Michael Baigent

Biography

Michael Baigent was born in New Zealand in 1948 and obtained a degree in psychology from Canterbury University, Christchurch. Since 1976 he has lived in England. He is the author of Ancient Traces and From The Omens Of Babylon and, with Richard Leigh, he has co-authored a number of books, including the international best-sellers The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail (with Henry Lincoln), The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception, Secret Germany and, The Elixir And The Stone. His latest book, co-written as always with Richard Leigh, is entitled THE INQUISITION, which reveals the darker side of this infamous Catholic institution both in the past and in the present day.'

He considers that there is nothing too weird to be true.

The Lecture...

Michael once again spoke on the origins of the Giza necropolis, and showed that pottery finds from the Maadi culture, c. 3600 BC, had been found in the proximity of the Great Pyramid. Following in the footsteps of Michael Cremo's work, he then focused his attentions on a polished piece of plank discovered in the Jordan Valley in 1989 and subsequently found to be 400,000 years old. It had all the hallmarks of being made by modern man, although at this time humanity is considered to have been no more than ape-men. Perhaps inevitably, the whole matter was quietly swept under the carpet by Israeli archaeologists. Even the negatives of the only pictures taken of this extraordinary artefact went missing.

Next to be addressed was the great loss of coastlines following the melting of the ice caps at the end of the last Ice Age. As I determined during my work in the Bahamas, there is good reason to assume that peoples were displaced from various low-lying regions during this tumultuous epoch, and this was the opinion offered by Michael today. Since most cultures would have been coastal, any traces of their culture would have been wiped without trace. It remains to be seen just what can be found in the shallow waters off the coasts of every major continent.

His latest books are: Ancient Traces ( Penguin ) and The Inquistion ( Viking - Penguin paperback due out in July 2000 ) written with his colleague, Richard Leigh.

Questing Conference 2000