Gary C. Daniels is an explorer, award-winning writer and filmmaker and Emmy-nominated television producer. He holds a BFA in Television Production from the Savannah College of Art & Design and a Master's in Communications from Georgia State University. His Master's Thesis project, "Lost Worlds: Georgia", received a Roger K. Warlick Best Media Project award from the Georgia Historical Society and he's produced documentaries and interactive projects under the Teaching American History Grant. He has explored ancient ruins in ten different countries on three continents. From the jungle temple ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia to the massive pyramid complex of Teotihuacan in Mexico he has climbed, crouched, and crawled his way around some of the most impressive ancient ruins on Earth. He helms the "Ancient Civilizations" column for the national edition of Examiner.com and appeared on the "American Maya Secrets" episode of the H2 Network's AMERICA UNEARTHED series, the highest rated episode in H2's history.
While doing his Master's thesis research for a website (LostWorlds.org) and documentary film (Lost Worlds: Georgia) on the ancient civilizations of the Southeastern United States he stumbled upon a strange phenomenon. He noticed that many of these ancient sites lasted for exactly 250 years before collapsing. His attempt to understand the cause of such collapses led him to the science of cycle research. He found many 250-year cycles that could be behind the fall of civilizations including a 250-year seismic cycle and 250-year solar cycle.
He also discovered that the ancient Maya believed a 256-year cycle governed the rise and fall of civilizations. The only Mayan prophecies in existence all are based on this 256-year cycle. His quest to uncover the connection between these ancient Mayan prophecies and modern scientific cycle research was the genesis of his first book, Mayan Calendar Prophecies: Predictions for 2012-2052.
This research also led him to study ancient myths from around the world that seemed to record devastating disasters in our past that have been completely forgotten. Using these ancient myths as a starting point he eventually validated their claims of ancient catastrophes via ice core records, sedimentary records, and climate records. The story this research revealed was both terrifying and awe-inspiring. It appeared these ancient myths were in actuality eye-witness accounts of real events, primarily asteroid and comet impact events, that devastated ancient cultures and continuously interrupted the progress of civilization. Every impact event was followed by severe climate downturns and dark ages. Sometimes these dark ages were literally dark with the sun being blotted out for years after these impact events.
He also discovered that such events were not relegated to the past and that NASA is currently tracking hundreds of Earth-crossing asteroids, three of which have a chance of impacting Earth within the next 40 years. Thus he has devoted his research efforts to understanding what happened in the past and how people survived these events so to better arm ourselves when similar events happen in the future.