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Dr. Benjamin B. Olshin is a professor of philosophy, history, and history of science at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Initially, his work looked at Greek and Roman texts dealing with cartography and exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. Later, his research turned to early European maps and texts concerning Atlantic exploration, and as a Fulbright scholar, he studied Portuguese navigations and cartography in Lisbon, Portugal. A skeptic by nature, he is nonetheless interested in an open-minded attitude towards evidence, and believes that a "systems" approach is needed to sort out the many claims concerning early ventures into the oceans. Despite his European focus, Dr. Olshin has also written on early Chinese navigation and cartography.

Romeo H. Hristov is an archaeologist specializing in Mesoamerica. He holds an undergraduate studies in archaeology from the National School of Anthropology and History of Mexico, and Ph.D. (ABD) in Prehistory/Archaeology from the University of Salamanca, Spain. At present he is an Associate of Anthropology in the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and currently concluding his Ph.D. dissertation and a book on possible Trans-Atlantic voyages before Columbus.
Mr. Hristov will speak about an apparent Roman terra-cotta head found in pre-Hispanic burial offering near Mexico City. Due to its discovery during controlled archaeological excavation, and in context without apparent traces of alterations, this find suggests that several centuries before the memorable voyages of Columbus and the Vikings, there had been another, perhaps accidental, crossing of the Atlantic ocean from ancient Mediterranean mariners. Recent stylistic analysis has corroborated the identification of the artifact as Roman, and thermoluminiscence (TL) age test has established its age limits between IX BC-XIII AD centuries, which is consistent with the Roman origin hypothesis. Click to learn more >>>

Mark and Wendy Phillips of the Anishinaabe Tribe have carried the teachings of their people for many years and preserve it for future generations. Now, as directed by their teachers, the time has come to share with the wider world those stories that speak of one people separated by many years who soon will be reunited. They also will share the stories of early contact, including those which happened many years before Columbus. Mark has carried the stories of his teacher, Wilson Ashkewe for over 35 years. Wendy's family carries a prophesy for the Anishinaabe people. The preservation of these teachings has been the work of their life.

Danny Hennigar, author and amateur historian, has long been fascinated by the history of Oak Island. In 1973 he got what he describes as his “dream job” when he became an Oak Island tour guide hired by the Nova Scotia Provincial Department of Tourism. Since that time, Mr. Hennigar has diligently researched the history of Nova Scotia’s longest running and most famous treasure hunt. He is a respected member of the Oak Island Tourism Society dedicated to establishing a world class tourism project on the famous island. He is also a founder of Explore Oak Island Days, a festival celebrating the mystery of Oak Island.
He describes himself as “no wide eyed believer” in everything that has been written about Oak Island and is very pragmatic and realistic about his approach to this mystery. He has been on local, regional and international radio shows, regional television, participated in several national and international documentaries and has written extensively about this subject. He is sought after by researchers, authors, film makers and theorists for advise, opinions, material and knowledge. He hopes you will allow your ears and mind to open wide while he speaks about Oak Island. 
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Richard White, a native of New London, Connecticut, is an author and historian. His latest work is an account of the Sinclair expedition, These Stones Bear Witness.  Its aim is to provide a clear-headed look at the evidence of the Sinclair voyage of 1398 and, in particular, the influence of Scandinavia's Queen Margrete.  Margrete I’s ambitious unification of Norway, Sweden and Denmark, as well as the Orkney, Shetland and Faroe Islands, brought together a short-lived empire in the North Atlantic and Henry Sinclair was her premier Earl.  Mr. White earned a bachelor’s degree at the red-brick state college in New Britain, CT, where he majored in English.  He went on to acquire an M.A. at Trinity in Hartford.

Diane E. Wirth spent 10 years researching and meticulously documenting the similarities between two ancient, venerable civilizations - Mesoamerica and the ancient Middle East - and presents convincing evidence that the similarities in customs, beliefs and iconography of these two cultures are likely more than coincidence. Diane has a B.A. from Brigham Young University and was a post-graduate student at Harvard University. She has journeyed extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, including seven weeks of travel with the renowned Mayanist, the late Dr. Linda Schele (recognized as one of the best epigraphers in the field). For more than 30 years, Diane has studied ancient Mesoamerican cultures, specializing in iconography, mythology, religion and cultural traditions. Diane has delivered over 50 lectures on these topics and has authored numerous articles for journals, magazines and digests as well as her book, "Parallels: Mesoamerican and Ancient Middle Eastern Traditions."
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Garth V. Norman is President of the Ancient America Foundation (AAF) for professional and scriptural archaeology research, and is Director of Archaeological Research Consultants (ARCON Inc.). He began his professional archaeology career in 1965 and worked as a research associate with the BYU-New World Archaeological Foundation’s Izapa, Mexico project, completing the major work on the Izapa Sculpture project in 1976, which includes the Stela 5 Tree of Life stone. These are statues depicting bearded figures. It is a fact that American Indians do not have enough facial hair to grow beards. He has graduate degrees in Ancient Scripture and in Archaeology/Anthropology, and has had a life-long research interest in archaeology exploration of the Book of Mormon. He is working on a book focusing on the origin and development of early mesoamerican temple centers.
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Stephen J. Augustine is Hereditary Chief on the Mi'kmaq Grand Council, Curator of Ethnology for Eastern Maritimes, in the Ethnology Services, Division of the Canadian Museum of Civilization , Gatineau, Quebec.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Political Science from St. Thomas University (New Brunswick), and also holds a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies from Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario. Over the years, he has shared his expertise in research and traditional knowledge with many organizations, including the Assembly of First Nations, government departments, and various Aboriginal communities across Canada. He has organized cross-cultural workshops for a wide variety of agencies (the United Nations as well as federal and provincial universities and museums). His recent book, Mi'kmaq & Maliseet Cultural Ancestral Material (Mercury Series, CMC, 2005), promises to be a valuable resource for academic researchers and educators alike. In his role as a Hereditary Chief on the Mi'kmaq Grand Council, and by Elders' training since an early age, Stephen J. Augustine has a thorough command of traditional practices, his language, and the history of his people.
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Gunnar Thompson, Ph.D., an author and anthropologist, has been called “the Sherlock Holmes” of American History. Among his most notable achievements are the discovery of the Omnibus Power Sign—which proved ancient contact between China and Mexico, and the discovery of Albertin di Virga’s 1414 Map which includes North and South America nearly a century before Columbus. He is the author of several controversial books including Nu Sun, American Discovery, The Friar’s Map, and Secret Voyages to the New World. The Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl endorsed Gunnar's first book about voyages by the ancient Chinese to Mexico in 300 BC. The Smithsonian archeologist, Betty Meggers, called him “the vanguard of a new generation of scholars.” In May of 2005, he gave a presentation about Marco Polo’s West Coast voyages at the Library of Congress. In March of 2006, he was awarded the Zheng He Trophy in Beijing for his work on the Ming World Map. This map features a Chinese version of North and South America nearly a century before Columbus.
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Michael Thrasher (KA-WHYWA-WEET) is a nationally recognized Métis teacher of Anishinabi First Nations philosophy, tradition and culture. He was initiated into pre contact traditional teachings and ceremonies by the Elders of his community. These ancient traditions came from spiritual teachers with a lineage dating back to the early civilization of First Nation’s.  In addition, he was the co-chair of the first Round Table Hearings for the Royal Commission in Edmonton. His contacts and experience extend from the grass roots of the First Nations community to the offices of governments and multi-national corporations. He will be speaking on ancient Native traditions regarding early trans-Atlantic contact.
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Scott F. Wolter P.G. is a geologist by trade and owns American Petrographic Services in St. Paul, Minnesota. He will be speaking on the Kensington Runestone. Eminent geologists and complete skeptics of the authenticity of the much-debated stone have walked away from a presentation by Mr. Wolter utterly convinces of it's history as a relic of very early Norse visitation to Minnesota. Scott Wolter worked to bring the Runestone to a modern geophysics laboratory so that the chiseling of the runes and the weathering of the stone could be examined under high-power scanning. His work raised the probability that the Kensington Stone is authentic, Alice Kehoe agreed to assist in presenting this research to the 2000 Plains/Midwest Archaeological Conference. Preparing an introduction to the session, Kehoe looked at the historical situation in Scandinavia in 1362 and found it to be in economic and political crisis, likely to stimulate efforts to extend the Canadian Maritimes Norse/Indian/Inuit trade up the St. Lawrence, into the Great Lakes and west –trade routes used for centuries by Indians. Alice B. Kehoe refers to Wolter as "a hard scientist...who understands the methodology of science and inference, from data, to the best explanation. As Kehoe says, "The notion that the Kensington Runestone is a hoax is not supported by contemporary data."  Click to learn more >>

Martin Carriere is a highly tenacious, forward thinking, accomplished business professional and social community builder. Past involvement in professional marketing and corporate fundraising, Metis and Native art promotion and marketing, International Games Industry, Corporate Barter Exhange owner and manager, independant contractor, lazure artist, percussionist and community growth facilitator. Over 30 years experience in genealogical and historic Metis and related research, Previous involvement in a variety of indigenous and social community boards and committees. Current executive member of the Canadian Metis Council, member of the advisory councils for the Sinclair Family DNA Research Project and the Atlantic Conference, and the Metis Community Development Corporation. Currently heading a Metis and Native dna research project. Also currently involved in protecting traditional historic and sacred sites. With a strong belief that service is the key to community progression and that by building strong and healthy community we ensure a quality experience for our grandchildren and future generations.
 

 

 

 
         


 

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