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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.


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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!


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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.


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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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