expeditions, conferences, workshops & study-tours 2003

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expeditions, conferences, workshops & study-tours 2003

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The events of July 16th to 22nd 1994, when the remnants of a fragmenting comet, P/Shoemaker-Levy 9, bombarded the

surface of Jupiter causing fireballs many times the size of our own planet, were an abrupt wake-up call even for those

who were aware of them. The historical sciences generally, and arch?ology in particular, have collectively painted

a picture of the past as if our planet ‘stands alone in empty space’. Nothing could be further from reality. Our

restless planet exists in a solar system that has experienced a very dynamic history over the past 20 to 30

millennia, and it is only from this perspective that the true history of human civilisation will ever be fully

understood. The Morien Institute Events List therefore contains details about relevant expeditions,

conferences, lecture-tours, workshops, study-tours and seminars covering many perspectives


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“Australian Minor Planet Workshop July 25, 26 & 27, 2003 – Nelson Bay, N.S.W.”


Australian Minor Planet Workshop is timed to take advantage of the presence

in Australia of numerous professional astronomers for the 25th General

Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, and occurs at the end

of that event”.


aims of the workshop include the bringing together of amateur and professional

astronomers for the exchange of knowledge and skills in the field of minor

planet observations and research. It will bring together top overseas

and local experts, result in training in concepts and techniques, and

enable networking with others in the field. If you are an amateur astronomer

interested in minor planets this is a good place to either begin or develop

your knowledge and skills. A varied program

of presentations is being prepared for the workshop. Time will

also be allowed for questions and free discussion.


workshop will be held at the Port Stephens Marina Resort in Nelson Bay,

two and a half hours drive north of Sydney. It will commence after lunch

on Friday afternoon July 25 and

conclude on Sunday afternoon, July 27, 2003. Delegates

may book into the Resort for both accommodation and workshop, or as day

delegates arranging their own accommodation elsewhere. Registration information

is found here. Registration

has now been extended to July 11, 2003. However,

workshop numbers are limited and registrations will be processed on a

first come, first served basis. Accommodation will also be allocated on

the same basis. Book now so as not to miss out.”


“Annular Solar Eclipse Astro-arch?ology Expedition May 31 2003”

The Morien

Institute May 2003 Astro-arch?ology Expedition will take

place from Sunday May 25th., 2003, to Sunday June 1st, 2003. Each day

we will post an ‘expedition log’

containing a new page of photographs linked from this page, and this will

culminate at the end of the week in images of the ‘annular

solar eclipse’ which will occur at sunrise on Saturday

May 31st 2003. Photographs will be taken from the observation point weather



is welcome to join us, and the final decision of observation point will

be made in situ on the island, but will be either the

Ring of Brodgar megalithic stone circle, or the

Stones of Stenness. Visitors wanting to find these sites on

their own would be wise to get a copy of the

Landranger Map No.6, which shows the location of all megalithic

sites on the Orkney Islands



City Expedition – April 21 to May 22 2003”

“Please join us on our cruise of discovery

to the Lost City Hydrothermal Field at the summit of the Atlantis Massif,

30°N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. During this 32 day expedition, 24

scientists onboard the research vessel the Atlantis will dive deep into

the ocean to explore active limestone chimneys that rise 200 feet above

the seafloorn”

Anyone can follow the progress of this deep sea expedition online, where

a Daily

Journal will be posted on the expedition website. You can also

take a look at the Site

Map which lists all the schools and university participants and

details the expedition’s objectives. Expedition participants will do a

wide variety of experimentse, some of which are:


will also sample and grow microorganisms that may provide information

key to understanding the development of early life on Earth, and use a

free swimming robot to create a high resolution map of this field–which

is unlike any hot spring system yet discovered on our planet.”


“95th Anniversary of the Tunguska Event”

an image link to more Tunguska pictures on the conference website in Russia


© 2002 V. Romeiko

Left rare survived remnants of trees

fallen during the Tunguska Event. Please click on the image to see

more images from Tunguska

June 2526, in Moscow


June 2829, in Krasnoyarsk


June 30July 2, in Vanavara



final locations of the conference will be announced early in 2003,

along with final confirmation of the above dates.


interested participants there is currently a Call For



2003 there will be the 95th anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska event.

Despite numerous hypotheses, there is still no consensus on “what

it was”. The hypotheses vary from a meteorite fall,

and a gas outburst to an “alien spaceship”

(see, for example, Tunguska

98, and Tunguska

2001 conferences). Thus due to large interest

in scientific and general public, administration of Evenkia has

decided to organize, and hold an international conference “95th

Anniversary of the Tunguska event” (i.e.

“Tunguska 2003”) in cities of Moscow, and Krasnoyarsk,

and in a settlement of Vanavara (which

is about 70 km from the Tunguska epicenter).

And, of course, a trip to the Tunguska epicenter is planned. So even if you are not a scientist, but just interested to visit the epicenter as a tourist, for example, you are welcome also!


“Exploring the Maltese prehistoric temple culture”

an image link to more Malta temple pictures on the conference website


© 2002 OTS Foundation

Left the Hypogeum is one of the most intriguing structures of those that still survive from the ancient ‘Temple Culture’ of Malta and Gozo. Please click on the image for registration and attendance details

September 25 27 2003

The OTS Foundation EMPTC Conference, De Porres Cultural Center, Sliema, MALTA

For interested participants there is currently a

Call For Abstracts

The purpose of

the conference is to encourage a broad examination of the megalithic

monuments and related artifacts of Malta and Gozo from a variety

of fields of research. The goal is to fill some of the gaps in understanding

and identifying the amazing prehistoric people who built them, and

to know more about what happened to them. It is further suggested

that relationships between various aspects of the Maltese material

and the antiquity of other regions may reveal pattern and association.


conference will provide a meeting place for professionals and scholars

from a variety of disciplines including Archaeology and Anthropology,

Architecture and Engineering, History and Prehistory, the Physical

and Social Sciences, Mythology and Folklore, Philosophy and Religion.

The intent is to facilitate trans-disciplinary exchange of studies

as focused on a common interest of identifying and under-standing

the “temple culture”

of the Maltese Islands.

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please take a look at our live-sky events images archive for April – June 2002


please take a look at our selection of quality prints & posters of

astronomy, space and night sky images

and our selection of quality prints & posters of

prehistoric cave paintings and rock art

from around the world


please take a look at our astronomy programs & night-sky software for PCs and our

Ancient Mysteries Bookshoppe for a wide selection of books that challenge

orthodox views of prehistory on every continent





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