David Hatcher Childress
David Hatcher Childress (born June 1, 1957) is an American author, and the owner of Adventures Unlimited Press, a publishing house established in 1984 specializing in books on unusual topics such as ancient mysteries, unexplained phenomena, alternative history, and historical revisionism. His own works primarily concentrate on pseudoarchaeological and pseudoscientific topics such as Atlantis and Lemuria, pole shifts, the hollow earth, pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact, suppressed technology, Nikola Tesla, free energy, UFOs and ancient astronauts, anti-gravity, vimana aircraft, secret societies and other conspiracy theories. More recently, he has written on time travel and cryptozoology phenomena such as the yeti and sasquatch. Childress refers to himself as a "rogue archaeologist".
David Hatcher Childress
Born in France to American parents, and raised in Colorado and Montana, United States, Childress went to University of Montana–Missoula to study archaeology, but left college in 1976 at 19 to begin travelling in pursuit of his archaeological interests. After several years in Asia and then Africa, Childress moved in 1983 to Stelle, Illinois, a community founded by New Age writer Richard Kieninger; Childress had been given one of Kieninger's books while touring Africa. Childress chronicled his explorations in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s in his Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries series of books.
Childress's first book, A Hitchhikers Guide to Africa and Arabia, was published in 1983 by Chicago Review Press. In 1984, Childress moved to Kempton, Illinois, and established a publishing company named Adventures Unlimited Press, which is a sole proprietorship. His company published his own works and then those of other authors, presenting fringe-scientific theories regarding ancient civilizations, cryptozoology, and little-known technologies. In 1992, Childress founded the World Explorers Club, which occasionally runs tours to places he writes about, and publishes a magazine called World Explorer.
Childress has appeared on NBC (The Mysterious Origins of Man), Fox Network (Sightings and Encounters), Discovery Channel, A&E, and History (e.g. Ancient Aliens), to comment on subjects such as the Bermuda Triangle, Atlantis, and UFOs. Since first entering the industry in 1984, Childress has been involved in two lawsuits regarding publishing; one, concerning the Kennedy assassination, failed after expiry of a statute of limitations and the other, involving an unpublished master's thesis about UFOs written in 1950, was settled out of court. Childress writes humorously about these suits in his 2000 autobiography A Hitchhiker's Guide to Armageddon. Childress has been interviewed on several radio programs.
Patrick D. Nunn a professor of geography at the University of the Sunshine Coast has noted that Childress is a proponent of pseudoscientific claims such as the lost continent Mu and megaliths on the Pacific islands built by levitation. Nunn has written that "the disappearance of Mu is very convenient because it means that theorists like Childress can say what they like and appear convincing to people who are comparatively uninformed, as many naturally are, of the huge body of scientific information on Pacific geology and cultures."
Historical archaeologist Charles E. Orser (editor of International Journal of Historical Archaeology) has criticized Childress's writings:
Pseudo-archaeologists continue to perpetuate the idea that Atlantis was a racialized place. David Hatcher Childress, one of the most flagrant violators of basic archaeological reasoning, has provided perhaps the most outrageous racialized vision of Atlantis. In discussing Tiahuanaco in Bolivia—as a palace built long before any Native South Americans were present—Childress proposes that the majestic site could only have been constructed by the "Atlantean League." The league was composed of mythic seafarers who "sailed the world spreading a megalithic culture, and wore red turbans over their blond hair" (Childress 1986: 139, emphasis added). Nowhere did Plato, the only actual source on Atlantis, mention the blond hair of the Atlanteans. Plato did mention that the men and women of Atlantis, being semi-divine, were inherently good . . . The correlation between goodness and whiteness is thus obvious in Childress's formulation and in much else that has been written about Atlantis.— Charles E. Orser, Race and Practice in Archaeological Interpretation
Childress's company has published nearly 200 books (many translated into foreign languages) over the course of two dozen years. Childress himself has authored and co-authored over a dozen books, from his first in 1983 to his most recent in 2013. His influences include Erich von Däniken, Thor Heyerdahl, and Charles Berlitz.
- A Hitchhikers Guide to Africa and Arabia, 1984, ISBN 0-914091-42-5
- Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of Africa and Arabia, 1984, ISBN 0-932813-06-2
- Lost Cities of China, Central Asia and India, 1984, ISBN 0-932813-07-0
- Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of South America, ISBN 0-932813-02-X
- Lost Cities of Ancient Lemuria and the Pacific, ISBN 0-932813-04-6
- Lost Cities of North and Central America, ISBN 0-932813-09-7
- Lost Cities of Atlantis, Ancient Europe and the Mediterranean, ISBN 0-932813-25-9
- Extraterrestrial Archeology ISBN 0-932813-77-1
- Vimana Aircraft of Ancient India and Atlantis, ISBN 0-932813-12-7
- Man-Made UFOs 1944-1994 (with Renato Vesco) ISBN 0-932813-23-2
- The Time Travel Handbook ISBN 0-932813-68-2
- Pirates and the Lost Templar Fleet ISBN 1-931882-18-5
- Technology of the Gods, The Incredible Science of the Ancients, ISBN 0-932813-73-9
- Lost Continents and the Hollow Earth ISBN 0-932813-63-1
- A Hitchhikers Guide to Armageddon ISBN 0-932813-84-4
- Mystery of the Olmecs ISBN 978-1-931882-71-2
- Inside the Gemstone File (with Kenn Thomas) ISBN 0-932813-66-6
- Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of the American Southwest ISBN 1-931882-94-0
- Yetis, Sasquatch and Hairy Giants ISBN 1-931882-98-3
- Ancient Micronesia and the Lost City of Nan Modal ISBN 0-932813-49-6 (1998)
- The Enigma of Cranial Deformation: Elongated Skulls of the Ancients (with Brien Foerster) (2012)
- Vimana : Flying Machines of the Ancients ISBN 1-939149-03-7 (2013)
- The Lost World of Cham: The TransPacific Voyages of the Champa" ISBN 9781939149725(2017)
- "Atlantis, Ho!". Chicago Reader. September 8, 2006. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
- "DavidHatcherChildress.com official website". Retrieved 2014-01-09.
- "DavidHatcherChildress.com official website". Archived from the original on 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
- World is a stage for David, Adventurer's exploits rival Indiana Jones', anon. staff, Daily Mirror of Sydney, Australia, December 11, 1985
- "Segment One". TalkStar Network. 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
- Nunn, Patrick D. (2008). Vanished Islands And Hidden Continents Of The Pacific. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 123-124. ISBN 978-0824832193
- Orser, Charles E. (2003). Race and Practice in Archaeological Interpretation. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 69. ISBN 978-0812237504.