When the Ancient World got a Soundtrack
Wednesday September 27, 2017 4:00pm EST
by Paul Devereux
When the Ancient World got a Soundtrack

The technical term for the study of sound at archaeological sites is “archaeoacoustics”, an area Paul Devereux has been involved in for over 20 years, even before it became the ‘in thing’.  In his return to Ancient Origins Premium, Paul will describe the three basic ways sound can be studied at various ancient sites, using many site examples from around the ancient world. And, yes, he will play soundtrack clips from some of them, so you can hear the old stones ‘speak’!

Paul is editor of Time & Mindthe Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture, the author of the ground-breaking ‘Stone Age Soundtracks’ (signed copies obtainable from PaulDevereux.co.uk), and he will be giving the keynote address at the ‘Archaeoacoustics III’ conference in Tomar, Portugal, early in October – shortly after this webinar, in fact. AO Premium Members will be getting a sneak-peek at the things that will be discussed at the conference.

Paul Devereux BA, FRSA, is one of the pioneers of what used to be called “earth mysteries”, a field that later morphed into “ancient mysteries” and other terminology, having worked in the subject area for over four decades. Paul has authored 27 books and has written many dozens of articles for both popular and academic publications.  His main areas of research interest and involvement include multi-perspective studies of ancient sacred places and landscapes, the exploration of sound at archaeological sites (‘archaeoacoustics’), unexplained aerial phenomena (which he terms ‘earth lights’), the use of altered mind states by ancient peoples, along with general consciousness studies (including a major program of dreamwork at ancient sites). 

Paul Devereux is author of Stone Age Soundtracks| Paul Devereux.co.uk

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Lost ‘Icon’ of an Advanced Universal Religion in the Prehistoric Past
Thursday August 17, 2017 6:00pm EST
by Richard Cassaro
Lost ‘Icon’ of an Advanced Universal Religion in the Prehistoric Past

Significant evidence now exists that ancient cultures worldwide were all connected by a powerful religious symbol—which researcher Richard Cassaro has named the ‘GodSelf Icon’—that is especially conspicuous among the pyramid cultures. 

Bringing spectacular images and evidence to the fore, Richard Cassaro joins Ancient Origins Premium for an exciting and eye-opening webinar, showing parallel ancient images of the GodSelf Icon. As the crucifix symbol unites millions of Christians under one universal religion—Richard reveals that the GodSelf Icon symbol did the same for ancient ancestors worldwide!

Delving into hidden history, Richard presents recent examples of Masonic and alchemical images of the GodSelf Icon in architectural and medieval settings.

Richard Cassaro is an author, researcher, and filmmaker from New York City. He came to international recognition in 2011 with his bestselling book, Written in Stone. His travel and life experiences have provided him with rare insight into megaliths, mythology, magic, symbolism, comparative religion and occult archaeology. A lifelong explorer and field investigator, he has recently opened his own tour company, Triptych Temple Tours, LLC, aimed at leading travel adventures to Egypt, Peru, Mexico, Italy, Spain, India, China, and other ancient sites described in his research. 

Richard’s book, The Missing Link  explores the meaning, transformations and propagation of the ancient world's most important religious icon. | See more at: RichardCassaro.com

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Hidden Prehistoric Landscapes in South West Wales
Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm EST
by Dr George Nash
Hidden Prehistoric Landscapes in South West Wales

Was an ancient chieftain devoured by toads? Delve into the ancient landscape and learn about a portal dolmen at Trellyffaint which is littered with ritual monuments—their use and date yet unknown!

The much-ruined burial monument, known as Trellyffaint, is considered to represent the remains of a Portal Dolmen. The folklore associated with the monument dates back to the medieval period when Welsh historian and geographer, Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales), believed that Trellyffaint, or ‘Toad’s Hall’, was so-named because a chieftain buried inside the tomb had been hunted and eaten by toads!

In late 2016/early 2017, a team of archaeologists, led by researcher Dr George Nash from the University of Bristol and co-founder of the Welsh Rock Art Organization, uncovered through geophysical survey the remains of a possible Stonehenge-type prehistoric henge monument next to the south-eastern section of the monument, standing 250 meters east of the Welsh coastline and Cardigan Bay, UK. 

In April 2018, Dr Nash and co-director Carol James will be directing a small excavation program that will hopefully identify two clear circular anomalies and tie-down a dating sequence.  They regard these features may possibly be henges, precursors to Stonehenge (otherwise referred to as hengiforms) each measuring around 12 meters in diameter and possessing a possible ditch.

Dr George Nash has been an academic and professional archaeologist for the past 30 years and has undertaken extensive fieldwork on prehistoric rock-art and mobility art in Chile, Denmark, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Norway, Sardinia, Spain and Sweden. He has written and edited many books on prehistoric art and prehistoric monumentality, including: Decoding Neolithic Atlantic and Mediterranean Island Ritual   |  Visit Dr Nash’s Website

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Within Walls: The Archaeology of Magical House Protection
Tuesday June 27, 2017 4:00pm EST
by Brian Hoggard
Within Walls: The Archaeology of Magical House Protection

Dried cats, horse skulls, witch bottles, concealed shoes, written charms: all these artifacts and more were used to protect people and homes from invisible menace and the supernatural. But was it enough to keep witches at bay?

In this intriguing Ancient Origins Premium Webinar by author and independent researcher Brian Hoggard, we delve into the archaeological evidence for magical house protection from the late medieval period onwards. Strange artifacts and protective marks will be discussed and explanations for the thinking behind their use will also be explored.

The evidence clearly indicates a strong belief in witchcraft which permeated all levels of society and led people to spend huge amounts of energy in deploying counter-witchcraft measures throughout their homes and other buildings.

Brian Hoggard is an independent researcher who has been working on the archaeology of folk magic since 1999. He has written about Bredon Hill in Worcestershire, Crusader Castles, and lots of pieces dealing with the archaeology relating to witchcraft beliefs. When not researching or writing he runs a music teaching business. |  Bredon Hill: A Guide to Its Archaeology, History, Folklore and Villages

Brian is currently writing a book all about this topic. Details will be announced via his website: apotropaios.co.uk soon. Due to the success of the Hidden Charms Conference of 2016, he and his colleagues are now organising Hidden Charms 2 which will take place in the Medieval Hall, Cathedral Close, Salisbury, UK on Saturday 21st April 2018.  Details and tickets available from Apotropais.

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Origins and Secrets of the Megalithic Temples – Stones of Life Waiting for the Return of the Gods
Wednesday May 31, 2017 4:00pm EST
by Hugh Newman
Origins and Secrets of the Megalithic Temples – Stones of Life Waiting for the Return of the Gods

Göbekli Tepe, Turkey: Lying half-a-mile across a tough limestone plateau from the main sacred mound, is a 22ft-long T-shaped monolith that, like many other examples around the world, never got finished or moved to the main temple site.
Aswan, Egypt: In the famous granite quarries lies the largest obelisk ever recorded. Cut out of granite, and estimated to weigh 1168 tons, it never got removed from the quarry that the pyramids and temples of ancient Egypt were built with.

Rapa Nui (Easter Island): Still reclining in the rock quarry alongside the edge of a volcano on Easter Island, is the largest Moai on the island. Unfinished and sleeping, it waits for the gods to return to erect the 270 ton Moai into place.

Today: Freemasons still carry out rituals at ancient quarries and local shamans revere them as sacred places.

These are just a few examples of what may have been part of a very ancient tradition that the megalith builders partook in, that was passed down through multiple generations, and was part of a ritual technique that may have been seen to bring the stones to ‘life’ and imbue them with ‘power’, as well as leaving clues to future generations as to how they worked, quarried and moved these stones.

As we’ll see as we survey these sites and man more worldwide, it quickly appears that the ancients deliberately left ‘signatures’, incorporating abstract style, technique, relief carvings, and even hidden geometry, metrology, geodesy and number systems. Hugh Newman returns to AO Premium to take a closer look into the secrets of the megalithic quarries.

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 four 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. 

He will be speaking and hosting Megalithomania 2017 in Glastonbury on 20th-21st May 2017. Details at: www.megalithomania.co.uk

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The Orion Zone: Hopi Star Correlations in the American Southwest
Thursday April 27, 2017 6:00pm EST
by Gary A. David
The Orion Zone: Hopi Star Correlations in the American Southwest

As Above, so Below.

Some may be familiar with the correlation between the pyramids of Egypt's Giza Plateau and the stars of Orion. Beginning in 1100 AD, on the Arizona desert, the Hopi constructed a similar pattern of villages that mirrors all the major stars in the constellation. 

Join author Gary A. David for an intriguing Ancient Origins Premium webinar – The Orion Zone: Hopi Star Correlations in the American Southwest as he explores the sky-ground relationship in the American Southwest and its astounding global significance. 

The Hisatsinom, or the ancestral Hopi (formerly known as the Anasazi), used the Orion constellation as a template to determine the locations of their stone villages in northern Arizona.

The Hopi god Masau'u, ruler of both the earth plane and the underworld, spiritually mandated this “terrestrial Orion” to closely mirror its celestial counterpart. These villages correspond to each major star in the constellation, which includes the Belt and in some respects, is similar to the Giza-Orion Correlation.

The star pattern, by its specific orientation on the land, also encodes various sunrise and sunset points of both summer and winter solstices. A central flux of ley line energy flows through the spine of the terrestrial Orion along a series of ancient pueblo sites ranging from southwestern Colorado to the mouth of the Colorado River. This indicates a functional Earth-Chakra system.

Gary A. David is an author and independent researcher who has studied Southwestern archaeological ruins and rock art for nearly thirty years. He earned a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Colorado, and is a former college professor.

His books about the Hopi and other ancestral Pueblo cultures of Arizona and New Mexico include: The Orion Zone, Eye of the Phoenix, The Kivas of Heaven, Star Shrines and Earthworks of the Desert SouthwestHis forthcoming book is Journey of the Serpent People.

www.theorionzone.com  |  https://www.facebook.com/garydavid

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School Got it Wrong? Thinking Critically about History
Thursday March 30, 2017 6:00pm EST
by Dr. Ken Jeremiah
School Got it Wrong? Thinking Critically about History

Is the history you learned in school wrong?

The historical accounts taught in schools might be inaccurate, and textbooks and teachers generally present biased historical accounts—often without anyone noticing.  This might not be intentional, although avoiding controversy and disregarding conflicting evidence is valued.  Pick up most history textbooks and you will not read about anything unknown.  You will see definite dates for just about every historical event, from the appearance of modern humans in Africa 200,000 years ago to the conquest of the New World.  But such texts disregard evidence to make such claims: evidence that human beings are millions of years old, that Europeans were in the Americas a hundred years before Columbus, that ancient Egyptians were in contact with Native Americans, and much more!

What is the truth?

Join author Ken Jeremiah as he returns in a fascinating Ancient Origins Premium webinar – School Got it Wrong? Thinking Critically about History

Dr Ken Keremiah is a translator and author who has written about ancient history, religions, mummification, and spirituality. His numerous books include Remnants of a Distant Past.

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From Saxon Sirens to Sacred Orchards - Modern Traditions, Pagan Origins
Thursday February 16, 2017 4:00pm EST
by Charles Christian
From Saxon Sirens to Sacred Orchards - Modern Traditions, Pagan Origins

Every January, in parts of rural England, people still gather to celebrate Wassailing, a tradition with distinctly Pagan origins intended to bless the coming year’s apple crops and protect orchards from evil spirits. It’s an intriguing part of the ongoing connection between the present day and folklore but in this eye-opening presentation, English Dark Ages and Medieval History expert Charles Christian returns to explain how roots of Wassailing stretch back even further. Back to the time when the Roman Empire’s hold on their province of Britannia was collapsing and how, in the years before King Arthur, a Saxon princess seduced a British king and opened the way to an invasion that changed the country forever!

Charles Christian is a professional writer, editor, award-winning journalist and former Reuters correspondent. His recent non-fiction books include A travel guide to Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds: The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle.

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The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant - Following Ancient Clues
Wednesday January 4, 2017 5:00pm EST
by Graham Phillips
The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant - Following Ancient Clues

According to the Bible, the Ark of the Covenant was a miraculous golden chest that contained two sacred stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.  If it existed as it is portrayed in the Bible, the Ark of the Covenant has to be one of the most extraordinary artifacts in history. It was said to raise storms, radiate divine fire, level city walls, smash chariots and destroy entire armies. Moreover, it could summon angels and even manifest the voice and presence of God. The Ark of the Covenant was kept in Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem until it disappeared from history following the Babylonian invasion of the city in 597 BC. Biblical scholars, archaeologists and adventurers alike have spent years searching for the last resting place of the Ark, but until now its secret hiding place has remained one of history’s most enduring mysteries.

In his much-anticipated premier Ancient Origins Premium webinar, guest author Graham Phillips presents evidence that this remarkable relic really existed and was discovered by the crusader knights, the Templars, during the Middle Ages and brought back to Europe. From the war-torn Middle East to the quiet British countryside, Graham follows an ancient trail of clues in search of the mysterious lost Ark.

Graham Phillips is a British non-fiction author who has investigated historical mysteries for over three decades, and has appeared in many documentaries broadcast worldwide. He is author of many books, including The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant.

For more on his work, Graham has a website, grahamphillips.net, and Facebook page 

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Ancient History and the Modern Era: The Mysterious Past and Changing Mindsets
Thursday December 8, 2016 7:00pm EST
by Dr Carl Johan Calleman
Ancient History and the Modern Era: The Mysterious Past and Changing Mindsets

For the past hundred years or so historical research has made a clear distinction between what is referred to as Ancient History and Modern History. While there may be some dispute about exactly when Modern History began, we all have a feeling of the two eras as describing different worlds and operating to different principles and motivations.  We recognize the modern era as something we can relate to and fully understand ourselves as we would have similar motivations. However, we look upon the era of the ancients as clearly distinct from our own time—and sometimes as more mysterious—and this is perhaps why we are so attracted to it.

Special guest author Dr Carl Johan Calleman returns to Ancient Origins PREMIUM for a much anticipated webinar where we look upon the source of the differences between ancient and modern history in the nine waves of creation that have shaped the human mind in different eras, and how humanity went from one mind set to another.

Dr Calleman examines these themes and more in his new book The Nine Waves of Creation - Quantum Physics, Holographic Evolution and the Destiny of Humanity

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