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We are now planning the 2015 Megalithomania Conference in Glastonbury, UK (after a much needed year off!). It will take place on the weekend of 9th-10th May, but we are contemplating moving the event to Glastonbury Town Hall. As you may have attended the conference over the years, would you please respond to this email (info@megalithomania.co.uk) and briefly answer these questions:

1) Would you like to see us move to the Town Hall, or rather stay in the Assembly Rooms? and why?
2) Would you prefer a one-day conference, rather than our usual two-day event?
3) Where would you like to do day-tours to, on the Monday after the conference?
4) Are there any speakers you would really like to see at the conference?

Thank you. Any response would be highly appreciated.

I am currently writing a series of articles for the 'Ancient Origins' website about the secrets of the megalithic quarries. The first one is about Gobekli Tepe, and the second one looks at a new 1000 ton block that has been discovered in the quarry at Baalbek. My latest article looks at 10,500 year-old Karahan Tepe, that is the sister site to Gobekli Tepe. There are several more articles coming soon, so keep an eye on www.ancient-origins.net. Also, if you are anywhere near Chepstow, Wales this coming weekend a great line-up of speaker will be presenting in the 'Earth Energies' area, organised by Avalon Rising, including speakers Greg Sams, Hugh Newman, Lucy Wyatt, Serena Roney-Dougal, Richard Creightmore, Julie Rocka and more. The Green Gathering is the festival and is on a beautiful site overlooking the Severn Bridge. See full line-up here.

I've edited two more short videos about the megalithic quarries at Gobekli Tepe and Karahan Tepe that were filmed on our recent tour to Turkey. I've edited two more short videos about the megalithic quarries at Gobekli Tepe and Karahan Tepe that were filmed on our recent tour to Turkey.

See full details of the upcoming tour to both these sites here: www.megalithomania.co.uk/edentour2014.html

Andrew Collins and I are also proud to announce the ancient mysteries event of the year - the Origins 2014 conference to be held in London on Saturday, November 15th and Sunday, November 16th. The Saturday conference will feature presentations from Professor Irving Finkel ("The Ark Before Noah"), Robert Temple (The Sirius Mystery Revisted), Brien Foerster via Skype from Peru (The Mystery of the Long Headed Elites, and the latest DNA Evidence on the Paracas Skulls), Manjir Samanta Laughton ("Black Holes and the Origins of Civilization"), Hugh Newman ("The Megalithic Giants: The Lost History of a Forgotten Race"), and Andrew Collins ("Rise of the Human Hybrids and the Mysteries of Göbekli's sister site, Karahan Tepe"). Venue is, as for Origins 2013, Steiner House, London NW1. Basic tickets are £48, plus there is an optional London Walkabout around the British Museum on the Sunday. For all details and to register immediately:
www.andrewcollins.com/page/conference/origins2014.htm


Anyway, we look forward to seeing you fellow Megalithomaniacs on one of our expeditions this year and wish you all well.

Hugh Newman - Megalithomaniac



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Grodzisko Żydowska Górka - Rogoźno

. Hillfort in Wielkopolskie. The early medieval grodzisko (remains of the earth-and-wooden stronghold) is located just north of town of Rogoźno, on the right bank of the Wełna river.

Castle Howe (Little Langdale)

. Hillfort in Cumbria. Castle Howe is a small volcanic "lump" guarding Wrynose Pass and has been interpreted as a small settlement / hill fort from the Iron Age or possibly earlier. Wrynose has probably been a trackway since Neolithic times and would have been an important route to connecting the west coast via the Duddon Valley and Great Langdale where the axe factories are located.

Petroglyph Provincial Park (Ontario)

. Rock Art in Ontario.The carvings, some 900 of them, are protected under a modern purpose built shelter. Commonly known as the "rocks that that teach" they are the largest known single concentration of Aboriginal rock art in Canada. Thought to have been the work of an Algonquin speaking group the origins are uncertain although they are thought to predate the arrival of Europeans in North America.

Göbekli Tepe

Prof Klaus Schmidt, Göbeklitepe pioneer dies age 61, and a new study shows Neolithic Near East more fertile than today. See the latest comments on our page. Ancient Temple in South Eastern Turkey, on the Harran plain towards Syria near one of the Euphrates arms. Ancient Late Pre Pottery Neolithic B temple site dated to 9,000 BC and apparently abandoned when the water supply dried up.

Harran

. Remains of ancient settlement in Tell (mound) south of Şanlıurfa, Turkey. It is mentioned in the bible as the city where Terah settled on his departure from Ur and from where Abraham set out on from on his way to Canaan, among others.

Simonburn

See Anne Tate's site visit log for more of her recent visits, or start your own log of sites you have visited, or would like to.. We know this Northumberland stone circle as either: Davy's Lee Stone Circle, King's Crag Stone Circle or Haughton Common Stone Circle, rather than Simonburn Stone Circle, although the Grid Reference is the same. Having spotted a group of features that looked interesting: Davy's Lee Settlement, Davy's Lee Stone Circle and various tumuli, we decided to take advantage of the sunshine and walk to this area.