Andrew Collins at Origins 2017 (pic credit: Alvin Krishan Askoolum)



In this issue: Update on new book The Cygnus Key. The latest on Tabby's Star. Plus Gobekli Tepe is the Garden of Eden new documentary claims (is it? yawn), while another says it is a pagan shrine smashed up by Abraham! Read also about the 8,600 year old bear statuette found at a mound complex in Turkey and the discovery of a 30,000-year-old settlement in Brazil.

Hi, hope this e-newsletter finds you well. I want to thank everyone who attended the Origins 2017 event in London on November 4/5. The event was a complete sell out, and other than a few technical problems at the beginning of the day everything went off perfectly. The Sunday at the British Museum was great also.

I want to welcome all those who attended an Origins event for the first time this year. I trust you had a good time. I have added your email address to the mailing list for these newseltter updates. If you do not wish to receive them, simply press the "unsubscribe" box at the base of the page.

What I think was most warming about the response to the event was the fact that people seemed to like the blend of speakers, and the fact that as an audience they had the chance to hear authors speak whose books they had read in the past. Likewise, the speakers themselves seemed to appreciate the event as can be seen from the following kind words said afterwards by Michael Cremo:

"As for my experience with Origins 2017, I found it to be, from a speaker's point of view, a model example of what a conference should be. Every commitment made by the organizers was kept ... All this was done very punctually and efficiently. Just amazing. And what to speak of all the unexpected delights of meeting you all, the post conference dinner, etc. I am truly grateful to you all for putting together such a wonderful event."

Thank you, Michael. Oh, well, let's see what happens in 2018!!

Alan Butler on stage at Origins 2017 (pic credit: Alvin Krishan Askoolum).

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On the Saturday evening of Origins 2017 I gave a brief talk on Tabby's Star, alias KIC 8462852 or the alien megastructure star, revealing the strange mathematical patterns emerging from its periodic light fluctuations, and what this might mean for the future.

I then conducted a coordinated visualisation with the audience of over 200 focusing on the star in order to initiate a thought experiment, one in which the star might be seen to respond in some manner (whether coincidence or not, it had worked twice in the fast).

What those who participated in the event want to know is whether anything happened to Tabby's Star around the time of the visualisation. The answer, I have to admit, is no, although from around September 14 this year through until November 15-17 the star's light emissions had been increasing in a manner not monitered before on a daily basis.

Since that time the light has been very slowly decreasing again. I have included below a graph of the rise in light emissions from Tabby's Star starting in August and peaking around a week or so. This comes from engineer Fredric Parker and is based on data supplied by Arizona astronomer Bruce Gary. It shows a Gaussian curve neatly overlaid on data points. If the trend continues it means that the light emissions will return to normal soon.

As to what caused this sudden increase in light over the last two months remains a matter of conjecture. Some might say it is the result of dust clouds clearing temporarily, while others are now suggesting it reveals the presence of a second object in close contact with the main sequence star. This second object has just come into view from around the back of the star, and is either reflecting stellar light or is emitting it itself. As to what this second object might be is again open to speculation. It is suggested it could be a brown dwarf on a 1600-day cycle.

A brown dwarf is an intermediate object between a small star (known as a red dwarf) and an extremely large Jupiter like planet.

This said, a binary object of this sort could be anything, maybe even a Death Star! Whatever the answer, as Fredric Parker says itself, it must be truly massive in size.

The graph is taken from Fredric Parker's latest video on Tabby's Star, which can be accessed at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRHxO4LZmqk


The week before the conference I received the edited version of my book The Cygnus Key from publishers Inner Traditions. This I have to read through line by line at least three times, and answer all of the editor's 125 odd queries. I also have to make any corrections, changes or additions in readiness for the book going off to production.

As you can imagine, receiving this just before the rigours of the conference was not helpful to me, although I kept my wits, tried not to stress, and attempted to read the manuscript inbetween preparing for both the conference and the Sunday walkabout around the British Museum. On returning to Essex after the conference I got immediately on to continuing the editing, which I managed to finish last week.

The entire book is much better for the edit. I have managed to add more material on the Denisovans, which was the subject of my main lecture at Origins. I think you will find that everything you need to know about their lost legacy is now contained in the book, from their discovery in 2008, to their habitat, their physical appearance, their achievements, the myths connected with them, and what exactly the legacy was they left to our own human ancestors. I will this continued to exist filtering through to Gobekli Tepe in Anatolia by 9600 BC and from here going into Egypt, where it would eventually inspire the construction of the three main pyramids of Giza.

The bottom line is that the Denisovans, through their legacy, can be seen as the founders of our own civilization in southern Siberia around 45,000 years ago. They are also the best evidence we have for the remnants of a lost civilization that we are only now beginning to understand for the first time.

The only downside of updating The Cygnus Key is that I have had to retire some of its existing content, including two chapters on the impact of Gobekli Tepe's Pre-Pottery Neolithic on the Greek Hellenic cults of Bacchus-Dionysus and Orpheus. They followed a chapter where I explored the importance of the symbol of the panther-leopard at Gobekli Tepe and Catalhoyuk in southern central Anatolia. This chapter still remains, although I have expanded it to include a precis of what was in the retired chapters (7 & 8).

As a festive gift to you I attach a PDF containing the two lost chapters of The Cygnus Key. Read them at your leisure. I think you will find them of considerable interest, especially the fact that the origins of wine and beer production can both be traced back to southeast Anatolia, the very area of Pre-Pottery Neolithic sites like Gobekli Tepe and Cayonu. I am certain that alcohol fuelled rites among the Pre-Pottery Neolithic peoples of southeast Anatolia went on to influence the cults of Cybele and Bacchus-Dionysus, which both flowered in Asia Minor (moderm Asiatic Turkey).

Despite two chapters being retired, others expanded, and in actuality the book has exactly 41 chapters - the number being carefully chosen as this is an important "complex number" to the shamans and seers of the Tuvan republic in southern Siberia.

Why 41? You'll find out when you read the book!

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The cover of The Cygnus Key: The Denisovan Legacy, Gobekli Tepe and the Birth of Egypt.
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Even though The Cygnus Key wont be out until next year, I have just two months to finish the other book I have been working on now for around six years.

It shows the influences that came to bear on the emergence of Gobekli Tepe, and how they also became the first Americans.

It is a project I am working on with Dr Greg Little, one of the United States leading experts on the earliest migrations into the Americas and also of the mound-building cultures like the Adena and the Hopewell.

To put it simply, Greg is doing the American genesis and I am doing the same thing for the Eurasian continent. The Denisovans will be involved again, of course, although this book will take a slightly different course to The Cygnus Key. As with all my other books, it will include the latest updates on the situation at Gobekli Tepe, including any new discoveries.

So if you don't hear from me until after January. Don't worry. I haven't gone away. Not quite yet!


Here's one that will surprise the German archaeologists trying to work at Gobekli Tepe amid the construction machinery and mayhem caused by the placing of two massive roofs over sections of the site. The Turkish Government have sponsored a new TV documentary claiming that the site was the creation of the prophet Abraham's father Aser (biblical Terah).

This is a story based on a Qu'ranic and Jewish story telling how Abraham (Arabic Ibrahim) smashed up the idols of the pagan shrine built by his father Terah in his home city of Ur of the Chaldees, traditionally identified with Sanliurfa.

The pillars and carved relief at Gobekli Tepe are being seen as those idols. I wouldn't normally promote sceptic Jason Colavito's blogs as they very often attack the likes of myself, but this one is quite fair.

Yet Colavito points out something that occurred to me as well, and this is the fact that the Turkish government is becoming increasingly more Islamised, and thus sees fit to see things either in terms of Qu'ranic tradition or as pagan idolatry.

Here at Gobekli Tepe, close to Sanliurfa, where Isil cells unfortunately now operate, it seems the Turkish government are edging their bits - seeing the site as both a pagan shrine and as somewhere redeemed by Abraham, who is traditionally believed to have been born in Sanliurfa.

This is a blessing, as otherwise Gobekli Tepe is not going to last very long at all under the current political climate (it has already been closed now to the public for well over a year and a half, and this is NOT simply because of the new roof being built).

Here is Jason Colavito's blog on the subject:


Here is the original story in Turkey's Hurriyet News:



A recent Channel 5 documentary focused on Gobekli Tepe claiming that its existence in southeast Turkey and the spread of civilization from the same region is recalled in the monotheistic concept of the Garden of Eden.

Here is the link to a review of the documentary in The Guardian:


All that's fine, and I am glad that mainstream media and some alternative historians and archaeologists are waking up to this fact. However, having come this far I would like to introduce them to my books:

From the Ashes of Angels (1996)
God of Eden (1998)
Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods (2014)

All of these books build a strong, consistent case to show that the emergence of southeast Anatolia's Pre-Pottery Neolithic world was responsible for catalysing the Neolithic revolution, which is recalled in the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the stories of the fallen Watchers of the book of Enoch (the Anunnaki of Sumerian tradition) providing humanity with the rudiments of civilization.

At the end of the day, I am just happy that what I write is on the right track, even if it is completely ignored by all but a few. P. S. Thank you at least for reading my books, and taking me seriously!


Evidence emerging from Brazil's Mato Grosso of the discovery of a human campsite going back 30,000 years. Archaeologists have found evidence of hearths and tools made from stone and the bones of giant sloths.

Over 300 chipped stone tools were found with clear evidence of serration and retouching, which can only be of human creation.

The excavations took place at Santa Elina, 80 km from Cuiabá under the leadership of Denis Vialu, and Águeda Vega Vialu of the National Museum of Natural History of France.

The site has been dated using three different methods including carbon-14 and optical luminescence. This has provided a minimum age for the campsite of 27,000 years.

It is important to recall that North American archaeologists are reluctant to accept any human activity in the Americas earlier than around 15,000-20,000 years.

The archaeologists involved in the excavations suggest that the earliest peoples to arrive in Brazil might have come from Africa.

Intriguingly, they talk about ocean currents that would have taken voyagers from Africa across to Brazil and the Caribbean.

Although the oldest official evidence of human activity in the Caribbean is no more than 8000 years old, I propose in "Atlantis in the Caribbean" that the archipelago was occupied at least by the time of the Younger Dryas event, ca. 10,800-9600 BC.

The news story is in Portuguese:


A rough translation into English is given at the bottom of this e-newsletter.


An 8,600-year-old bear statuette has been found during excavations at a Neolithic site near Izmir in Turkey.

The baked clay object comes from the Yesilova Mound, which is contemporary to the more well known urban centre of catalhoyuk on the Konya Plain in central southern Turkey.

Here is the original story:



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Brazilian discovery increases the discussion

When mankind arrived in the Americas?

Sen da Silveira-De São Paulo for BBC Brazil BBC Brasil, in São Paulo 26/11/201706h34

Stone tools, bonfires and adornments Recém-encontrados in Mato Grosso and dated almost 30000 years have given fuel to a historical discussion in modern archaeology: the date of arrival of humans in the Americas.
There are different theories, from those who claim that the event occurred about 12000 years ago even those who bet on 100,000 years or more.

The recent discovery was made in the archaeological site of Santa Elina, 80 km from Cuiabá. The archaeologists responsible for excavations, Denis Vialu, and Águeda Vega Vialu, the National Museum of Natural History of France, affirm that this Brazilian region has been inhabited for at least 27000 years.

"A proof is the presence of more than 300 objects of chipped stone, with serrated and retouching, which could only have been made by the hand of man," says Águeda, which carries excavations in the Serra das Macaws since 1995.
Another evidence of human presence, according to her, is remnants of bonfires.

' Triple rarity '

The material found was dated by three different methods, involving from carbon to 14 to optical luminescence.

According to Águeda, the site of Santa Elina brings a triple rarity: "The first is that human occupations Pleistocênicas (between 2,588,000 and 11700 years ago) are rare and for while there is the only site discovered in the center of the South American continent."
The second and third rarities relate to the adornments found: some were made with bones of giant sloths of the genus Glossotherium, already extinct.

"It is the first case in Brazil of a perfect association of man with the extinct megafauna," she explains. "There are the manufacture of symbolic objects with megafauna bones, turning them into adornments."
Discussion since Columbus

The discussion on the date of arrival of humanity in the Americas refers to the times of Christopher Columbus, when he landed in the Caribbean on October 12, 1492.

He was greeted by the Tainos people, a friendly people, that the Genoese navigator in service of Spain thought they were Indians, because he was convinced he had reached India-and remained with that conviction until death.

The discoverer of America did not know, but its arrival in the continent has indeed marked the reunion of two evolutionary lineages of Homo sapiens, which were separated at least 50000 years ago: its own, European, and the first American, Mongoloides, related to the Asian peoples.

Since then, the mystery persists: how and when the peoples found by Columbus have arrived in the Americas?

Theories are not missing. The oldest and toughest is the model known in English as Clovis-first (Clovis-1st). It owes its name to a so-called archaeological site, discovered in 1939, in New Mexico, United States.

On site, chipped stone artifacts were found, dated 11400 years ago. According to this theory, advocated primarily by the American archaeological community, the arrival would have occurred about 12000 years ago.

The so-called "three migration Model", suggested in 1983 by Christy Turner, is based on a broad survey of dental diversity, which concluded that there were three migratory leads from Siberia to America.

The first, 11000 years ago, would have originated all the Indians from Central and South America and the majority of Native American peoples. The second would have arrived 9000 years ago and originated the ancestral Indians from the Apaches and Navajos, especially in the Pacific coast of the United States and Canada. The latter would be much newer, 4000 years ago, and composed by the ancestors of the Eskimos and Peoples Aleutian (in the Arctic Circle).

Brazilian theories

Brazilian scientists also have their theories of occupation of the Americas.

One was developed by biologist and anthropologist Walter Alves Neves and by the geographer Luís Beethoven Jatan Patel, both of the University of São Paulo (USP). They propose that the first Americans reached the mainland in two migratory leads, the first for 14000 years and the second there are 11000, coming from Asia by the Bering Strait.

According to them, the first lead would be composed of a population with traits similar to those of Africans and Aboriginal Australians. The second era of mongoloides, similar to the current Asian and American Indians.
A second theory was proposed by three Brazilian geneticists and an Argentine anthropologist, defending that there was only one migratory lead, 18000 years ago.

Prior to that, the ancestors of migrants had been "trapped" in the Beríngia, region that United Alaskans northeast of Siberia and that at that time was not underwater (it was the apex of the last glacial period and the sea was 120 meters below the current level).

"This population has sheltered from types similar to Africans to the present-day Indians," explains Maria Cátira Bortolini, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, a member of the group.

There's still a third theory about the occupation of America. Much more controversy, she was proposed by the archaeologist Niéde Guidon, based on her findings in various archaeological sites in southern Piauí.

For her, the man came to the region nothing less than 100,000 years ago, coming directly from Africa, crossing the Atlantic, at a time when the planet was also in an icy period, with the sea 120 meters below its current level.

"With this, the number of islands between the euro-African coast and the South American coast was much larger," he says. "Moreover, the maritime currents favourits passage to the east, to the Caribbean and to the north coast of Brazil."

It is in this context that the discovery of the vial or increase the controversy.

Some Brazilian researchers see it with caution and others, as the confirmation that humans have reached the mainland long before they propose some theories.

"Authors are archaeologists with excellent training, so their publications should be taken into consideration," says Guido. "All findings are important in archaeology, because traces are usually under the earth and can disappear over the years."

O geneticista Fabrício Santos, da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), outro membro do grupo que propôs a teoria de uma leva só de migrantes, é mais cauteloso.

"It's another place with old dates," he says. "It seems to be well dated, but it has no human bones, only two punctured utensils. It opens up perspective that the occupation of South America may be older, but more evidence is lacking with several human remains and also bones. "
In what everyone agrees is that the model Clovis-first is outdated because of a series of discoveries in recent decades.

"The idea that Clovis culture would have been the first to emerge in America was definitively discarded due to the undeniable antiquity of the Mount Verde site in Chile, 12500 years ago, says researcher Francisco Mauro Salzano, the Department of Genetics of the Institute of The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRS).

"Moreover, a series of other dates in South and North America served as a strengthening of the abandonment of this theory, including an arrowhead found buried in the rib of a mastodon, on site Manis, Washington, USA, dated 13800 years ago."



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