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Fortean Times #193 (February 2005)

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  • Release date: 13 Jan 2005
  • Cover price: £3.40
  • Cover: Alex Tomlinson after Leonardo da Vinci


  • 28 Underground Organisation - Ancient tunnels beneath an English town are linked to the Knights Templar
  • 42 The Saint Factory - The history of canonisation in the Church
  • 48 Sacred Saqqara - Latest developments in Egyptology
  • 38 The Templars and Their Treasure - The legends linked to the secretive knights
  • 32 Uncovering the Da Vinci Code - THe truth behind the best-selling thriller


32 Da Vinci Decoded (Cover Story)
Dan Brown's best-selling thriller has made Jesus's blood-line a household topic again. Gordon Rutter examines the background and the setting to this worldwide sensation.

38 Mysteries of the Templars
Lionel Fanthorpe describes some of the legends and enigmas associated with the elusive Knights Templar.

42 Making Saints
The current pontiff, John Paul II, has turned the canonisation process into an assembly-line. Grenadine Grey looks at past and present approaches to deciding what it is that defines a saint.

48 Animal Magic
Recent archaeological work at one of Egypt's greatest sacred sites is revealing new aspects of life and religion in one of the earliest civilisations. Malcolm Day interviews Tony Leahy of the Saqqara Geophysical Survey.


28 Fortean Bureau of Investigation - No 63. Templar tunnels: Raymond Brown investigates tales of Templar tunnels and Illuminati meetings beneath the streets of Hertford.

76 Fortean Traveller - No 34. Chavin, Peru by Mike Jay


53 The Curse of Superman - Patrick West looks at the unfortunate fates of actors connected to the comic book hero.

54 We're Only Human - Gary Lachman delves into the workings of human nature.

Strange Days

Decrypting the Shepherd's Monument, itty-bitty equines, keeping mum in a basket, sleep-walking sex bomb, funerals for the undead, Islamic science, dolphin developments, dog that opens doors, bitch has kittens - and much more.

  • 14 Science
  • 16 Archaeology
  • 17 Mythconceptions
  • 18 Konspiracy Korner
  • 19 Alien Zoo
  • 22 Necrolog
  • 23 Strange Deaths
  • 24 The UFO Files



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It Happened to Me

  • 75


Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Reader Info

  • 66


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