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MEGALITHOMANIA GLASTONBURY CONFERENCE 2016

NEW VENUE, NEW FORMAT, OLD STONES!
Megalithomania returns on May 7th - 8th 2016 at the Town Hall, Glastonbury. We are now a two-day event, with megalithic tours on the Friday, Monday & Tuesday. Tickets are £85.00, Day Tickets £45, Individual lectures £10, Monday Tour £45, Tuesday Tour £45 .

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IMPORTANT: If for any reason you cannot make it to the conference after purchasing a ticket, please be aware we cannot offer refunds,
but we will give you full access to the live-stream or post-conference videos to watch from the comfort of your own home, at no extra charge
.  PLEASE NOTE: The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers, venue and schedule

SATURDAY 7th MAY:
SUNDAY 8th MAY
9.30am: Registration
10:00 am: Steve Marshall:
Exploring Avebury’s monuments, landscape and waterscape
11.00 am: Break
11.15 am: Hugh Newman:
Stone Circles from Around the World
12.15 pm: Break
12:30 pm: Yuri Leitch:
The British Secret Tradition and the Triangle of Michael
1.30 pm: Lunch
2.45 pm: Maria Wheatley:
The Elongated Skulls of Stonehenge and a lost Goddess Cult
3.45 pm: Break
4.00 pm: E.A. James Swagger:
The Megalith Acoustics Mystery: Altered States at Ancient Temples
5.00 pm: Break
5.15 pm: Keynote Lecture - Julian Richards:
Stonehenge: The Story so Far
6.30 pm: End
10:00 am: E.A. James Swagger:
Megalithic Osyssey: Origins & Cosmology of the Megalith Builders
11.00 am: Break
11.15 am: Yuri Leitch:
The Megalithic Sites of the Channel Islands
12.15 pm: Break
12:30 pm: Maria Wheatley:
Divining Ancient Sites
1.30 pm: Lunch
2.45 pm: Steve Marshall:
The John Michell Memorial Lecture, hosted by Christine Rhone
Voices of the Ancestors: Sounds of Prehistory.
3.45 pm: Break
4.00 pm: Brien Foerster (Online from Peru):
Megalithic Mastery in Peru, Egypt & Baalbek
5.15 pm: Break
5.30 pm: Speakers Forum hosted by Hugh Newman
6.15 pm: Closing Remarks.
6.30 pm: Conference Ends
JULIAN RICHARDS - Keynote Presentation
Stonehenge...The Story So Far
Stonehenge- even after centuries of investigation, continues to fascinate and generate countless theories about who built it, how was it built and, perhaps the most intriguing - why was it built? I this talk archaeologist Julian Richards will trace the development of our current understanding of Stonehenge, introducing some of the latest archaeological ideas and suggesting ways in which future research might answer some of our questions. Just don’t expect all the answers.

Julian is an archaeologist who has been involved with research on Stonehenge and its landscape for over 35 years. The author of the current Stonehenge guide book (and the ‘Pop Up Stonehenge’) he may be familiar as the presenter of BBC’s ‘Meet the Ancestors’. His exhibition ‘Wish you were here’ is currently on display at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre and he is planning Britain’s biggest stone moving experiment for 2017.
BRIEN FOERSTER
Megalithic Mastery in Peru, Egypt & Baalbek (Live online lecture from Peru)
There are many ancient megalithic sites on the planet which conventional academics try to, but can not explain. At the top of this list would be Peru, Bolivia, Egypt and Lebanon, where ancient works were achieved using technologies far beyond the capabilities of such people as the Inca and dynastic Egyptians, and in some cases beyond our present abilities. In this talk, Brien Foerster will show you many examples of lost ancient high technology from the distant past, will theorize what these technologies may have been, and the possibility that an ancient global cataclysm wiped out those that had made them.

After completing an Honours Bachelor Of Science degree, Brien took up traditional wood carving and sculpture at the age of 25. In 1995 he moved to Maui, Hawaii, and was hired as assistant project manager for the building of the 62 foot double hull sailing canoe (ancestor of the modern day catamaran) Mo’okiha O Pi’ilani (Sacred Lizard That Pierces The Heavens.) Peru became his next major area of interest, where he has been researching the elongated skull phenomenon and the pre-Inca megalithic sites for a decade. Brien is a regular on History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and leads annual tours to South America with Megalithomania. Brien has been made the cultural ambassador for the municipality of Paracas, and has written several books on ancient Peru and the Pacific & co-authored with David H Childress..
MARIA WHEATLEY
Elongated Skulls of Stonehenge and a lost Goddess Cult
Stonehenge–how was it built, why was it constructed and who built it– are three fundamental questions that have never been fully answered. Maria will focus on one important question: who built Stonehenge. She recently discovered that the Neolithic people of Stonehenge had elongated skulls. They resided and ruled in the Stonehenge environs for nearly 2000 years and raised elongated monuments that were the largest constructs in prehistory. They appear to have established a Goddess Cult and then suddenly genocide took place. These enigmatic and peaceful people were murdered and this factual evidence has gone by unnoticed for over 5000 years. This presentation is dedicated to their story and untold history.

Divining Ancient Sites

Ancient civilizations recognized that the Earth emits harmonic energy. Pyramids, stone circles and temples marked these special locations creating a striking beauty and terrestrial harmony. Separated by thousands of miles, monumental sites were connected by magnetic lines of force streaming over the surface of the Earth. Prehistoric geomancers revered two types of powerful energy. One kind is associated with the earth and the other with underground water and both emit certain frequencies and colours which can influence a monument constructed above it. Maria will explore the hidden esoteric design canons of sacred sites, the invisible colour frequencies of earth and water and why our ancient ancestors revered them.

Maria is a second-generation dowser who was taught by European Master Dowers and Chinese geomants. Maria is a leading authority on geodetic earth energies and ley lines. She is also an accomplished author of books on sacred sites and dowsing. She has continued her late father’s dowsing research into the esoteric design canons of prehistoric sites, Druidic ceremonial enclosures and the Knights Templar’s churches and cathedrals. Maria has studied Neolithic Britain and Bronze Age prehistory with the University of Bath and alongside other professionals, www.theaveburyexperience.co.uk
YURI LEITCH
The British Secret Tradition and the Triangle of Michael
In the 1930s, occultists, Katharine Maltwood (discoverer of the Glastonbury Zodiac) and Dion Fortune (author of many books on the occult) promoted aspects of the Triangle of Michael - Glastonbury Tor, St Michael's Mount in Cornwall, and Mont St Michel in France. Each of these places belonged to the Benedictine order of monks who appear to have had knowledge of 'lines of power' across the landscape of the British Isles and Europe. The three sides of this huge triangle project onwards creating 'the Great Dragon Line', The Michael Line (from Cornwall to the Norfolk coast); the Michael Apollo Line (down through classical Europe); and the Celtic, Lugh Line, that runs from the western isles of Scotland, through France and into the Pyrenees.

The Megalithic Sites of the Channel Islands
A non-stop introduction to the mysteries and megaliths of the Channel Islands; incorporating - Neanderthal caves; dolmens and menhirs; spectral black hounds; Puck and White Ladies; sacred springs and Druid Circles stolen from Jersey and rebuilt in Oxfordshire - not to forget a standing stone with breasts and the Devil's own hole! .

Yuri Leitch is a Glastonbury-based artist, writer and Psychic Quester. For many years he has researched the life and intrigues of the mystical sculptor, Katharine Maltwood, famous for her discovery of the Temple of the Stars (Glastonbury Zodiac. He is a major contributor to the book - The Signs and Secrets of the Glastonbury Zodiac (2013).
E.A. JAMES SWAGGER
The Megalith Acoustics Mystery: Altered States at Ancient Temples
Research of Ancient Acoustic Mysteries Will reveal the power Archaeoacoustics as a discipline can reveal about ancient sites. Megalithic Chambered mounds - Acoustic Chambers – Measurements, Research & Analysis Will discuss the concept of the Helmholtz resonator as a passage tomb layout. Geometry equals acoustic effects. Will show the deliberate design techniques of Hypogeums Acoustics, Altered States and the Power to Heal The benefits and effects of the chambers on the peoples who built them.

Megalithic Odyssey: Origins & Cosmology of the Megalith Builders
Details coming soon...

E.A. James Swagger trained as a Systems Analyst in the energy industry. He has a taught Masters degree in engineering, a Bachelors degree in Physics with astronomy, and a Masters degree in Science, Research and Society. Initially James Swagger sought out the megalithic monuments of Western Europe in his spare time traveling around the UK, Ireland, and Denmark. His embrace of a multidisciplinary approach to the research of megalithic sites, and the larger view of 'passage grave cosmology' produced his first book, "The Newgrange Sirius Mystery: Linking Passage Grave Cosmology with Dogon Symbology". He also hosts his very own internet radio show called Capricorn Radio, which explores historical mysteries. www.jamesswagger.com
STEVE MARSHALL
Exploring Avebury’s monuments, landscape and waterscape
Why was Avebury built where it is? With a stunning slideshow, Steve takes us on virtual tour of the Avebury area, exploring the relationship between the monuments and the natural features that influenced their siting. Steve’s many surprising discoveries include a network of previously unknown warm springs that are integral to Silbury and other monuments. The springs, and natural outcrops of huge sarsen stones, made this a ‘special place’ and may have attracted people to Avebury thousands of years before any construction began.

The John Michell Memorial Lecture, hosted by Christine Rhone
Voices of the Ancestors: Sounds of Prehistory.

Steve Marshall introduces archaeoacoustics. Using a slideshow, video and surround sound, he shows how sound played an important role in the lives of prehistoric people. We hear musical stalactites that were played in a Spanish cave 27,000 years ago, and explore some of Avebury’s strange sound properties. Steve shows how the mystical bull roarer, probably the world’s oldest musical instrument, may have been used to resonate stone tombs such as long barrows, in mind-altering rites of initiation. Sound frequencies too low to hear may still be felt and can affect brainwave activity, producing ‘altered states’. The audience will be able to experience this for themselves, when Steve generates infrasound in the Town Hall!

A professional musician and film composer for most of his life, Steve Marshall worked for a time in the famous BBC Radiophonic Workshop. He now researches and writes on archaeology. Steve’s work appears regularly in Fortean Times and other journals; his new book ‘Exploring Avebury: The Essential Guide’ will be published by The History Press in the spring of 2016. www.exploringavebury.com
HUGH NEWMAN
Prehistoric Stone Circles Around the World
In this lecture, founder of Megalithomania and ancient sites explorer Hugh Newman, reveals how recent discoveries in Britain are confirming what Prof. Alexander Thom said all along - that stone circles are astronomically aligned, are part of a greater geodetic survey, encode sophisticated measurement systems, and were built using advanced geometry. Over 1000 stone circles have been recorded in Britain, but sites such as Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, Carahunge in Armenia, and Msoura in Morocco, are rewriting the dating and origins of the stone circle builders. These rings of stone have now been recorded worldwide, including in countries such as Peru, Argentina, North America, South Africa, Nubia, Gambia, Australia, Japan, France and across most of Europe (often called 'Cromlechs'). We will take a look at who may have built them, and why. The purpose of stone circles will also come under the spotlight in this presentation, as subtle earth energies, underground water, and unusual geology, as recorded by scientists such as John Burke, have been detected at these sites. The positioning of the sites in relation to other sites within the landscape, suggest their geomantic location was also an integral part of their design. Hugh will also look at the early theories, interpretations, folklore, and effects these circles have had on antiquarians, artists and researchers since they were put back in the spotlight by John Aubrey and William Stukeley in the 1600's and 1700's, with some of their early insights now being confirmed by modern science.

Hugh Newman is an author, conference organiser, world explorer, tour host, and Megalithomaniac. As well as organising the Megalithomania conferences, 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 co-author of 'Giants On Record' with Jim Vieira, and has published numerous articles.

Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Tours

FRIDAY 6th MAY:
SACRED SITES AROUND GLASTONBURY
£25 inc entrance to Glastonbury Abbey and Chalice Well. 2.00 - 6.00pm. Meet in Glastonbury Town Hall Car Park. Walking tour to Chalice Well, Red & White Springs, Glastonbury Tor, The Egg Stone, Michael & Mary Lines, Glastonbury Abbey. £25 Includes entrance fees to Chalice Well & Abbey, with tour leaders Tor Webster and Shaun Kirwan.
MONDAY 9th MAY:
THE ANCIENT STONES AND TORS OF DARTMOOR
£45 inc coach. Lunch not included in price. Meet 9.15am in Glastonbury Town Hall Car Park. Peter Knight will guide us through the sacred landscape of Dartmoor, with sites including Merrivale Stone rows, and nearby Megalith and stone circle. We will then walk up to Great Staple Tor nearby, to look at the simulacra, the rock outcrops, to view other tors, and look down at merrivale to see its landscape setting; lunch at Princetown (there are several cafes and a pub), and then come back north via the Shovel Down stone rows and nearby Kestor, with its simulacra and rock basins.
TUESDAY 10th MAY:
MEGALITHS & WATERWAYS OF AVEBURY AND ITS LANDSCAPE
: 9.15am - 5.30pm.
£45 inc coach. Lunch not included in price. Meet 9.15am in Glastonbury Town Hall Car Park. Maria Wheatley and Steve Marshall will guide us around Avebury Stone Circle, the stone avenues, Silbury Hill and West Kennet Longbarrow. Maria will show us the hidden energies of the landscape and Steve will give us insights and show us secrets of how the Avebury builders utilised water into the great design. He will also demonstrate acoustic experiments in West Kennet Long Barrow. We will get lunch at Avebury.

GLASTONBURY UK CONFERENCE INFO

The Conference main event takes place in The Town Hall - which is in the centre of Glastonbury. See map Above. Parking is next door in the Abbey Car Park
Check out 'The Town Hall' venue here
Local Hotels & B&B's here

BY TRAIN: The nearest stations to Glastonbury are Castle Cary (30 mins drive), Taunton, Bristol (55 mins drive) and Bath. Connections to Glastonbury by Buses from all stations are available. Enquiries:
National Rail (Trains to Bristol) 08457 48 49 50
First ( Buses from Bristol) 0870 6082608

BY AIR: The nearest local airports are Bristol and Exeter. Buses to Glastonbury available from both city centres.
From London Heathrow and Gatwick, trains/buses to Reading connect with trains to Bristol, Bath, Castle Cary.
coaches from both airports to Bristol connecting to Glastonbury. Enquiries: National Express or call 08705 808080

BY ROAD: Glastonbury is on A39 and A361 in Somerset. From London, take the M3 on to the A303. Stay on A303 past Wincanton and Sparkford to Podimore roundabout. Take A372 Langport Road to B3151 intersection. Turn right onto B3151 sign posted to Somerton and Street. Follow signs to Glastonbury from Somerton (journey takes 2 - 3 hours depending on traffic).

BY BUS: From Bristol, Bath, Taunton, Bridgwater and Wells local First buses come to Glastonbury.
High Speed Coaches arrive daily from London (operators: Bakers Dolphin, National Express). Enquiries: First 0870 6082608
National Express 08705 808080

September 2016
ANCIENT EGYPT & BAALBEK TOUR
Andrew Collins, Hugh Newman
and Khemit Mystery School
Details here
October 2016
GOBEKLI TEPE MINI TOUR

Andrew Collins & Hugh Newman

Details here
November 2016
PERU & BOLIVIA TOUR
Brien Foerster, Jim Vieira, H Newman
Details here