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The Andrew Collins Newsletter - April 2017

In this newsletter: Details of the Origins 2017 Conference released with presentations from Chandra Wickramasinghe,
Gary Osborn, Jim Vieira, Hugh Newman, Andrew Collins and more - News of Andrew's new book including its stunning cover artwork - Denisovans as the Source of a Lost Civilization - Swiderian Point found at Orkney's Ring of Brodgar complex; New Articles on Gobekli Tepe featuring the inscribed bone plaque, a new porthole stone northwest of Enclosure B, and anti Garden of Eden diatribe; News on the fabulous Contact in the Desert conference in May where the speakers will include legendary UFO writer Jacques Vallee.


Hi, hope this e-newsletter finds you well. The details of Origins 2017 are now available. It takes place over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday, November 4/5th. The venue as on previous occasions is Steiner House, London NW1 (full details on the webpage - see link below).

Chandra Wickramasinghe

On the bill for the Saturday we have Chandra Wickramasinghe, one of the world's leading astrobiologists, who will speak about the potential existence of extraterrestrial life and its possible impact on human civilization. He will be focusing on the Great Pyramid, showing that its extraordinary geometry cannot simply be by coincidence alone, and that its creation might well have been inspired by communication with outside intelligences on a quantum level. Yet if this is correct, what would be the ultimate purpose of this exercise?It is something that Chandra - currently working on a book with Robert Bauval on these and other matters - will attempt to explain to the Origins 2017 audience.

Gary Osborn

We also have Gary Osborn, who will talk about the so-called Penniston Binary Code that emerged in connection with Britain's most significant UFO incident at Rendlesham Forest in December 1980. He will detail howwhen deciphered it was found tocontain specific information regarding a worldwide grid of sacred places including the Great Pyramid, the site of the legendary HyBrasil, and even the Naxos Gate, which features on the cover of my 200 book Gateway to Atlantis (he did ask me why I used this image, and I said dreams!). Mysteriously, the binary code message also alludes to a date of 8100, although whether this is BC or AD is a matter of debate! The whole thing is a fascinating story, and whether you believe in UFOs or not there is something important going on here that is not going to go away any time soon.

Hugh Newman

In addition to Chandra Wickramasinghe and Gary Osborn Origins welcomes Hugh Newman will be speaking about his new book (co-authored with Jim Vieira) on British giant traditions, including the enormous amount of giant skeletons found in the country, to legends of how the giants of the past were said to have possessed the capabilities of shamans including the means to change the weather and engage in supernatural battles. Are these accounts and the presence of giant skeletons, many found in the vicinity of Stonehenge, the legacy of a lost human population behind the construction of the megalithic sites of Britain? This is just one of the questions that will be asked by Hugh at Origins 2017.

Jim Viera

We welcome back to Origins 2017 Jim Vieira, who will deliver a presentation entitled The Search for Edgar Cayce's Lost World. He will present his findings based on 30 years of research into the origins of civilization and Homo Sapiens through a comparative analysis of myth, legend, worldwide indigenous oral traditions, religious documents, Freemason, Rosicrucian and Theosophist teachings, the writing of Plato and the wisdom of the great mystics Rudolf Steiner and Edgar Cayce. Astonishingly they all make the same bizarre claims about the past. All the sources propose a supernatural start for our species in the lost continent of Atlantis, a continent who claimed giants and little people as part of it’s population. Long lived androgynous creator gods were said to have founded our species in this lost world. What is the reality of these claims, and how do they fit into our knowledge of the past. These are the questions addressed by Jim at Origins 2017.

Jim Vieira is a stonemason, author, explorer and host of the History Channel shows -"Search for the Lost Giants" (2014) "Roanoke: Search for the Lost Colony" (2015) and "Return to Roanoke: Search for the Seven" (2016). Jim has investigated worldwide ancient stone sites, studied global indigenous oral traditions, religious documents, the readings of the great mystics and the literature of secret societies to form an alternative theory regarding the origins of civilization. A theory almost in perfect alignment with the readings of the famed sleeping prophet, Edgar Cayce.

And from me … Meet the Denisovans and Details of the New Book

For my part, I shall be exclusively previewing the discoveries made during the preparation of my new book titled The Cygnus Key: Göbekli Tepe and the Birth of Egypt. However, I shall be putting aside most of the contents on Göbekli Tepe and the Giza monuments to demonstrate the role played by the Denisovans in the emergence of the earliest human beliefs and practices associated with a polarcentriccosmology and the passage of time. It is an incredible story and one that might well need some introduction.

In the 2000s human fossils were unearthed in the Denisova Cave within the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia. DNA testing showed that the remains - two molars and a pinky bone - belonged to a previously unknown human population today called the Denisovans. They are now thought to have inhabited Eastern Eurasia from around 300,000 years down to around 40,000 years ago (and arguably much later still). During their final years the Denisovans achieved a high level of cultural achievement, including the creation of sophisticated symbolic or non-functional objects such as an arm bracelet in bottle-green chloritolite with a bored hole that can only have been made using a high-speed drill. Also attributed to the Denisovans is a long bone needle with an eye for thread, suggesting the manufacture of tailored clothing, as well as dozens of finely finished, pierced ostrich eggshell beads no more than a centimetre in diameter. In addition to this, fragments of horse bones found inside the Denisova Cave have suggested that Denisovans domesticated, herded and maybe even rode horses long before it was thought humanly possible. So who exactly were the Denisovans? What do we really know about them, and how are they linked to Neanderthals and our own ancestors? Furthermore, how exactly do we remember the Denisovans in myth and legend? The fact that the evidence emerging from their fossil remains indicates that at least some of their number were of great size is perhaps the biggest clue.

It is my intention to show you why I believe the Denisovans and their hybrid descendents were the first human population to engineer and sculp the landscape, make dams and waterways, fashion musical instruments, understand the importance of sound acoustics, and create a polarcentric cosmology featuring eclipse cycles and the precession of the equinoxes. More importantly, I will provide compelling evidence that it was the extraordinary legacy of the Denisovans that would eventually inspire the creation of Göbekli Tepe in southeast Turkey and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt via a series of carrier cultures including the Swiderians of Central and Eastern Europe.

Artwork for The Cygnus Key: Göbekli Tepe and the Birth of Egypt

The cover artwork for my new book entitled The Cygnus Key: Göbekli Tepe and the Birth of Egypt has been painted by London artist Russell Hossain. It shows a shaman standing between twin pillars at Göbekli Tepe like those that could once be seen in the recently uncovered Enclosure H. Note the leaping panther-leopards on the stone's inner faces and the combined feather coat and leopard skin garment worn by the shaman, who is deliberately genderless. They gaze toward the northwest through the aperture or soul hole of a porthole stone. In the low sky are the three Cygnus wing stars - Gienah, Sadr and Rukh, which descend toward the horizon. Yet beyond Göbekli Tepe is a vision of the future - the three Pyramids of Giza, their dimensions, layout, internal structure and astronomical alignments defined by ancient wisdom that entered Egypt's Nile Valley no later than 8500-8000 BC having come originally from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic world of southeast Anatolia and the Near East. Yet even by the time it is knowledge that is already as much as 10,000, 20,000 and maybe even 30,000 years old.

Please note that the text seen on this cover mock up is temporary only, the final form having yet to be decided.

The cover of Andrew Collins's new book
The Cygnus Key: Göbekli Tepe and the Birth of Egypt.
Cover artwork by Russell Hossain

Swiderian Point Found in Orkney Isles

As an aside, a Swiderian point was recently found at the Ring of Brodgar megalithic site on the Scottish Orkney Isles. The archaeologists can't understand its presence, and so dismiss it as having originated from a more localised culture called the Ahrensburgian, but the diagnostic clues to the point's origins are undeniable. Other Swiderian points, which usually date to ca. 11,000-9600 BC, are known to have been found on the islands of Stronsay and Tiree (see the linked paper), with all of them most likely the product of a post-Swiderian culture such as the Kunda or Butovo, ca. 9000-7000 BC. Remember, in Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods I propose it was a Swiderian elite that was behind the construction of Göbekli Tepe. It is a matter I shall have cause to mention in the new book, showing that their method of production could lead us to the origins of civilization itself.

Swiderian style point found at the Ring of Brodgar site in the Scottish Orkney Isles.

Deep Meditation

I will be closing the first day of the Origins 2017 Conference with a meditational session, where we will focus on the mysteries of the Denisovans, their sites in the Altai-Baikal region of southern Siberia and their connection with places such as Göbekli Tepe and the Pyramids of Giza. This will be preceded by a short explanation of the proceedings.

Tour of the British Museum

On the Sunday of the conference I shall be taking delegates around the British Museum on a grand tour of every hall and room relevant to the ancient mysteries subject, including Egypt, Mesopotamia, Assyria, Mexico and Oceania. This will start in the mid morning and go through to the mid afternoon. If you want to get an idea of what you can expect if you come along on the tour then check out the first of seven videos Hugh Newman made following a previous visit to the museum in 2014. Find them under the title of "A Quester's Guide to the British Museum" parts one to seven.

One More Speaker

We are still one key-note speaker missing from the line up of Origins 2017. Co-organiser Hugh Newman and myself are on the case pursuing some big names at this time, and when we get confirmation of bookings we'll let you know.

If there is anyone doing good work out there on the origins of civilization that you feel deserves a place at conferences like Origins of Civilization, do please get in touch. We are always open to new talent in this field.

Click here for further information on Origins 2017 and also immediate registration.

Göbekli Tepe in the News

There have been a series of important articles published on the Tepe Telegrams website recently concerning new developments at Göbekli Tepe. One is on the tiny bone plaque highlighted in articles by myself back in 2015. As you probably knowe, it is my belief that the plaque shows two T-pillars like those seen in the various stone enclosures at the site, along with other imagery suggesting an interest in key stars of the Cygnus constellation.

The Gobekli Tepe bone plaque showing its features and the convergence of lines on its "soul hole" between the two twin pillars. Note also the peck marks above the pillars, which turned out to define the astronomical positions of the three Cygnus wing stars Gienah, Sadr and Rukh.

Although the new article written by Dr Oliver Dietrich draws attention to the clear likeness between the bone plaque's carved imagery and Göbekli Tepe's T-shaped pillars, it ultimately concludes that the whole thing is either an ad hoc series of doodlings without true meaning, or that they represent an abstract creature of the nature world. This then is another person's assessment of the evidence at hand.

Yet in the opinion of Rodney Hale and the author the Pre-Pottery Neolithic peoples of southeast Anatolia would appear to have held a deep fascination for the stars of Cygnus, and not simply at Göbekli Tepe, but also at other sites across the region. For instance, at the 10,000-year-old Pre-Pottery Neolithic site of Çayönü, which lies around 130 kilometres northeast of Göbekli Tepe, close to the city of Diyarbakir, all three of its cult buildings would appear to have been oriented toward the setting of Deneb during the time frame of their construction. Moreover, at the 10,500-year-old hilltop site of Karahan Tepe, located in the Tektek Mountains some 37 kilometers to the east of Göbekli Tepe, further alignments toward the setting of Cygnus have been recorded.

New Porthole Stone

Another article by Oliver Dietrich on Tepe Telegrams concerns a porthole stone, a type of miniature doorway in stone, found to the northwest of Göbekli Tepe's Enclosure B. It has a rectangular aperture around 70 centimetres in height and 60 centimetres in width, each side of which is the relief of a climbing fox of the sort seen on the inner faces of various central pillars at the site. It is located in a boundary wall outside of the installation itself and, oddly, is positioned immediately in line with the enclosure's Pillar 62. This makes no practical sense and suggests the porthole stone perhaps had a symbolic function.

Although it is located slightly west of the enclosure's central axis, its aperture is oriented at around 341 degrees, within a degree or so of the installation's axial orientation based on the mean azimuth of its twin pillars. Since three other enclosures (C, D, & H) possess porthole stones located in the north-northwestern sections of their ringwalls it suggests that the boundary wall containing the porthole stone in Enclosure B might originally have formed part of the installation. If it didn't, then somehow it was built to honor the directional orientation of Enclosure B, complete with it astronomical alignments toward the setting of the Cygnus star Deneb during the time-frame of their construction.

A third article found on Tepe Telegrams, this time by Jens Notroff entitled "Just don't call it the Garden of Eden" is also worth a read. Its purpose is to dissociate Göbekli Tepe with ideas that it might be the Garden of Eden of Old Testament tradition. Very clearly this is something I have had an opinion about for many years, suggesting that the story of Adam and Eve existing in the Garden of Eden is an abstract memory of the transition from hunter-gatherer to a more rigid lifestyle centred around a hierarchical society in the wake of the Neolithic revolution. I argue also that the sources of the four rivers of Eden or Paradise can be traced to real rivers that take their rise in southeast or eastern Turkey, something that additionally links Adamic tradition with the seedbed of the Neolithic revolution during the ninth millennium BC. If you want to know more about this subject read my book Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods (Inner Traditions, 2014), available to read online.

Contact in the Desert and Jacques Vallee

Between May 19-22, I shall be speaking at the Contact in the Desert event at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Joshua Tree, California. There are a whole host of speakers includingGeorge Noory, Graham Hancock, Erich Von Daniken, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Dr. Steven Greer, David Wilcock, Robert Schoch, Michael Tellinger, Robert Bauval, Linda Moulton Howe, Whitley Strieber, Jim Marrs, Nick Pope, David Sereda, Richard Dolan, Brien Foerster, Jimmy Church, JJ and D Hurtak, and many more! For more information click here.

What an incredible line up. I am not sure how they do it, and there is no chance that you are going to see such an eclectic mix of speakers at a UK conference any time soon (they couldn't afford it. Period!) What I am most looking forward to here - other than presenting the story of Cygnus star KIC 8462852 and revealing its cosmic connections with the Great Pyramid - is meeting Jacques Vallee, one of my all-time heroes. I read his books Anatomy of a Phenomenon (1965) and Passport to Magonia (1969)when I was a teenager, and they thankfully helped me understand that UFOs were not simply nuts and bolts spacecraft coming down from another planet in the modern age, but the product of many thousands of years of interaction with non-terrestrial forces that we have classed under names such as gods, demons, angels and the fairy folk of Celtic myth and legend.

Jacques Vallee

Later books by Vallee such as UFOs - The Psychic Solution (1977) and Messengers of Deception (1979)codified ideas already present in my mind from the investigation of many strange UFO encounters. This was that many UFO cases had a psychic dimension whereby interaction with our minds took place on what might be called a telepathic or quantum level. Vallee's work helped inspire me to write books such as The Circlemakers (1992), Alien Energy (2004) and, most recently, LightQuest (2012). Anyway, I look forward to sharing the stage with him, as I believe I have come a long way since reading his books in my younger days.