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Prof. TIMOTHY DARVILL
Building a Human Henge
/ The Stonehenge Calendar Discovery

Lecture 1: Human Henge was a project undertaken to explore how archaeological sites could be used to help people with their mental health well-being. It was built from two key ideas. First, that Stonehenge, and many other prehistoric and later sites like it, were originally places of healing. And second, that ancient sites can and should have a wide range of societally relevant uses in the modern world. Both ideas are briefly explored in order to highlight key themes that were woven together in the development of Human Henge’s cultural heritage therapy. This used the iconic sites of Stonehenge and Avebury and their surrounding landscapes as arenas within which participants could be creative while safely exploring places in unfamiliar ways. Through programmes of participant-led activities, local people living with mental health problems came together for fun and therapeutic adventures, assisted by experts, carers, support workers, and contributors from a range of different cultures. By journeying through the World Heritage Site, spending time at a selection of the monuments, thinking, talking, singing, dancing, and making music, it became possible for them to connect with the landscape, the skyscape, the archaeology, and, most importantly, to re-connect with themselves and with other participants.

Lecture 2: Advances in understanding the phasing of Stonehenge highlight the integrity of the sarsen structures. Here it is suggested that the numerology of the sarsen elements materialize a perpetual calendar based on a tropical solar year of 365.25 days, starting at the winter solstice. The indigenous development of such a calendar in north-west Europe is possible, but a source in the eastern Mediterranean is also considered. The adoption of a solar calendar, perhaps a replacement for an earlier lunar calendar, was associated with the spread of solar cosmologies during the third millennium BC and was used to regularize festivals and ceremonies.

Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology in Bournemouth University. His research interests focus on the early farming communities of northwest Europe and archaeological resource management. As well as excavating at Stonehenge in 2008 he has also investigated prehistoric sites and landscapes in England, Wales, Isle of Man, Germany, Russia, and Malta.

ANDREW COLLINS
Karahan Tepe: Civilisation of the Ancients

Karahan Tepe is unquestionably the greatest archaeological discovery of the twenty-first century. A sister site of Gobekli tepe, it is located around 30 miles away in the Tektek Mountains of southeast Turkey. Since 2019 archaeological teams under the command of Dr Necmi Karul of Istanbul University have uncovered huge stone enclosures forming part of a massive ceremonial complex covering an area of around 10 hectacres. The 11,000-year-old monumental architecture present at Karahan Tepe displays precision geometry, astronomical alignments, immense sophistication in design as well as a mindset of its inhabitants wherein it is clear that the objectives of constructing these special buildings was to connect with a cosmic source recognized by the symbol of the snake. Most important of all about the discoveries being made right now at Karahan Tepe is that it tells us Gobekli Tepe was not some one off anomaly but was part of an extremely sophisticated society that can now be recognized as a lost civilization of the ancients that thrived in the immediately aftermath of the last ice age. Andrew reveals everything we know so far about Karahan Tepe, having investigated the culture behind its creation across the past 25 years and visited Karahan Tepe on many occasions. He attempts to answer the questions of who built it, when, and why, and relates its builders to the Watchers and Nephilim of the Book of Enoch and the Anunnaki of Sumerian and Babylonian mythological tradition.

Andrew Collins is one of the world’s most renowned authorities on the world of Gobekli Tepe, being the first ancient mysteries writer to feature it in book form within his 2006 book The Cygnus Mystery. He has gained a strong reputation for reporting the facts correctly and in a manner accessible to a general audience. Andrew is also a lead proponent of the concept of a lost civilization and has a massive following on social media and on YouTube, where he regularly posts videos on the latest discoveries in the ancient mysteries subject. His key video on Karahan’s Discoveries can by found at the following link: https://youtu.be/UX0RVWq_1Do. His website is www.andrewcollins.com

KATHY JONES
Goddess Temples: From Ancient Times to the Present day in the Western World

A visual exploration of the many and varied landscape and built Temple spaces in which Goddess has been honoured, experienced and worshipped throughout the ages. Kathy will present her ideas of the ways in which Goddess was beloved by the peoples of ancient European lands as shown through the Temples and Sacred Spaces which were created for Her in many different cultures. These Temple spaces were found everywhere up to the ending of the Neolithic era, and modified and changed as patriarchal values entered in. Most are now in ruins.

Kathy Jones is a Priestess of Avalon, Crone Priestess of Goddess, Founder, Creative Director & Temple Weaver of Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Goddess Hall & Goddess House. She is Founder of Glastonbury Goddess Conference & Motherworld Initiator. She has lived on the Isle of Avalon in Glastonbury for over forty years and loves this sacred land of Goddess. She is a ceremonialist, teacher, writer, wounded healer, initiator, Temple Melissa and sacred dramatist. She is the author of several acclaimed Goddess books, including: "The Ancient British Goddess", "Priestess of Avalon, Priestess of Goddess", "Soul & Shadow: Birthing MotherWorld”,  and in 2021 "In the Mysterium of the Lady of Avalon” and “MotherWorld”. Kathy offers with other dedicated Priestesses, a 3 Spiral Training to become a Priestess or Priest of Avalon, and other Goddess and Soul Healing trainings. https://kathyjones.co.uk - https://goddesstemple.co.uk/

RALPH ELLIS
Dating the Megaliths: From Egypt to Stonehenge

When was the Megalithic era? We are told that it was around 4,500 years ago, and yet many of the megaliths display weathering patterns that might suggest a much older age.  One method of discovering a more accurate age is through precessional astronomy - the study of how monuments that are aligned with solar events can be dated via the Earth’s axial precession. Surprisingly, this study began with Flinders Petrie, back in 1880, and continued with Lockyer in 1900, Prof Atkinson in 1955, Prof Hawkins in 1965, and Prof Hoyle in 1977.  However, each of these studies has its problems, and so Ralph Ellis revisits the precessional dating of the megaliths. 

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

MARIA WHEATLEY
Stanton Drew, Goddess Veneration and Lunar Alignments

Maria will demonstrate how Stanton Drew, Avebury and Stonehenge were associated with goddess worship. Women played a central role in prehistory; in the Neolithic era, certain long barrows housed important female shaman/healers who were given distinguished burials alongside their shamanic grave goods. During the Bronze Age, women were especially revered - even after death - as their memory lived on in extraordinary rites and customs. Maria draws you deeper into the ‘feminine’ past by showing how one particular phase of the Moon’s Metonic cycle was intimately connected to the crone aspect of the triple goddess. More spectacular than a Full Moon, this four-to-five-day lunar event was woven into some stone settings creating a visual drama in the night-time sky. This lunar period appears to have symbolised the transformation of death to rebirth, from the old to the new, and we too can interact with these alchemic lunar energies on this special and holiest of nights. .

Master Dowser and archaeologist, Tom Lethbridge, discovered that the prehistoric masons left behind a bionic code in the stones they mauled (dressed - made smoother). Adopting his technique, Maria has extensively dowsed many stone circles and stone statues and discovered that some of the master masons were women and the stones they dressed were placed in notable locations. This talk celebrates the accomplishments of prehistoric women, the lunar rite they once revered and the sacred sites where we can witness this forthcoming lunar event in the heavens above. https://theaveburyexperience.co.uk


PETER KNIGHT & SUE WALLACE
Albion Dreamtime: Connecting to the Sacred Land

Pete and Sue are authors and sacred sites guides, and return to Megalithomania to give an inspiring presentation (which includes video and live drumming) based on their latest book, Albion Dreamtime: Re-enchanting the Isle of Dragons. They will explore the ancient origins of Britain’s hunter-gatherer visitors and settlers (from Neanderthals to homo sapiens) and how these people had a deep, shamanic connection to natural sacred places such as caves and rock formations displaying simulacra. Pete and Sue tell of their questing to such places, and suggest how a profound, symbiotic connection with Nature today may be the way forward in these times of climate change. They will also lead Monday’s Dartmoor tour, and you can meet them at their stand over this weekend.

Pete and Sue live near Avebury, Wiltshire, and facilitate Stone Seeker Tours. They lead shamanic and mindfulness tours and workshops across Southern England and Wales. Between them they have published 12 books about megalithic sites, ley lines, and ancient wisdom. Through their books, talks and tours Peter and Sue help people to dowse the earth energies, meditate at megalithic sites and in caves, as well as feel the awesome power of the acoustic properties of Neolithic chambers and caves using sacred shamanic drumming. Through their work, they explain what was in the hearts and minds of the people who built the ancient sites and how they were symbiotically connected to the landscape both physically and spiritually. Their belief is that by better understanding ancient wisdom, we can reconnect with our landscapes and Planet Earth in a more meaningful and fulfilling way. They have appeared on both TV and radio, and will also be available for book-signing at their stall over the weekend, and will lead the Megalithomania minibus tour to Dartmoor on Monday. For more info on their 2020 programme: www.stoneseeker.net

THOMAS GOUGH & PETER HARRIS
A New Dimension to Ancient Measures and introducing a new unit of measurement

The primary purpose of the book and this lecture is to establish that the unit of length, the HSMF, (Harris and Stockdale Megalithic Foot) at 1.1785 feet, as deduced by Peter Harris and Norman Stockdale, was known and used in prehistoric Britain. In the book, "A New Dimension to Ancient Measures", the dimensions of stone circles together with other megalithic remains were used to test for the HSMF. An unexpected consequence of this, following confirmation of the HSMF 's existence by using independent, computer statistical analysis, is that it has revealed much more about these megalithic structures and the abilities of the builder's than previously thought, with particular reference to their knowledge and use of geometry, astronomy, metrology and social organisation. The lecture will present the relevant data used in the creation of the book plus some new, additional and important information

Dr Thomas Gough biography

Following an honours degree in chemistry (with mathematics) at St Andrews University, Dr Thomas Gough, while working towards a PhD, became interested in astronomy. In 1971 he joined a small team of observers tasked with finding a good site in the northern hemisphere for a new observatory. The project base was the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. In 1972 with one assistant a possible site on the high northern rim of the caldera on the Island of La Palma in the Canary Islands was tested for six weeks. The high quality of the site was confirmed by a full year of testing. The Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory now there is of world renown. From 1975-1980 he taught in Scotland at an independent school in the Highlands. From 1980-84 he circumnavigated the world, in his own 40 foot yacht. He was single handed to New Zealand. All navigation at this time was by sextant. He then returned to teaching. In 2007 he began theodolite based investigation of solar and lunar alignments as espoused by Professor Alexander Thom. In 2016 he became interested in the HSMF through the published work of Peter Harris.

Peter Harris B.Ed. biography

Peter Harris is formerly a High School teacher and Special Needs Head of Department in Northern England. He has spent nearly 50 years visiting, surveying, measuring and researching Megalithic sites throughout Britain and has written many related articles. His first book was published in 2015 entitled, "Astronomy and Measurement in Megalithic Architecture". He has a dedicated HSMF thread on the Megalithic Portal. Since retirement, Peter, who has received representative honours across a wide range of sports, is to be found indulging his love for nature and the outdoors, by walking on the Cumbrian hills and fells. Drawing on all of these various sources he continues to produce and exhibit, unique and imaginative artwork.

TOM BREE
John Michell, Keith Critchlow and Cosmic Anamnesis
The John Michell Memorial Lecture, introduced by Christine Rhone

The word 'anamnesis' literally means 'remembrance'. But rather than memories of previous events in one's own life-history, anamnesis is a remembrance of the Eternal and the Unchanging. Geometry and Arithmetic are central to this kind of spiritual contemplation because of their universal and unchanging nature. Whatever culture we are in and whichever 'spherical' planet we are on, the same laws of number and measure apply to each and every one of us. So, to build enormous geometric structures which embody geometry and reflect cosmology can be a profound spiritual practice that has the capacity to awaken the soul to the Divine Mind that is forever contemplating the eternal forms of number. This talk will focus upon the irresistible human desire to contemplate and embody the spiritual world through the building of cosmic temples, whether they be megalithic structures, medieval cathedrals, or even music festival stages. Particular attention will be paid to the work of John Michell and Keith Critchlow who, as recent advocates and practitioners of 'cosmic anamnesis', encouraged a return to the ancient mind in which the stars descend to earth as stones.

Tom Bree is a geometer-artist, teacher and writer living in Wells in south-west England. He teaches practical geometry classes and gives talks in the UK and abroad but primarily for the Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts in London where he also studied under the renowned Master-Geometer Professor Keith Critchlow. For the past decade Tom has been slowly studying the use of geometry, cosmology and musical ratios in Gothic cathedral design with a particular emphasis upon the first English Gothic cathedral in his hometown of Wells. He is about to publish a large and fully illustrated book on the subject called The Cosmos in Stone. Tom has also recently instigated an educational project in Wells called ‘The Wells Institute for Sophia in Education (‘WISE’)’, which fuses practical arts with philosophy in the light of sacred tradition..

HUGH NEWMAN & JJ AINSWORTH
Geometry of the Goddess at Göbekli Tepe and Karahan Tepe

Hugh shares new research from southeast Anatolia, looking at the time before Göbekli Tepe, how the site came into being and how geometric principles found in British stone circles are also found at Göbekli Tepe and Karahan Tepe. Hugh and JJ will also present their discovery of a Winter Solstice alignment at Karahan Tepe and how this led JJ to deciphering symbols at this site and others, revealing goddess cults throughout the ‘Tas Tepeler’ region.

Hugh Newman is an explorer, megalithomaniac and author of Earth Grids: The Secret Pattern of Gaia’s Sacred Sites (2008), Stone Circles (2017) and co-author of Giants on Record (2015), Megalith: Studies in Stone (2018), Geomancy (2021) and The Giants of Stonehenge and Ancient Britain (2021). He has been a regular guest on History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and featured in Search for the Lost Giants. As well as organising the Megalithomania conferences and tours. He lives very close to Stonehenge. Jj Ainsworth is a researcher and explorer based in the US, who is an expert on ancient symbolism and connections between sites worldwide. She has featured on numerous radio shows, has published articles on www.ancient-origins.net, and presented for the first time at Megalithomania in Glastonbury in May 2018.

HUGH EVANS
Origin of the Zodiac, Cadair Idris and the Star Maps of Gwynedd

What is a star map, and what specifically is the Star Maps of Gwynedd in North Wales? Why make a star map; especially one as big as the Star Maps of Gwynedd covering a million acres? Who made the Star Maps of Gwynedd centred at the sacred mountain Cadair Idris, was it Enoch? Where was the Origin of the Zodiac, what were the signs that it was in Gwynedd? When was the Star Maps of Gwynedd made? Are these Star Maps older than Gobekli Tepe?

Hugh Evans is a graduate engineer and finance professional with a lifelong fascination of the stars. Having studied Astrophysics at University, Hugh graduated in Aeronautical Engineering. Hugh entered business on graduating his Masters and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Now pathfinding a fascinating trail back in time and myth, Hugh is following his passion: the stars and ancient history. Hugh is applying scientific theory, engineering rigour and professional scrutiny to understand our ancient astronomer ancestors. A chance set of circumstances resonated with Hugh's lifelong research and sent him on the odyssey around North Wales and the heavens. The result is Hugh's first book, Origin of the Zodiac, Cadair Idris and the Star Maps of Gwynedd. A startling achievement, identifying the largest Neolithic site on Earth, and perhaps the most ancient 'mechanism'. Hugh's work is continuing and illuminating the distant antediluvian past that links the ancients including Sumeria and the Pharaohs to Atlantis. The ramifications will shake everything we think we know about ancient history and our origins.
https://originofthezodiac.com/



JOHN MARTINEAU
Speakers Forum Host

John is the regular host of the speakers forum at Megalithomania, and this year he will be doing so once more, but online! So if you have any questions for the speakers, please put them in the chat box and John will choose the most sensible ones, and comment on the not so sensible questions!

John founded Megalithomania with Hugh Newman and Gareth Mills in late 2005 and has spoken regulary at Megalithomania and other conferences in Britain, South Africa and Europe. John graduated in Philosophy from Bristol University and spent a few years in the early computer games industry before completing a Master’s degree at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. John’s project at the School was focused on geometry and harmony in the solar system, and culminated in his Book of Coincidence, which he published under a new imprint, Wooden Books, a series of richly-illustrated and fascinating books exploring the age-old themes of nature, pattern, cosmos, design, ancient sites and geometry. Wooden Books now lists more than 60 titles, with 2.5 million printed copies in 25 languages; in 2007, it won Best Non-Fiction Series at the New York Book Show. He lives in Suffolk, UK.

SATURDAY 7th MAY 2022:
SUNDAY 8th MAY 2022:
SCHEDULE TO BE CONFIRMED

9.30am: Registration
10:00 am: Peter Knight and Sue Wallace
11.00 am: BREAK
11.15 am: Hugh Evans
12.15 pm: BREAK
12:30 pm: Kathy Jones
1.30 pm: LUNCH
2.45 pm: Thomas Gough and Peter Harris
3.45 pm: BREAK
4.00 pm: Prof. Tim Darvill part 1
5.00 pm: BREAK
5.30 pm: Andrew Collins
6.45 pm: END
SCHEDULE TO BE CONFIRMED

9.30am: Registration
10:00 am: Hugh Newman & JJ Ainsworth
11.00 am: BREAK
11.15 am: Maria Wheatley
12.15 pm: BREAK
12:30 pm: Ralph Ellis
1.30 pm: LUNCH
2.45 pm: John Michell Memorial Lecture - Tom Bree
Introduced by Christine Rhone
3.45 pm: BREAK
4.00 pm: Prof. Tim Darvill part 2
5.00pm: BREAK
5.30 pm: Speakers Forum hosted by John Martineau
Closing Remarks
6.30 pm: END

 

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