Typical jobs would involve wind farms, power plants, oil rigs, and water processing. In those fifteen years I had traversed much of Western Europe mostly based in the UK and Ireland though at times in Denmark. In that period I had always sought out megalithic monuments in my spare time as these were located in the regions I was working. In retrospect I don't think I would have had neither the passion nor the resources to research the megaliths had my vocation not taken me to these places. I recall one time I had the opportunity to travel to the remote Hebrides Island in Scotland where Callanish stone temple is situated. I know I would never have made the journey just to see that site on its own. I realised how privileged I was to see these remote megalithic sites. Having spent ten years abroad I wanted a career change at some point in the future. I studied a MSc in Science, Research, and Society. It wasn't intentionally to make this change of career as an author; although it has certainly aided my career development. I had studied a Physics with Astronomy degree in preparation for my MSc. and also hold a MEng. Though engineering and science is what I am good at and I am blessed with such talents; to study the complexities and history of civilizations is what I hold dear to me. I feel privileged t be able to amalgamate my profession and passion in such a manner now. It was during a return trip to Ireland two years that I felt the need to pursue a book on ‘Passage Grave Cosmology’. Initially I had wished to write a chapter on megalithic monuments in an Ancient Knowledge and Lost Science Book I was working on. I discovered some rock art on a standing stone in County Donegal, in the Northwest which turned out to be incorrectly deciphered and forgotten about. I then turned my efforts to write a book on Passage Grave Cosmology. Now having completed that I am in the midst of another follow up book called:
‘The Megalith Acoustics Mystery: A Quest to Understand Altered States at Ancient Temples’
There is one thing that my research has taught me, that there are still plenty of mysteries to be unveiled, I urge anybody with half an interest to go explore megaliths, rock art or other such historical mysteries. It is not all 'figured out' by any means. There may well be a plethora of authors and researchers out there doing it, myself included, but you never know what a set of 'fresh eyes' may uncover. In fact it is people with unusual backgrounds or unique skill sets that apply themselves to such mysteries and thus unveil new theories or areas of research.
E.A.James Swagger, Antrim 2013