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It's a curious world out there...

The Archive explores the lost chapters of the past—from history’s enduring mysteries to astonishing encounters with the natural world. 

Enchanted by the abandoned whaling stations of Antarctica? Intrigued by the life and death of France’s most prolific executioner? Perhaps you’re on the hunt for a captivating read in preparation for your next adventure. It’s a curious world out there; let’s discover it together.

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And if you unearth a moment in time in need of examination, let us know at editor@explorethearchive.com 

Our Editorial Policy

Every topic we cover is selected by our editors, regardless of media affiliation. If our parent company or one of our partners has a story they know you’d love to read, you’ll see it marked as sponsored—no funny business. 

Our Team

Jennifer Jackson, Editorial Director

A lover of all things digital, Jennifer has been editing and writing for websites and reading ebooks for the better part of a decade. She checks Goodreads every morning for new book recommendations, and she’s recently discovered a love of British murder mystery TV series which she plans to investigate further.

John Freund, Director, Content 

John Freund has been a true crime obsessive since before it was cool. He used to keep friends in on Saturday nights to watch 48 Hours Mystery, and his favorite documentary of all time is The Impostor (extra points if you’ve seen it).

Matthew Thompson, Contributing Editor

Matthew graduated from New York University with an MFA in Fiction. His stories, book reviews, and interviews appear in a variety of literary journals. As an avid traveler, Matthew has lived in Berlin, Seattle, and a handful of hamlets in the south of France. He can usually be found rummaging around old bookshops, uncovering strange titles.

Sarah Mangiola, Managing Editor

Originally from California, Sarah has been writing and editing professionally since moving to New York after college. You can often find her obsessing over anything old and classic—especially when the cover requires some dusting off. Her favorite books include the entire Harry Potter series, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, and A Separate Peace by John Knowles.

Catherine Phelan, Editor

Catherine has been writing and editing for the web since moving to New York City. Her first memory is of realizing that C A T meant cat—and she hasn’t stopped reading since. Recently, Catherine has been making her way through the classic mystery novels of Agatha Christie.

About Our Parent Company – Open Road

Open Road Integrated Media is a prestige content brand delivering digital experiences that entertain and inform readers around the world. Laser-focused on revenue, reach, and repeat customers, the Open Road network of digital properties produces compelling stories that keep audiences engaged—across devices, content verticals, and global territories.


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