The Island of Gla: A Mycenaean Mystery Solved?
by Duncan J.D. Smith. Seventy miles north of Athens, in the region of Boeotia, is the largest lake in Greece. At least it was there until the late-19th century, when Lake Copais was drained to create land for cultivation and evidence for an earlier drainage project emerged.
The Heroon of Trysa: A Lycian Tomb Reappears
The Heroon of Trysa was the tomb of a powerful Lycian dynast surrounded by a precinct wall covered with remarkable mythological friezes. It was discovered in 1841 CE when a Polish-Prussian school teacher...
Lost In The Amazon – The Hunt For Colonel Fawcett
In 1925 renowned British explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett headed into the Amazon jungle. Searching for a lost city, he was never heard from again.
Channeling History as a Travel Writer: Duncan J.D. Smith – History et cetera
In this interview, AHE speaks to travel writer Duncan J.D. Smith about his "Only In Guides" as well as his interest in ancient history.
The Urban Explorer: Introducing Duncan J.D. Smith [Interview]
No abandoned buildings with this man: Duncan Smith dives into a city to tell its story through its history. That way he is able to peel off a city's layers like those of an onion and get to its core. A raw approach to traveling free of crowds, ticket boxes or souvenir shops.
Monemvasía: the Greek Gibraltar
In the southern Peloponnese, the island citadel of Monemvasía once enjoyed a key strategic location on major Mediterranean shipping routes. No wonder, therefore, that many have sought to secure control of the rock that is often referred to as 'the Greek Gibraltar'.
Where God grew stones: a Mani odyssey
Patrick Leigh Fermor's 1958 book on the Mani region of southern Greece helped put Mani on the map. Today it pulls the tourist crowds, yet it still retains a raw appeal. Guest contributor Duncan JD Smith dives deep into Mani to explore the otherworldly landscapes of this arid peninsula.
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Duncan J. D. Smith is an Urban Explorer and travel writer. He is the sole author of the 'Only In' Guides, revealing European cities from hidden perspectives. Born in the north of England he is a keen photographer, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Duncan JD Smith
Duncan JD Smith is an urban explorer, travel writer, historian, and photographer. He is the author of 'Only in Vienna', one of a series of guidebooks by Duncan that probe the hidden corners of various European cities.