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World Mummification
Saturday October 8, 2016 7:30pm EST
by Dr. Ken Jeremiah
World Mummification

Join History Channel personality Dr. Ken Jeremiah for a Chat with an Expert on June 28th at 7:30 ET.  Ken has written numerous books, including Living Buddhas, Christian Mummification, and Eternal Remains. 

He will be leading a conversation about the religious and spiritual beliefs that make bodily preservation necessary in worldwide cultures.  It is entitled World Mummification and the Beliefs that Make it Necessary.  Many topics will be covered, including Europe’s bog bodies, the mummification of Christian saints, the amazing process of Japanese self-mummification, and the Jivaro practice of shrinking heads.

Mummies, whether they were naturally or artificially preserved, fascinate the living.  Their existence causes humans to ponder the past, and to consider their own inevitable deaths.  While researching the reasons behind mummification, it becomes clear that despite apparent cultural differences, human beings are alike.  Their ideas concerning life and death are also similar, if not downright the same.  From indigenous tribes in the Americas that smoke dry their leaders, to Europeans who preserve and then dismember holy bodies, the underlying reasons are universal.  Attendees will discuss the ultimate significance of life and death based upon worldwide practices and beliefs.  It should be an interesting and inspiring session.  We hope you can join us!

Mayan Queens - The Earliest Women Heads of Government in the Americas
Thursday September 29, 2016 7:30pm EST
by Leonide Martin
Mayan Queens - The Earliest Women Heads of Government in the Americas

As Americans prepare to vote in the first US presidential election with a major party woman candidate, it's instructive to realize that women at the head of government is nothing new. In a much-anticipated return, guest author and expert Leonide Martin speaks in an Ancient Origins Premium Talk with an Expert chat, discussing Mayan Queens. 

The ancient Mayas were the first culture in the Americas to have numerous women in highest leadership positions. These "Mayan queens" were actually K'uhul Ixik or "Holy Ladies" and frequently given the masculine title K'uhul Ahau, "Holy Lord." The Mayan rulership system did not work like the European one; succession was not strictly hereditary although several Maya dynasties ruled for hundreds of years. Male succession was generally preferred, although many instances of women ruling in their own right have been recorded. Women rulers planned military strategies and at times led troops as Warrior Queens. Noble and elite women had high status in Maya society. Insights into how Mayan women rulers shaped the destiny of their people are given in my series Mists of Palenque, the stories of four great Mayan queens from the sixth through the eighth centuries CE. 

Leonide Martin is a retired California State University professor, former Family Nurse Practitioner, and is currently author and Maya researcher, studying Maya archeology, anthropology and history from the scientific and indigenous viewpoints.

In the Graves of Giants: Anomalous, Mystifying & Out of Place Artifacts
Monday August 29, 2016 7:30pm EST
by Hugh Newman
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Unusual artifacts were often reported along with giant skeletons all over North America: extra-large tools and weapons, tablets with peculiar writing, metal artifacts, mysterious ancient coins and medallions—even an ancient gun. All these out-of-place-artifacts were found in the graves of giants, and some can still be seen today.

In this much-requested Ancient Origins Talk to an Expert chat session, Hugh explores the strange and anomalous artifacts that have been uncovered in the graves of ‘giants’ in North America and looks at the wider phenomenon based upon the finds.

Hugh Newman is a world explorer, megalithomaniac and author of Earth Grids: The Secret Pattern of Gaia’s Sacred Sites (2008); co-author of Giants On Record: America’s Hidden History, Secrets in the Mounds and the Smithsonian Files with Jim Vieira (2015), and is published in three 'Ancient Origins' e-books. He has been a regular guest on History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and Search for the Lost Giants and organizes the annual Megalithomania conferences and tours and co-organizes the Origins Conference in London with Andrew Collins. His latest project is a follow up to Giants On Record, investigating giant accounts in the British Isles.

Werewolf or Warrior? Where do our Folklore Tales come from?
Wednesday July 20, 2016 7:30pm EST
by Charles Christian
Werewolf or Warrior? Where do our Folklore Tales come from?

Even the most incredible legends have a germ of truth at their root. From Gilgamesh and the Biblical Flood, to Dragons and Dinosaurs, to Vampires and Vlad the Impaler, and, more recently, Faeries and Flores Man. There is a constant stream of examples of what were once thought to be fanciful tales that are now seen to be based on scientific facts. 

This Talk to an Expert chat will be led by regular Ancient Origins contributor and Medieval History and Folklore expert Charles Christian, who was recently commissioned by an English newspaper to investigate a reported werewolf sighting, and will focus specifically on European Werewolf legends and whether they can be traced back to Viking Berserkers. Be prepared for bloody tales and sagas of crazed killers!

The Moon and the Stones
Monday May 30, 2016 7:30pm EST
by Maria Wheatley
The Moon and the Stones

Dramatic lunar alignments were incorporated into the megalithic architecture of  Stonehenge, Avebury and Callanish stone circles. We will explore what the ancients saw and how the Moon played a major role in night time ceremonies. Callanish stone circle is shaped like a Celtic Cross and positioned so that the Moon would rise at the exact centre of the circle and no other stone circle has such an extraordinary alignment.

Stonehenge is world famous for its annual summer solstice alignment, yet the Heel Stone aligns more accurately to the Moon is an overlooked fact. Likewise, at Avebury lunar alignments cast shadows and silver light that created a breathtaking Neolithic theatre that occurred once every 18.61 years. We will explore the visual effects of the Moon and the Stones and recall what our ancestors once viewed thousands of years ago.

Engineering Marvels of the Ancient Mayas
Thursday April 21, 2016 7:30pm EST
by Leonide Martin
Engineering Marvels of the Ancient Mayas

Ancient Mayas used lost principles of technology to construct grand cities towering above rainforest canopies, build water systems with underground reservoirs and aqueducts channeling water into structures, create elevated paved roads crossing miles of jungle, and engineer the longest suspension bridge in the ancient world. They knew structural mechanics for multistory buildings that were not exceeded in height until 1885, when the first skyscraper was build in Chicago. They invented a blast furnace to create concrete 2,000 years before it was patented in England. They had high-precision tools that were harder than iron in a land lacking metallic ore. Without large animals as beasts of burden to pull wheeled carts, they had efficient man-powered transport systems. Their complex hieroglyphs were one of the five original writing systems in the world.

Join Maya expert Leonide Martin, author of The Mayan Red Queen: Tz'aabk'u Ahau of Palenque, for an online chat to further explore how the Maya accomplished these feats during the time period from 200-900 CE, while Europe was in the Dark Ages.

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