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Lost Civilizations 2020
& the Enigmatic Göbekli Tepe
with Special Guest Authors and Researchers
Streaming Live | JULY 18-19, 2020 (starting 9am Saturday / starting 9am Sunday)
We are Live Streaming this conference with leading authors and researchers on ancient civilization and Göbekli Tepe. Extensive investigation and advanced research is resulting in profound findings about the nature of prehistoric humanity.
Enjoy individual presentations and exciting, live panel discussions and debate on fascinating topics.
13 Speakers, 1 Weekend of Discovery
Saturday July 18, 2020
9am Jim Willis | Göbekli Tepe as a Manifestation of a Lost Civilization
10am Dr. Martin Sweatman | Zodiacal Dating and Göbekli Tepe
11am Freddy Silva | The Missing Gods & Their Lands
12am Alistair Coombs | Göbekli Tepe and the Brother Gods
1:15pm LIVE PANEL: Cosmology of Göbekli Tepe
2:15pm Laird Scranton | Eras of Instruction: Göbekli Tepe Versus Skara Brae
3:15pm Andrew Collins | Göbekli Tepe: The Legacy of the Denisovans
Sunday July 19, 2020
9am Edmund Marriage | Global Cataclysms and the Restart of Civilization
10am Dr. Willem McLoud | Atlantis and Sumer: The Edfu Texts
11am Graham Phillips | Wisdomkeepers of Stonehenge
12am Dr. Fanie Vermaak | Çatalhöyük: An Ecological Perspective
1:15pm LIVE PANEL: Evidence of Lost Civilization
2:15pm Michael Hearns | Unlocking the Secret Scroll - Copper Scroll Tree of Knowledge
3:15pm Marco Vigato | Pre-Columbian Transoceanic Contact
4:15pm Robin Maxwell | Early Erthe – Meet the Gods
*Schedule may be subject to change
Historian and bestselling novelist Robin Maxwell has been obsessed with lost civilizations since the 1970s and has read, researched, and written about every aspect of the antediluvian world she could get her hands on, particularly the fabled city-state of Atlantis. She relied particularly on Plato’s two dialogues, Critias and Timaeus, as the great Greek philosopher was literally the only reliable source of information about Atlantis, Athens, and Egypt before the Great Flood. A “Plato apologist,” Maxwell is convinced his writings are not myth or allegory as many claim, but as Plato himself describes his story, “…the true history of the world.” Robin lectured about Atlantis and served on a panel on the subject of lost civilizations — along with Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Erick Von Daniken, Andrew Collins and others — at the 2016 "Contact in the Desert" Convention. | ww.robinmaxwell.com
Though Plato mentions the founders of the early civilizations, information about them is relatively sparse. In an alternative take, fiction Author Robin Maxwell brings the “Gods” Athena and Poseidon, Poseidon's beloved wife Cleito, and their five sets of twin sons, including Atlas, to life. She goes far beyond the archaeological and geological evidence of the lost civilizations to introduce us to the actual individuals who created them. In an epic saga of the intimate lives, loves, and passions that make the founding fathers and mothers as human as we are, and through their foibles, follies, and advanced technologies, she dramatizes the part they played in bringing about the destruction of their world.
Andrew Collins is a history and science writer, as well as more than a dozen books that challenge the way we see the past. Among them are Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods, The Cygnus Key, Beneath the Pyramids and Denisovan Origins, co-authored with Greg L. Little. He is the co-discoverer of a massive cave system beneath the pyramids of Giza, now known as Collins’ Cave, and has been at the forefront of research into Göbekli Tepe for last 20 years. He lives in England. | www.andrewcollins.com
How did human civilization arise? Was it the product of a pre-existing, ice-age civilization, survivors of Atlantis, or simply a case of natural human progress? Our greatest clue is its genesis point, Göbekli Tepe, a huge religious complex built on a mountaintop in southeastern Turkey some 11,500 years ago.
Understanding Göbekli Tepe - its existence, purpose, and builders - becomes crucial in determining the roots of human civilization. This, we find, involved a global cataclysm, a cosmic journey of the soul, as well as profound astronomical knowledge and a shamanistic tradition forged as much as 60,000 years ago by an archaic human population known as the Denisovans. Andrew presents the story of Göbekli Tepe and the role played by the Denisovans in the foundations of civilization.
Edmund is the Principal of the Patrick Foundation, an Independent Researcher with a background in Investment Management, Business and Land Management. He qualified as a Chartered Land Agent (CLAS) and as a qualified Associate of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (ARICS) at the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester and Wye College, London University. His extensive historical research has revealed a single advanced, secular benevolent source for all religions. His Learning Form History series of Presentations and Broadcasts are found on YouTube and Internet Radio, attracting an audience of over 100,000. | www.goldenageproject.org.uk
Edmund guides us through three different, yet important aspects: the background of the Supernova explosion around 40,000 BC and the consequences of the stages of different impacts for fast, medium, and slow moving debris, blasting through our solar system culminating in the Earth moving on its axis by 15 degrees, and the subsequent Holocene Ice Age ending in 9,500 BC, followed by the rapid warming similar to today’s conditions.
He will explore The Watchers as hunter-gatherers at Göbekli Tepe following their move to the Levantine Corridor, and cover the evidence from Kathleen Kenyon’s excavation team from Britain at Jericho of a wide range of great sophistication, including the earliest domesticated crops.
Dr. Fanie Vermaak is a professor in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of South Africa. With an initial background in theological studies, he focuses on various cultural activities in the Ancient Near East, specializing in Sumerian and Egyptology. Vermaak studied Theology and various Semitic Languages at the Universities of the Free State (Bloemfontein) and Stellenbosch, South Africa. He specialized (PhD) in the cuneiform (Sumerian) studies of the Ur III period (2100-2000 BC) on the activities of the temple administrators of Southern Mesopotamia and published also extensively in this regard. He extended further studies with the various ancient gateways of the Near East towards also the outside world so far as the Indus Valley. Vermaak is also the chairperson of the Ancient Egypt and Near Eastern Society (AENES).
Since the first excavations at Çatalhöyük by James Mellaart up to Ian Hodder’s excellent excavations and extensive analyses over several decades, the main question could never be sufficiently answered: “Why here?” This presentation relates to Ian Hodder’s “Mysterious Attraction” (2006) on this extraordinary Neolithic site. Ecological issues will be addressed with a symbiosis between the environment and the human occupation over period of about 1400 continuous years within almost twenty levels. Various proposals will be considered regarding the current debate including cultural and environmental change of the Konya plain in the heart of current Turkey.
Graham Phillips is a British non-fiction author who has investigated historical mysteries since the 1980s. He has investigated such enigmas as King Arthur, Robin Hood, and the death of Alexander the Great, as well as researched various biblical conundrums such as the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant. Phillips has written eighteen published books on these subjects and has appeared in many broadcast documentaries over the years. He lives in England where he works full-time as what he describes as an "historical detective." | grahamphillips.net
The original purpose of Stonehenge is one of the world’s great unsolved mysteries. Graham presents compelling evidence that the famous monument was built as an ancient healthcare facility, and that its creators had developed natural remedies for aliments and diseases which still thwart modern medicine. In Wisdomkeepers of Stonehenge, he argues that, with stones aligned to the sun, stars, and positions of the moon, stone circles were not just astronomical calendars, as some scholars have proposed, but were part of an elaborate system to determine precise timings necessary for the cultivation of medicinal plants. The Druids, he reveals, had medical knowledge well beyond their time, and may even have found a cure for cancer.
Graham also discovers that the Megalithic people developed phenomenal memory techniques, resulting in a priesthood that became both the guardians of the stone circles and the living libraries of inherited knowledge. Wisdomkeepers of Stonehenge uncovers the long-forgotten secrets of the Megalithic people and the true extent of their astonishing achievements: a vast network of monuments, as important to the ancient peoples of the British Isles as the internet is for us today. The true purpose of Stonehenge is ultimately revealed. It was not just a religious monument, but served a vital, practical function - as a prehistoric healthcare facility.
The author of thirteen books on spirituality and lost civilizations, Jim Willis served as an adjunct college professor in the fields of world religions and instrumental music while working part time as a carpenter, the host of his own drive-time radio show, an arts council director, and guest lecturer, speaking about topics ranging from historical studies to contemporary spirituality. His teaching career produced both the comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia of religion, The Religion Book and Armageddon Now, written with his wife, Barbara. | JimWillis.net
In 1995 Klaus Schmidt began archeological work in Turkey at a place called Potbelly Hill, or Göbekli Tepe. He didn't know at the time that he was about to turn the world of archeology upside down and re-write the story of our civilization. When it became apparent that he had discovered something completely transforming, he declared, “In 10 or 15 years, Göbekli Tepe will be more famous than Stonehenge. And for good reason!” He was right. Göbekli Tepe is the work of a sophisticated civilization built during an era when people were previously thought to be primitive hunter gatherers. How could Neolithic builders have accomplished such a feat? The simplest explanation is that they didn't develop their construction techniques. They inherited them.
Could it be that representatives of a lost Ice Age civilization, having survived a devastating cataclysm that laid low their entire culture, were moved to inspire a religion that "married" heaven to earth? If so, Göbekli Tepe might very well be the first temple of that new religion, designed by emissaries from a forgotten era who sought to teach stone age builders that what happened once could happen again. Is there any evidence to support this claim? In a word - yes. There are two lines of evidence, both of which we will examine in Göbekli Tepe as a Manifestation of a Lost Civilization.
Laird Scranton is the author of a series of books and other writings on ancient cosmology and language. These include articles published in the University of Chicago’s Anthropology News academic journal, Temple University’s Encyclopedia of African Religion and the Encyclopedia Britannica. He is featured in John Anthony West’s Magical Egypt documentary series and in Carmen Boulter’s documentary The Pyramid Code. He is a frequent guest on a wide range of radio and podcast interview shows includingWalter Cruttenden’s Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge (CPAK), the A.R.E.’s Ancient Mysteries Conference, and many others.
Ancient cultures describe eras of deliberate instruction for humanity in civilizing skills, tagged to a symbolic creation tradition. One of these seems to have occurred at around 10,000 BC at the Göbekli Tepe site in southeastern Turkey - another at the Skara Brae village on Orkney Island in Northern Scotland at around 3,000 BC. We will compare aspects of the two sites that lead us to understand that they are linked.
Marco M. Vigato is an independent researcher into ancient mysteries and megalithic civilizations. A native of Italy, he lives in Mexico City and has travelled extensively all over the world. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. and M.Sc. from Bocconi University. He is also a passionate photographer, dedicated to documenting the evidence of ancient advanced civilizations and sacred sites around the world through his personal blog: unchartedruins.blogspot.com
The earliest myths of the ancient Mesoamerican and South American peoples speak of the arrival of a highly civilized race on the coasts of Mexico, Colombia, and Peru, which brought with it the gifts of a superior civilization. These mysterious visitors differed physically from the indigenous populations, being often depicted as tall, white, and bearded. In Mexico, they were called Quetzalcoatl, Kukulkan, Gucumatz, Itzamná and Votan; Bochica and Zuhe in Colombia; Viracocha, Thunupa and Naylamp in Peru. Later generations would worship them as great culture heroes and the founders of the earliest civilizations of the New World. Yet, who were these “messengers of the gods”? Many theories have been formulated over time to explain their origin: Phoenician sailors, ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman navigators, or survivors from a lost Continent – perhaps even the mythical Atlantis.
It is not only the mythical traditions of the New World, but also the monuments and symbolism of the Pre-Columbian civilizations that speak of very close ties between the “Old” and the “New World”. From the nearly universal pyramid symbolism, to the cult of the sun and the stars, these ties seem to go much deeper than the historical period, far into the mists of prehistory. Could there have been a common ancestor of remote antiquity, an unknown civilization that influenced the development of culture and civilization on both sides of the Atlantic? Or are these ties better explained by direct transoceanic contact and cultural diffusionism? As old paradigms crumble, a new worldview is slowly starting to emerge, showing that the world of 3,000, or even 10,000 years ago, was far more interconnected than we could have hitherto suspected.
Dr. Martin Sweatman is a scientist at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His research, which involves statistical analysis of the motion of atoms and molecules to understand the properties of matter, has helped him to solve one of the greatest puzzles on Earth - the meaning of ancient artworks stretching back over 40,000 years. | martinsweatman.blogspot.com
It is now clear that our planet has been bombarded by the Taurid meteor stream over the last few decamillennia. This helps to explain both the unusual extinction rate of megafauna and massive swings in climate over the last ice age, and the tone of our collective mythology. The most severe of these cosmic impacts seems to have been the Younger Dryas event which likely returned Earth to a mini ice-age nearly 13,000 years ago. I show that Göbekli Tepe very likely memorializes this event using zodiacal dating, which in turn suggests that our modern civilization began with a bang! I also show how the Lascaux Shaft scene likely memorializes an earlier cosmic impact event, circa 15,200 BC. A few other examples of this ancient system of zodiacal dating, which is based on precession of the equinoxes, will be given.
Michael Hearns is the author of sixteen books, most of which are about the discoveries he made in his biblical research work. All of his E-books are available at his website, www.sevenbiblewonders.com and are also available wherever fine books are sold. | www.sevenbiblewonders.com
A mysterious copper scroll was unearthed in a cave by the Dead Sea in 1952. The contents of the scroll bewildered the biblical establishment for, unlike the other scrolls with their religious topics, the copper scroll described sixty-four locations where vast quantities of gold and silver treasures were buried in antiquity. For some unknown reason there were several sets of Greek letters between the data at the beginning of the scroll. Unsurprisingly, the lure of buried treasures excited imaginations and many archaeological expeditions were organized looking to find the valuables. But all ended in failure simply because the descriptions of where to locate the various sites were utterly vague and nonsensical. Almost seventy years later, the copper scroll treasure list is the most puzzling unsolved enigma in the biblical world.
When I first came across an English translation of the copper scroll, I was surprised to find that it was dense with numbers. Those numbers related to the depths to dig in order to find precise weights of gold and silver treasures at the various sites. I wondered why list the weights of treasures so precisely when the mere mention of gold and silver valuables would be sufficient to cause looters to plunder the sites? I therefore investigated the numbers themselves and soon detected the indices to form Pi and also the 360 degrees of a circle together with the indices to form the biblical 364-day solar calendar. That was the breakthrough for I then worked out that the numbers between the sets of Greek letters were the indices to form a peculiar calendar. It proved to be a secret almanac for mapping time thousands of years into the future. The mystery deepened when the indices of the almanac at their locations on the copper scroll formed into the shape of a cross. One mystery solved but new puzzling questions had arisen to stimulate our curiosity. Who were the inspired geniuses who configured the indices on the copper scroll? Was this almanac the charts on which the prophets forecast events into the future? Did the cross symbolize Christianity?
Dr. Willem McLoud is an independent South African scholar with a wide field of interest spanning ancient Middle Eastern studies, Kantian philosophy and philosophy of science. He has got a PhD in Nuclear Physics (Nuclear Fusion), a MSc in Physics, a MA in Philosophy of Science, an Honor’s degree in Philosophical Hermeneutics and an MBL. In ancient Middle Eastern Studies, Willem’s main areas of study are the Sumerian, Akkadian and early Egyptian civilizations, with special focus on the Uruk and Akkadian Periods in Mesopotamian history as well as the Old Kingdom Period in Egyptian history. He has developed a new ancient Middle Eastern chronological model which has recently been dramatically confirmed by the discovery of a cuneiform text pertaining to the Epic of Gulkišar. | whisperingtales.net
In popular culture the submerged land of Atlantis has become the paradigmatic example of a “Lost Civilization”. Through the years, scholars and adventurers have made headlines with their proposals as to where that ancient land, with its highly advanced civilization, had been located before it sunk and disappeared below the sea. The fact that a prominent person like the well-known philosopher, Plato, refers to Atlantis in his works, surely gives a great deal of credence to this story.
Plato’s information actually originated in Egypt. What is strange is that a tradition existed in Egypt that a pillar or pillars associated with Atlantis were located there. The tradition about such pillars associated with such a submerged land actually had a long history in Egypt. We find a very similar story in the Edfu texts telling about primeval gods who once lived in a submerged homeland far away from Egypt. The question, however, remains as to where this land was located? We have good reason to think that Atlantis was not located beyond the pillars of Heracles in the Atlantic Ocean, as is so often propagated, but that it was actually none other than the ancient land of Sumer itself.
Alistair’s academic background is in religion, archaeology, and the philosophy of consciousness. He is currently engaged with several projects, one of them involving Göbekli Tepe.
The most salient feature of the Göbekli Tepe site, and related others, is the presence of two dominating pillars at the center of the structure. These are not just architectural, but anthropomorphic, or humanoid, in design. Scarce attention has been paid to the possible identities of these mysterious figures which stand at the foundation of these buildings. In this seminar, we examine a catalog of mythology relating to twins and brother gods, worldly and cosmic, which will provide the most plausible explanation to who is being depicted, and why, against the background of the Younger Dryas.
Freddy Silva is a best-selling author, and leading researcher of ancient civilizations, restricted history, sacred sites, and their interaction with consciousness. He has published six books in six languages.
Described by one CEO as "perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now,” for two decades he has been an international keynote speaker, in addition to appearances on Gaia TV, History Channel, BBC, and radio shows such as Coast To Coast. He is also a documentary filmmaker, and leads private tours to sacred sites around the world. | invisibletemple.com
11,000 years ago groups of gods and sages appeared around the world precisely where humans suddenly discovered civilization.
Indigenous people describe them as human-like but not quite human: Followers of Horus, People of the Serpent, Sapta Rshi, Shining Ones, Offiusa, Lookers, Watchers, Hayhuaipanti, Urukehu, and Anu-naga, to name a few.
Who were these gifted people? Were they all connected? And have we been so obsessed with Atlantis and Lemuria that we’ve ignored other locations where this parallel civilization once dwelt? Islands such as Lapukije, Te Petaka, Ta Neterw, iw titi, and an academy called The Birthplace of the Gods.