Join Professor Irving Finkel, Professor Robert Temple, Brien Foerster, Andrew Collins, Hugh Newman, and Dr Manjir Samantha-Laughton for one of the most extraordinary weekends of the year. Listen to lectures, news and revelations, and share views and ideas with others on the quest of discovery.

With a Sunday Walkabout around the British Museum.





Professor Irving Finkel

Professor Irving Finkel - The Flood Before Noah

Professor Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script at the British Museum. Born in 1951, he is a British archaeologist and Assyriologist in the spirit of nineteenth century Assyriologist George Smith, who translated cuneiform tablets revealing the Mesopotamian version of the story of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood. The appearance recently of a cuneiform tablet on which was a previously unknown version of the ark story has brought the subject back into the news. Following its translation by Irving Finkel, the palm-sized tablet was found to contain previously unknown elements of the Mesopotamian flood account, including the fact that the Ark was round, and the animals went in two-by-two. The matter is the subject of Irving Finkel's book The Ark Before Noah (Hodder, 2014). It reveals the different forms of the flood narrative, which later feature in both the book of Genesis and the Holy Koran. It is this fascinating story that Irving Finkel reveals to the Origins 2014 audience.

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Watch the Babylonian Mind with Irving Finkel on YouTube

LIVE DIRECT FROM PERU VIA VIDEO - BRIEN FOERSTER - The Genetic Mystery of the Long-headed Skulls

The most controversial story within the ancient mysteries subject recently has been the announcement that mitochondrial DNA extracted from long-headed skulls belonging to the Paracas culture of Peru has revealed that these individuals might not form part of the current human type, Homo sapiens sapiens (click here for more details). This has led to wild speculation that the elite of the Paracas, who thrived around 2,500 years ago and were eventually wiped out by the incoming Nazca people, were either aliens or a human sub-species.

Brien Foerster, the Peruvian-based cranial expert and ancient mysteries writer behind these recent claims addresses the Origins 14 audience via skype to reveal the truth behind these discoveries. He shows that the Paracas elite display unique anatomical traits, including distinctive auburn red hair, missing suture lines, and twin pairs of foramen-like holes, marking them out as unique in the human record. He proposes that their elongated heads might actually be natural in some instances, and not the result of artifical processes involving head boarding or linen wrapping as has always been assumed. He also reviews evidence of long-headed elitism worldwide, revealing a global phenomenon whereby the heads of elite groups were deliberately deformed to mimic the appearance of great ancestors linked time again with the same things - megalithic monuments, ancient astronomies and advanced technologies.

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Brien Foerster with a Paracus skull.

Paracas skull with its distinctive red hair.

Dr Manjir Samanta-Laughton

Dr Manjir Samanta-Laughton - Black Holes and the Origins of Civilizations.

There is growing evidence to suggest that we are not the originators of civilisation but inherited it from advanced societies that lived in some former golden age. So where is the physical evidence for these societies? Why do the ancient accounts insist that our ancestors possessed fantastically long lifespans, and that the ancient kings were of divine origin, descended of the gods themselves?

Most people dismiss these stories as legendary but could there be a real science behind them? In this presentation we will explore a theory of the cosmos that takes us into the heart of black holes and back to explain how space and time may work differently from how we previously thought, giving a possible explanation for the origins of ancient civilisations using evidence from astrophysics.

Dr Manjir Samanta-Laughton MBBS, Dip Bio-energy is a former medical GP, author of Punk Science and The Genius Groove and is the creator and presenter of the Hidden Science show on The People's Voice TV. She is an international speaker and expert on the new paradigm of science.

Click here for Manjir Samanta-Laughton's website

Hugh Newman - The Megalithic Giants: The Lost History of a Forgotten Race

For a long time, it was thought that ‘Giants’ were simply fairy stories, but recent research into old documents, newspapers, journals, first hand reports and old academic publications, suggests these may have been a historical reality. There are accounts in the Bible referencing giants, and Stonehenge was said to be built by Titans. Now there are archaeological reports from both areas that support these claims. Yet it is the discoveries in North America that have created the biggest controversy, as there are now at least 1,000 reports of a powerful giant race, some with double-rows of teeth, red-hair, elongated skulls and six fingers and toes, who existed across the continent from at least 8,000 BC. This evidence is putting the orthodox origins of human history into jeopardy.

At this year’s Origins 2014: the Origins of Civilization Conference in London on November 15, Hugh will give us a whirlwind tour worldwide, focusing on giant skeletons found in the vicinity of ancient sites that may give an insight into how and why these prehistoric sites were built, as well as delve in to why this mystery has been deliberately covered up.

Hugh official website

Hugh Newman is a writer, explorer, conference organiser, international lecturer. He is co-founder also of the Megalithomania conferences, and author of the book Earth Grids (2008). The talk is based on the work he has done with Jim Vieira for new book Giants on Record. He is just one of the speakers at Origins 2014.

Andrew Collins (born 1957), writer, explorer, international lecturer and author of books that challenge the way we see the past, including The Cygnus Mystery (2006), From the Ashes of Angels (1996), and the recently published Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods.

Andrew Collins - Rise of the Human Hybrids

Andrew's bestselling new book Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods advances the theory that the Watchers and Nephilim of the book of Enoch, and the Anunnaki of Mesopotamian mythology, preserve the memory of tall, long-headed Neanderthal-human hybrids that entered eastern Anatolia from the north during the Younger Dryas mini ice age ca. 10,900-9600 BC, and cataclysed events that led eventually to the creation of megalithic sanctuaries such as Gobekli Tepe and Karahan Tepe, both situated in a geographical region remembered as the Garden of Eden and Cradle of Civilization. In this brand new presentation for the Origins 2014 audience Andrew reveals the much wider global impact of human hybrids on the rise of human culture and cosmology. He shows also that the stories of the discovery of giant skeletons at mound sites on the North American continent presents compelling evidence of hybridization involving the recently discovered human sub-species known as the Denisovans. He also reports on new discoveries at Karahan Tepe, which increase dramatically our knowledge of the Gobekli builders' age-old cosmology inherited from a much earlier epoch.

Click here for Andrew Collins's website



The Sirius Mystery Revisited

One of the most inspiring and motivating books in the ancient mysteries subject is The Sirius Mystery by Robert K. G. Temple, first published in 1976. There is little question its proposal that the Dogon tribe of Mali preserved an archaic cosmology implying that celestial beings from the Sirius star system were the founders of civilization furthered the claims earlier made by Erich von Daniken and others that the earth was visited in some former age by extraterrestrials. Yet the book was far more than that. It showed also that the mythologies of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia shared common themes with those of the Dogon, in particular the belief that anthropomorphic beings with fish-like qualities rose from the depths of the primordial waters to educate humankind. Moreover, that the Dogon were aware of a small white dwarf called Sirius B, that made an elliptical orbited around the much larger, and clearly visible, Sirius A, something that should have been impossible to the naked eye alone. The Sirius Mystery inspired a generation, and Origins 2014 extends a warm welcome to its author Dr Robert Temple, who revisits the topic of his book as we approach its fourtieth anniversary. He reveals new information that brings the subject full cycle and re-ignites the mystery for the modern generation.

Click to go to Robert K. G. Temple's website

Robert K. G. Temple (born in 1945), author dozens of books including The Sirius Mystery (1976), The Genius of China (1986), The Crystal Sun (2000), The Sphinx Mystery (2009), Egyptian Dawn (2010)

Venue as before is:

Steiner House Theatre
Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT

Conference Times: Saturday, November 15th
10am - 9pm
(doors open 9.30am)



On Sunday, 16th November, conference delegates can join mysteries writer Andrew Collins on a tour round the British Museum. Expect a walk lasting three hours. See everything from Dr John Dee's scrying mirror and crystal ball to the Rosetta Stone, the Babylonian map of the world and the Round Ark tablet, subject of Irving Finkel's bestselling book The Ark Before Noah.

The British Museum, London
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Cost per ticket £48

Optional Sunday Walkabout of British Museum £14

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Please note that no refunds will be given within seven days of the event taking place.


The venue for the Origins 2013 conference is the plush theatre hall in Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1. It is situated just a short distance from Sherlock Holmes fictional address of 221b Baker Street, which actually exists today (it didn't when Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his Sherlock Holmes stories in the early twentieth century).

The theatre is in the art style of the futurism movement, and forms part of Steiner House, the home of the Anthroposophical Society. This was founded in 1923 by Rudolf Steiner (1861 - 1925) as "a path of knowledge to guide the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe", which aptly describes the function today of psychic questing. For Steiner, the society was "an association of people whose will it is to nurture the life of the soul, both in the individual and in human society, on the basis of a true knowledge of the spiritual world". The organisers of the Origins 2013 conference are honoured to have been given special permission to hold the event at this prestigious venue.

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)

Steiner House is situated at 35 Park Road, London, 5 minutes walk from Baker Street tube station. Just walk to the northern end of Baker Street and turn left onto Park Road. Marylebone station is also close by. For those coming by car, the postcode is NW1 6XT. The nearest car park is Park Road NCP Car Park, 65 Park Rd, Greater London NW1 4SH. Click for directions.


The Saturday conference at Steiner House takes place between 10am and 9pm, with the first lecture beginning at 10.15 am. Doors open at 9.15am. There will be an hour for lunch, and a short break before the keynote lecture in the evening.



Here are a few hotels in the vicinity of the Steiner House venue for the conference.

Park Avenue, Baker Street, 173 Gloucester Place, Westminster, London, NW1 6DX

146 Suites, 146-148 Gloucester Place, Westminster, London, NW1 6DT

Somerset Hotel, 6 Dorset Square, Gloucester Place, Westminster, London, NW1 6QA

Americana Hotel, 172 Gloucester Place, Westminster, London, NW1 6DS

For all bookings, we suggest visiting bookings.com

For an account of the HISTORY of the Questing Conference/QuestCon click here.

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