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Dubai Conference Spotlights Interest in Ancient Mysteries

Is Atlantis rising in Dubai? From indoor ski venues to vast luxury developments built on artificial islands, the oil-rich desert kingdom on the southern Persian Gulf has amply demonstrated that when it is interested in something, cost is no restraint on its imagination. Now, apparently, the kingdom has publicly demonstrated its taste for ancient myster­ies—Atlantis Rising-style.

For two days in November (the 29th and 30th) no less than five (out of eight) world-class speakers who have ei­ther written for, or been featured in, these pages were showcased. On hand for “The International Conference on An­cient Studies” (subtitled “The Mysteries of Ancient Civilization”) at the pyramid-shaped Raffles Hotel in Dubai city, United Arab Emirates, were Robert Schoch, Thomas Brophy, John Major Jenkins, Robert Bauval, and Michael Cremo, all familiar to regular readers of this magazine. Also participating were Mahmoud Marai, discoverer of the remains of the ancient kingdom Yam in Egypt’s western desert; Dr. Constantino Manuel Torres with new evidence on the an­cient peoples of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile; and Dr. Luis Eduardo Luna with recent research on the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest.

Dr. Schoch is best known for his re-dating of the Great Sphinx of Egypt to a much greater antiquity than has been held by orthodoxy. Dr. Thomas Brophy has found evidence in the ruined monuments of Nabta Playa in the western desert of Egypt showing highly advanced, pre-historic astronomical knowledge. John Major Jenkins is celebrated for his research into Mayan knowledge of the solar system’s current approach to the galactic center concurrent with the end of the 25,000-year-plus precession of the equinoxes. Robert Bauval has hypothesized a link between Egypt’s Giza plain and the constellation of Orion from a period beginning in 10,500 B.C.; and Michael Cremo has argued that the ancient Vedic time cycles and the possibility of very ancient humans are notions supported by evidence which has been ignored or repressed by mainstream archaeology.

All of these ideas are controversial, to say the least, and the fact that conference organizers in Dubai wanted to hear more about them is significant. Whether it represents official policy or not, sponsors readily acknowledge that it could not have happened without the patronage of Dubai’s royal family.

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