The sad passing of a truly great Archaeologist and Friend - Dr. David Trump.
The late Dr David Trump and Dr.Shield
RIP......It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing yesterday (September 1st,2016) of my dear friend and mentor Dr. David Trump - the archaeologist who introduced me to this amazing profession - he will be missed dearly by all his friends at Cambridge and here in Malta. David was just three years older than I at 85 years. He is a great loss to our profession and the world. Dr. Peter J. Shield PhD,ARP,CSST.
At work- the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, at Palaipafos, Cyprus - December 27th, 2016
Sunday evening lectures in October
....What's on and where to go in Amazing Gozo! Your weekly guide to Malta's treasure island! Click on the picture below to visit GTVweb.com
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Full house - thank you all.
My sincere thanks to all who attended my lecture "Visitors from Space" at the Smithsonian's National Atomic Testing Museum on Friday the 10th June. Despite my recent ear operation - everything went smoothly.
Malta Grand Harbor
I am happy to be back in Malta - Tel:(356) 77674180
Xlendi Bay, Gozo, Malta - click here!
Simply click on the image of beautiful Xlendi Bay (the view from my balcony) to see illustrations from the book I am currently writing and illustrating on the Island of Gozo, Malta.
Click here to read my new Blog -the Imagine Nation.
Discover the other english speaking retirement country "Belize" Click here!
Despite my love affair with Malta - I have just discovered an other Archaeologists dream retirement destination!
Belize, a tiny country (like Malta) tucked away benieth Mexico and the home of the Mayans!
My new book is all about "Belize" - click on the Orchid opposite to explore paradise lost "Orchid Bar Resort" and the amazing Central American country of Belize.
My new book! Click here to view.
Comming soon - My new book "Malta" the ultimate retirement destination!
Enjoy my newest book on the Travel Club and Timeshare industries "My Fun Life" available now!
In Loving Memory of Fr. Victor J. Camilleri, MSSP
Dr. Peter J. Shield with Fr. Victor J. Camilleri MSSP; RIP
This site is now dedicated to the memory of one of the most beautiful and inspiring men it has been my privilege to know. Fr. Victor J. Camilleri, who passed into the arms of his God on December 15th,2011. I first met Victor whilst in Malta in the early 1950's. I was Associated Press's photo journalist there and attached to the then government's Central Office of Information. Working with Cambridge Universities archaeological team Fr. Victor took me under his wing and allowed me to assist with the excavation of the St. Agatha's catacombs - a project that has been dear to my heart ever since. I featured Victor in my Historic Novel "In the Image of His God" published two years ago. Our birthdays were only two days apart and we celebrated together on several occasions. His loss will be felt by all whose lives he touched and he will remain in my heart forever. May God rest his sole and welcome him into his arms where he so rightly belongs. Dr. Peter J. Shield PhD, ARP, CSST.
Welcome to our Web site. This site offers you the opportunity to learn more about Dr. Peter J.Shield's World of Unexplained Mysteries, founded in 1979. My World of Unexplained Mysteries spans the globe through the advent of the World Wide Web.
I’m privileged to travel the planet reporting on some of the world’s strangest mysteries, from my home here in fabulous Las Vegas, NV, I’ll bring you up to date and keep you well informed on the bizaare world in which we live and beyond.
As a charter member of ‘TeamSeti’; who’s watchful eye on the sky scans the universe for signs of extraterrestrial life, we’ll stay in touch with those responsible for controlling the world’s largest telescope. Are there visitors from outer space amongst us? Is there someone else out there or are we alone in this great universe?
Our approach is always factual as we talk to experts and authorities that can shed light on some of this planets most intriguing mysteries.
A lifetime of Archaeological research
Like my boyhood idol Howard Carter, I entered the field of Archaeology without any University qualifications. At 17 I joined the British Air force hoping to become an Arial photographer, however the aptitude tests at that time steered me into the field of communications and I graduated three years later. My interest in photography persisted and on leaving the service after 10 years I became Associated Press's photojournalist covering the middle east and based on the island of Malta. During that time I was recruited by the then Maltese Government Department of Information from 1955 – 1960 and assigned the task of recording all the treasures left by the Knights and displayed in the museums and Churches on the Islands. My love of ancient history and the thrill of discovery was recognized by Cambridge University's Dr. David Trump, who was the head of archaeological excavations on the island and I was invited to join their team whose main focus at that time were the catacombs of St. Peter & St. Paul and St. Agatha's in Rabat. I was to spend the next 5 magical years working alongside the remarkable Doctor, and Fr. Victor Camilleri MSSP (Missionary Society of St. Paul's.) Victor was to remain a close friend until his untimely demise on Dec.15th 2011. During those 5 years I was privileged to photograph and record all the archaeological sites on the islands of Malta and Gozo, including the amazing G’gantija (3,600 – 3,000 B.C.), the earliest freestanding stone monument built by man. It pre dates the pyramids of Egypt and are older than England’s Stonehenge. I have spent considerable time at Stonehenge in the 50’s and again in 1988. During my two-year return visit to the Island to write my most recent book “Malta ”, I designed a photo marketing program for introduction at all Malta’s most frequently visited Archaeological sites. I filmed a pilot program at “Ghar Dalam” the cave of Darkness, for my World of Unexplained Mysteries (Malta) television series. My work on the remarkable “Shroud of Turin” Mystery resulted in the re-mastering of my interviews with the Sturp group, researching the results of their investigative study conducted in 80's into the authenticity of this amazing artifact. (http://shroudresearch.com) I was also able to record details of the long forgotten “Shroud of Malta”, full details of which are recorded on my World of Unexplained Mysteries web site http://worldofunexplainedmysteries.com. The amazing Shroud of Rabat plays a major role in my new novel "In The Image Of His God - the Curse of the Shroud" available at http://pjshield.com or on Amazon.com. During the 80’s, an Exhibition of my replica artifacts from the Louve Museum in Paris, toured Australia and was also used as the basis of my presentation of the Howard Carter Story to Australian High School Students. In my 70 odd years I have had the opportunity to work, visit and write about archaeological sites in China, Cyprus, Australia, Central and South America, Ireland, Great Briton, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Malta to name but a few.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to study at England's Cambridge University, Nottingham University and Dublin's Trinity college in Ireland; and In the USA at UNLV here in Las Vegas. Thanks to the internet, and after over 50 years of dedication to the field of art preservation and archaeology, my lifetime work was recognized and I applied for and was granted the degree in Art and Archaeology that I had so long coveted.
In my semi retirement, and at 81 years young, I have entered a new and exciting field of exploration - that of "Yard Sale Archaeologist"
Peter J. Shield
Dr. Peter J. Shield and Father Victor Camilleri MSSP. at St. Agathas 1956
My "World of Unexplained Mysteries" visit to Ghar Dalam - The Cave of Darkness!
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