Tuesday, 13 May 2008

The Real Indiana Jones

Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett (born 1867) was a British archaeologist and explorer. Along with his son, Jack, Fawcett disappeared under unknown circumstances in 1925 during an expedition to find what he believed to be an ancient lost city in the uncharted jungles of Brazil.

He is said to have been an inspiration for Indiana Jones, the fictional archaeologist/adventurer.
More than 13 separate expeditions have so far failed to discover what happened to Percy Fawcett in the darkest Amazonian jungle and 100 people have died in the attempt.

In later years, things have gone really strange regarding the disappearance of Colonel Fawcett. Professor Henrique de Souza, president of the Brazilian Theosophical Society, believes Fawcett is still alive, living in a subterranean city in the Roncador Mountains of Matto Grosso, where he found the subterranean city of Atlanteans for which he searched.

5 comment(s):

Kct said...

During a long time it was a fascinating history in Brazil, but today was solved mystery. The skeletons of Fawcett were found, but his family refused to receive them. They said to prefer to guard the myth of a lost hero of which a pile of bones.
The true history counted by the descendants of the natives who killed him was of what he would have if involved in a discussion with the indigenous boy (curumim) because of a stolen knife. He would have attacked the boy and his father killed him.

Gerard said...

Thanks Kct, for the additional info.

Anonymous said...

The article claimng Fawcett may still be alive seem to date vack to before 1960. Since he was born in 1867, he's either dead or about 140 years old.

Kct said...

How many times I hear about the Fawcett history? I don't know, but when I listen again and again this history is better to each day! ;o)

Grapes 2.0 said...

What utter bullshit that Fawcett was an inspiration for Indiana Jones. If he was, then so was every explorer through the 19th and early 20th centuries. Fawcett didn't cover the same ground as Indiana. He wasn't looking for the same things, he didn't get into it with the Nazis (since he died in 1925) and so on. Why do you repeat some bullshit from Wikipedia (which also cites a comic book) as if it were legitimate history?

This guy did some serious work, and appears to have died in the process, and all today's nitwit generation can do is go, hey he was the inspiration for a dumbass movie. He was the inspiration for a comic book. Because you don't see anything in your lives more important than movies and comic books, you think that's all there is.

This guy was an important discoverer, but all that gets washed away in a tide of juvenile banality.