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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. One of them looks at the 10,500 year-old Karahan Tepe, that is the sister site to Gobekli Tepe. My latest article is about the megalithic quarries at Aswan in Egypt, that contains the famous 1168 ton Obelisk. View it here. Plus below is my new video from my two visits there in 2010 and 2012. There are several more articles coming soon, so keep an eye on www.ancient-origins.net.

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:

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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Edderton 1

Free guided walk to the Edderton Pictish Symbol Stones on Saturday September 27th as part of Scottish Archaeology Month, see the comment on our page for more details. The Edderton Class I Pictish symbol stone, pointed at the top, stands in a field close to this Highland village. It is a red-sandstone pillar stone standing 10 foot high and dating from the 5th-7th century AD.


One Night in Prehistory at Haddo Country Park, Weds Sept 17th. A look at the prehistoric objects held by Aberdeenshire Museum Service and a fire-lit talk in the woods!. Stone Circle in Aberdeenshire

Moncreiffe Hill

Possible gaming piece, bead, quern, rampart walls found. Looking rather like it is a hillfort as suspected. Moncreiffe Hill (Perth and Kinross) is believed to have the remains of two hillforts on its top, but this has never been proven through excavation. In September 2014 a team of archaeologists from AOC have been tackling the smaller of the two.

Kasagala Vihara

. The Kasagala temple in Sri Lanka was built by King Kavantissa, inscriptions from the 2nd century BCE to 2nd century CE can be found. One inscription says that the temple was renovated by King Dappula of Rohana in 659 CE. Today many ancient ruins of buildings with pillars - the locals call them "poles of the kingĀ“s time - can be found. Some pillars look like standing stones.


The Urban Prehistorian visits Dalginross / The Roundel / The Court Knoll / Dunmhoid / Dunvoid stone circle. This four-poster is in a peaceful location beside Muirend Cemetery at Dalginross, a village attached to Comrie. Situated on a small raised mound, only one of the stones remains upright. A stone cist and an urn of ashes were found here in the 19th century.

Drombeg Stone Circle

Revolutionary (heretical?) theories on Neolithic sculpture, precision astronomy, cross continent contact and more from Terence Meaden and co-presenters at UISPP 17th World Congress on Prehistory and Protohistory, see comment and forum thread for more. Thirteen out of the original 17 stones of this impressive circle survive, the most westerly of which is the fine axial, which has 2 egg-shaped cup-marks, one with a surrounding ring. The 2 portal stones (1.8 meters high) are as usual on the NE side. Radiocarbon tests on the cremated burial found in the centre of the circle nave a date between 150 BC and 130 AD, though the circle itself is almost certainly Bronze Age.