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MEGALITHOMANIA GLASTONBURY CONFERENCE 2019

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CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Prof. MIKE PARKER PEARSON
Recent Research on Stonehenge

Recent scientific advances in archaeology are having a considerable impact on our understanding of who built Stonehenge and why. This talk will examine the evidence from ancient DNA, isotopic analysis, geological identifications and other methods that have revolutionised our knowledge of the British Neolithic and of the builders of Stonehenge, from moving the bluestones from Wales to building the great complex of timber monuments at nearby Durrington Walls.

Mike Parker Pearson is Professor of British Later Prehistory with the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He holds his degrees from Cambridge University (Ph.D.) and the University of Southampton (B.A.); he is a past Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage. His research interests include Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain and Europe (particularly funerary analysis and the Beaker People), Madagascar and the Indian Ocean, and public archaeology and heritage. He is the Principal Investigator of a number of major research projects, including the Stonehenge Riverside Project (2004-2009) and the Stones of Stonehenge Project. He has also pioneerred studying and excavating the 'Bluestone' quarries in Preseli in Wales where many of the stones of Stonehenge came from and in this lecture will be sharing the latest discoveries from excavations over the past few years. www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/people/academic/mike-parker-pearson

PAUL DEVEREUX
Lecture1. Archaeoacoustics - The Stones Themselves Can Still Speak
Lecture 2. The Long Trip - A Prehistory of Psychedelia

Paul Devereux is managing editor of the academic publication, Time & Mind – The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture (Taylor & Francis Online), a research affiliate with the Royal College of Art, a Senior Research Fellow of the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL), Princeton, and the Director of the Dragon Project Trust. He was editor of The ley Hunter journal for 20 years, and has written a great many articles for general publications and a string of peer-reviewed papers. He is author of twenty-six books, dealing variously with the anthropologies of consciousness, archaeoacoustics and other aspects of ancient sites, landscapes and lifeways, as well as anomalous geophysical phenomena. He lectures in Europe, the UK and North America. www.pauldevereux.co.uk
MARIA WHEATLEY
The Rollright Mysteries – A New View of Stone Circles

Maria explores the power generated by a stone circle. Focusing on complexes that have retained their circular shape, she examines the hidden properties of standing stones, the energies and sound frequencies they emit – and how certain earth energies change the air quality. The Rollright Ring in Oxfordshire has some exceptional qualities that can assist in manifestation, produce magnetic hot spots that are healing and generate time-lapses which have been experienced within the megalithic complex. Rollright’s standing stones respond to the Earth’s voltages, increasing the megaliths’ sensitivity – and the strongest earth energy that Gaia produces is located within the complex. Leading us from the ordinary to the extraordinary, Maria takes a deep and thought-provoking look at the long-skulled people who created Neolithic monuments worldwide and how they were the first to lay out the ley line network across the British Isles and Europe, uniting monument after monument. Their Neolithic legacy seemed to disappear during the Bronze Age. Maria explains what happened to them; as we shall see, fact is often far stranger than fiction.

Maria is a second-generation dowser taught by European Master Dowsers, her late father and Chinese geomants. She is a leading authority on geodetic earth energies and ley lines, and an author of books on sacred sites and dowsing. She has continued her father’s dowsing research into the esoteric design canons of prehistoric sites, Druidic ceremonial enclosures and the Knights Templars’ churches and cathedrals. Maria has studied Neolithic Britain and Bronze Age prehistory and combines her knowledge of archaeology and earth energies with state of the art equipment to detect and interpret the hidden frequencies the Earth emits. She is an expert on locating and analysing energies at sacred sites across Europe and offers tours for small or large groups from Stonehenge to Malta. Maria has also written holistic diploma courses and runs EsotericCollege.com which offers certificated courses on holistic subjects including past life regression, Druid Soul Star astrology, tarot and dowsing. She teaches advance dowsing techniques which are not available anywhere else in the world. www.theaveburyexperience.co.uk


RALPH ELLIS
Megalithic Sites in the Bible Lands

Ralph Ellis has been researching biblical history for more than thirty years, to a degree and depth that very few other researchers manage to reach. His research is purely historical, and places all the characters and events within the biblical narrative back into the historical record. This has required some adjustment of the biblical chronology, but this is never done without justification. The result of these endeavors is ten books that explain almost every facet of biblical history, in purely historical terms. Remarkably, it would appear that the majority of the biblical record is a fairly reliable account of real historical events - the fundamental events that have shaped and formed Western civilisation. http://edfu-books.uk
ANTHONY MURPHY
Lecture 1: The Discovery of Dronehenge
A previously unknown Late Neolithic henge was found by Anthony Murphy and Ken Williams close to Newgrange during the drought of July 2018. Anthony will tell us how he discovered it and what it means for our understanding of the Brú na Bóinne complex.

Lecture 2: Monuments, Myths and Alignments
Anthony Murphy has been studying the megalithic monuments of eastern Ireland and their associated mythology and astronomy for 20 years. He brings us up to date with all his most recent research.

Anthony Murphy is a journalist, photographer, author and astronomer who lives in Drogheda, at the gateway to Ireland’s historic Boyne Valley. He has spent almost 20 years researching, photographing and writing about the ancient megalithic monuments of the Boyne Valley and their associated mythology, cosmology and alignments. He is the author of five books, including the acclaimed Island of the Setting Sun: In Search of Ireland’s Ancient Astronomers (with Richard Moore), Newgrange: Monument to Immortality and Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past. His works of fiction are a novella called Land of the Ever-Living Ones and a short novel called The Cry of the Sebac. Anthony has appeared many times on television as an expert on Newgrange and the monuments and indeed astronomy, and he has featured in newspaper, magazine and news media articles around the world. He regularly gives talks about his research and also leads private tours of the monuments. He is a member of the Independent Tour Guides Association in Ireland. In July 2018 Anthony shot to international fame when he discovered a previously unknown late Neolithic henge or ceremonial enclosure 750m from the world famous megalithic monument of Newgrange. www.mythicalireland.com

ANDY BURNHAM
The Old Stones: A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland

Locate over 1,000 of Britain and Ireland’s most atmospheric prehistoric places, from recently discovered moorland circles to standing stones hidden in housing estates. Discover which sites could align with celestial bodies or horizon landmarks. Explore acoustic, colour and shadow theory to get inside the minds of the Neolithic and Bronze Age people who created these extraordinary places. Find out which sites have the most spectacular views, which are the best for getting away from it all and which have been immortalized in music.


Andy founded ‘The Megalithic Portal’ 10 years ago and has been at the forefront of the internet stone hunting community since its inception. He coined the term ‘megarak’ to describe those with a similar ‘unhealthy’ interest and spoke at Megalithomania 2011. He also appeared at the first ever Megalithomania in 2006 and is a Chartered Electronics Engineer by trade. www.megalithic.co.uk
JURGEN KRONIG
A Photographic Journey through Megalithic Europe

Jürgen Krönig, OBE, is the president emeritus of the Foreign Press Association U.K. and the German correspondent for Die Zeit weekly. He is the author of The Secret Face of Nature, which furthers the pioneering work of his friend John Michell in the little-known field of simulacra. Born in Germany, Jürgen Krönig has a degree in Political Science and History. In 1984 he moved to England and now lives in Wiltshire. An award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster and photographer, In 2005, Jürgen was awarded an OBE for his significant contributions to British-German relations. He first met John Michell in the 1980s. From their many shared interests, Jürgen took on the study of simulacra, which John had opened up in his 1979 book Simulacra, published in the U.S. as Natural Likeness. This is the phenomenon of things looking like other things in a perhaps coincidental but apparently meaningful way: faces in rocks and clouds, spots like eyes on butterfly wings, portraits of people and known symbols that appear spontaneously in nature. A dedicated photographer, Jürgen, together with his wife Katharina, has travelled worldwide to find striking images of simulacra and to photograh ancient megalithic sites. Jurgen spoke at the first ever Megalithomania in 2006. www.kronig.org
ADAM TETLOW
Number, Reality and the Prehistoric Origins of Measure.
The John Michell Memorial Lecture, presented by Christine Rhone

The field of megalithic science, like the ancient sites themselves, stands at a crossroads between the intuitive and the scientific. The study of an-cient metrology re-discovered by John Neal and John Michell reveals previ-ously unrecognised insights into the intentions of stone age architects to hold these two worlds in balance through the practice of harmonic measure. From the earliest stone circles to the pyramids and temples of antiquity, this talk will explore how hidden in plain sight in the traditional measures of every nation are the keys to startling insights of prehistoric consciousness into the nature of number and reality.

Adam Tetlow is an artist, writer and teacher exploring the intersection be-tween art, mathematics and ancient thought. He studied with Keith Critchlow at the PSTA, and has spent the last five years working closely with John Neal. He is author of 'Celtic Pattern', 'Ancient Metrology'(forthcoming 2019) and contibutor to 'Quadrivium','Trivium' and 'Designa' all pulished by Wooden Books. He teaches traditional geometry and celtic art courses with the PSTA and with www.sacredartofgeometry.com in Sussex.
HUGH NEWMAN
Polygonal and Cyclopean Walls of Europe and South America

Hugh has been investigating the huge megalithic walls in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and also in Italy, Greece and Spain and found there are global connections to this unusual polygonal style that are often attributed to giants or ancient gods.

Hugh Newman is an author, conference organiser, world explorer, tour host, and Megalithomaniac. As well as organising the Megalithomania conferences, he organises the Origins Conference in London with Andrew Collins every November. He has spoken at events in the UK, Malta, France, Peru, Egypt, Bosnia and North America. He has appeared on BBC TV, Sky Channel 200, Bosnian TV and the History Channel in the last five seasons of 'Ancient Aliens', and recently in 'Search for the Lost Giants'. He is author of Earth Grids (Wooden Books 2008), Stone Circles (Wooden Books 2017) and co-author of 'Giants On Record' with Jim Vieira (Avalon Rising 2015), and contributed to Megalith: Studies In Stone (2018). www.hughnewman.co.uk


STEVE MARSHALL
Avebury Soundscapes - A 30 Minute Audio Journey

After a long career as a film composer Steve became an archaeological researcher and author. His first book, Exploring Avebury The Essential Guide, is hugely successful and has just gone to its fifth printing. He decided to follow it up not with another book, but with an album of music, as there are aspects of Avebury that he could express musically rather than with words. Avebury Soundscapes has ten tracks, each representing a different part of the Avebury complex. As well as the atmosphere of the monuments, there are other unusual features that naturally lend themselves to musical expression. The geometry of the Sanctuary, for instance, reveals itself through rhythmic sequences. this is explained by playing brief musical examples from a selection of tracks along with an animated PowerPoint slideshow. The album also contains 3-D binaural sounds recorded in and around Avebury; with headphones these appear to come from above and all around the listener. Steve will bring several sets of headphones for megalithomaniacs to try out so that those who are interested can experience the 3-D sound effects for themselves. Steve has presented this once at the Wiltshire Archaeology conference, but only had 20 minutes. This time he has 30 mins! Read his article on the subject here: www.soundonsound.com/techniques/creating-avebury-soundscapes - http://exploringavebury.com
SPEAKERS FORUM HOSTED BY JOHN MARTINEAU

John is geometer, writer, and the publisher of the Wooden Books series. He founded Megalithomania in 2005 with Gareth Mills and Hugh Newman. He has written several books and regularly gives lectures at Megalithomania and at other major conferences. www.woodenbooks.com

THE JOHN MICHELL MEMORIAL LECTURE
Hosted by Christine Rhone

Every year, Megalithomania welcomes Christine Rhone to introduce the John Michell Memorial Lecture. Previous speakers have included John Martineau, John Neal, Christine Rhone, Robin Heath and Steve Marshall. This year Adam Tetlow will be giving the lecture. Christine also organises a bi-annual event in London celebrationg the work of the great visionary.

SATURDAY 11th MAY:
SUNDAY 12th MAY

NOTE: Schedule to be confirmed

9.30am: Registration
10:00 am: Lecture 1
11.00 am: BREAK
11.15 am: Lecture 2
12.15 pm: BREAK
12:30 pm: Lecture 3
1.30 pm: LUNCH
2.45 pm: Lecture 4
3.30 pm: BREAK
4.00 pm: Lecture 5
5.00 pm: Break
5.30 pm: Lecture 6
6.45 pm: END

NOTE: Schedule to be confirmed

10:00 am: Lecture 1
11.00 am: BREAK
11.15 am: Lecture 2
12.15 pm: BREAK
12:30 pm: Lecture 3
1.30 pm: LUNCH
2.45 pm: John Michell Memorial Lecture
3.45 pm: BREAK
4.00 pm: Lecture 5
4.45 pm: BREAK
5.15 pm: Speakers Forum hosted by John Martineau
6.15 pm: Closing Remarks.
6.30 pm: END

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Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Tours:

Friday 10th May - 3pm - 6pm
Stanton Drew Triple Stone Circles and The Cove - £25
(Please note that Stonehenge is no longer available)

Monday 13th May - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Rollright Stones and Devil's Quoit Stone Circles, Oxfordshire - £45
Hosted by Maria Wheatley and Hugh Newman

Tuesday 14th May: - 9.30am - 5.30pm
The Cerne Giant, Knowlton Henge and the Nine Stones of Winterbourne Abbas - £45
Hosted by Hugh Newman

Wednesday 15th - 10am - 5pm
Ancient Avalon Walking Tour

Explore Glastonbury Tor, The Egg-Stone, Chalice Well, The Red & White Springs, The Holy Thorn, Wearyill Hill & more, hosted by Shaun Kirwan.
(Includes entrance tickets to Chalice Well and The Abbey
)

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