“All this excitement about a collection of battered old rocks and mounds of earth must seem puzzling to those who have yet had no direct experience of Megalithomania”. John Michell
What were the ancients up to? is a question that frequents the lips of archaeologists, antiquarians, scientists and skeptics alike. The enigmatic megalithic culture that graced our planet between 5000 and 3000 years ago, building long barrows, stone rows and stone circles has left little clue to its thinking, lifestyle or teachings. There are, however, a number of researchers that have begun to unlock the secrets of the builders of the stone circles and related sacred sites. Coming from disciplines as diverse as archaeoastronomy, sacred geometry, ancient metrology, surveying, acoustics and mathematics these top authors will present their research into ancient megalithic sites at the 2007 Glastonbury Conference.
|The line-up for the Megalithomania 2007 event. Click image to see larger poster.
MEGALITHOMANIA is an annual conference held in Glastonbury, now in it's second year. The celebrated 2006 event saw speakers such as Graham Hancock, Andrew Collins, Robin Heath and Nicholas Mann grace the Assembly Rooms stage. Especially welcome was John Michell who coined the 'Megalithomania' name in the 1970's with his beautifully crafted book of the same name. His study of the history and meaning of the megaliths, combined with revealing the effects of the stones on the 'Megalithomaniacs', set the framework for the 'Earth Mysteries' movement of the 1960's and 70's.
Much stone circle research spends years on the fringe of acceptability before becoming mainstream, so Megalithomania is intent on creating a public forum to stretch the debate and challenge the archaeologists and historians that belittle our megalithic ancestors. Hugh Newman, the primary organiser, told us “To suggest the neolithic people were savages with no intelligence is unacceptable today. We want to challenge the status quo around the megalithic sciences.” His co-organiser John Martineau added “The ancients were excellent at astronomy, geometry and surveying, it’s an incredible mystery, why does the media and mainstream archaeology spend so much time dumbing it all down?”.
This Year at the 2007 Conference, to coincide with the re-launch of his classic 'Time Stands Still', keynote speaker Dr. Keith Critchlow will be updating his research into the geometry of the “megalithic artists”. Famous author Robert Temple will be giving us a glimpse through crystal lenses suggesting they could have been part of the megalithic surveyors and astronomers tool kit. Cornish researcher Paul Broadhurst will be focusing on St. George and the mythological relation to earth energies. Professor Ronald Hutton will be tracing the stones through an historical time-line. Anthony Murphy from Ireland will be examining the mysteries of the Boyne Valley complex and the discovery of a great landscape effigy. And to coincide with the republication of his original book Megalithomania, John Michell will be looking at the artists, antiquarians and archaeologists that gave rise to the name of the conference, forty years after the original earth mysteries renaissance.
The 'Gorsedd of Ynys Witrin' (Bardic Chair of Glastonbury) will be hosting their bardic poetry competition at the conference on the Saturday evening. The Chair is contested by open competition annually, always on St. Dunstans Day (May 19th), each contestant performing for up to 15 minutes on a given theme, chosen by the previous Bard. The Bardic Trials take place on the 15th , 17th and the final is on the Saturday evening at the Assembly Rooms, coinciding with Megalithomania. This is by donation only, no set fee (19th May).
The private Stonehenge visit will be on the Friday Evening. A guided tour around Glastonbury will take place on the Monday morning. Field trips are not included in the price.
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. Tickets are £80 for the conference. Extra for the guided tours.