Robert Schoch

Associate Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

On leave for 2019-2020

Director, Institute for the Study of the Origins of Civilization(ISOC)


Teaching Interests

Natural sciences; ancient civilizations; mysteries of archaeology

Research Interests

Geology; paleontology; evolution; environmental science; ancient Egypt; prehistoric/ancient cultures around the world

Selected Publications


Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, sixth edition, by Michael L. McKinney, Robert M. Schoch, Logan Yonavjak, and Grant A. Mincy. Burlington, Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2018/2019.

Origins of the Sphinx: Celestial Guardian of Pre-Pharaonic Civilization, by Robert M. Schoch and Robert Bauval. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions, 2017.

Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future, by Robert M. Schoch. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions, 2012.

Pyramid Quest: Secrets of the Great Pyramid and the Dawn of Civilization, by Robert M. Schoch and Robert Aquinas McNally (with appendices, pp. 211-333, by Robert M. Schoch). New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2005.

Horns, Tusks, and Flippers: The Evolution of Hoofed Mammals, by Donald R. Prothero and Robert M. Schoch. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002/2003.

Stratigraphy: Principles and Methods, by Robert M. Schoch. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989.


2017, The Sphinx Breaks Its Silence: Hieroglyphs Say She Was the Lioness Mehit Who Guarded an Ancient Archive. Atlantis Rising, No. 126 (November-December 2017), pp. 46-47, 71-72.

2017, A New Interpretation of a Rare Old Kingdom Dual Title: The King’s Chief Librarian and Guardian of the Royal Archives of Mehit. Archaeological Discovery, 2017, vol. 5 (July 2017), pp. 163-177. (Article by Manu Seyfzadeh, Robert M. Schoch, and Robert Bauval)

2017, Khufu Papyri Unveiled: Can the ‘Oldest Papyrus’ Give Us the True Age of the Great Pyramid . . . or Not? Atlantis Rising, No. 121 (January-February 2017), pp. 46-47, 72-73.

2016, Ancient Fire and Lightning: Could Solar Outbursts Once Have Scorched the Giza Plateau? Atlantis Rising, No. 120 (November-December 2016), pp. 44, 71-72.

2016, Hidden Chambers in Egypt? The Curious Revelations of New Hi-Tec Surveys, Atlantis Rising, No. 116 (March-April 2016), pp. 41-43, 70.

2015, Stonehenge e Chromleh, Fenix, No. 76, February 2015, pp. 24-28.

2014, On the Trail of Orphic Mysteries in Bulgaria: The Secrets May Be Forgotten but Intriguing Clues Remain, Atlantis Rising, No. 108 (November-December 2014), pp. 25, 27, 60-62.

2013, Göbekli Tepe and the Origins of Civilization: Rethinking Our Distant Past. Edgescience No. 15, August 2013, pp. 4-13.

Other Professional Activity and/or Awards

2014 Honorary Professor, Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, Varna, Bulgaria.

2009 Honorary Member of Centro Studi Esoterici (Esoteric Studies Institute, Professor Antonio Virgili, president), Naples, Italy.

1993, Principle Scientific Investigator for, and featured in, the documentary special “The Mystery of the Sphinx” hosted by Charlton Heston, which first aired on NBC Wednesday, 10 November 1993.

1990 Peyton Richter Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching, Boston University, College of General Studies.