Here Gunnar Thompson is surrounded by New World Discovery books and ancient maps in this 2014 portrait by the renowned Oslo photographer Magne Bolstad. As Gunnar has proven by his research, Ancient America was the “Happy Hunting Ground” of Egyptian Pharaohs; a bonanza for Roman merchants; and a sanctuary for refugees from all across the globe. In 2005, Hong Kong entrepreneur Frank Lee called Thompson: “the Sherlock Holmes of World History.”
Gunnar Thompson is something of a time detective, whose enduring passion has been to uncover the secrets of the past. A longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, he is an academic, a world traveler, an archeologist and anthropologist. He has served on the faculties of seven universities in the United States, but has also spent a lifetime doing independent research into early voyages and cartography. His study of ancient maps, along with the history of cartography, makes him uniquely positioned to challenge assumptions that are often perpetuated casually by historians & educators.
He enjoys both scholastic research and the art of creative storytelling with illustration: his works include scholarly articles scrupulously documenting his research, as well as entertaining lushly illustrated tales more loosely based on this information. At all times he strives to keep these stories consistent with his research.
It is possible to correlate evidence found in ancient imagery, data gleaned from old documents, and the land masses shown in ancient maps over time with the scientific record of movements in the north pole and migration of plants around the globe. These correlation provide a basis for improving and correcting the historic record.
He has written several watershed books and numerous articles on the subject of early voyages to the New World before Columbus. These include: Nu Sun (1989), American Discovery (1994), The Friar’s Map (1996), and Lions In The New Land (1998). His discovery of the Omnibus Power Sign in 1985 offered the first conclusive proof that Asian mariners had made a significant contribution to the origins of New World civilization.
His vital discoveries have received praise from such notable scholars as the Norwegian ethnologist Thor Heyerdahl, author Gavin Menzies, and archeologist Betty Meggers of the Smithsonian Institution. He has appeared internationally on countless television documentaries and is widely acknowledged as a leading world expert on multi-ethnic New World Discovery.