The Worldwide Atlantic Conference 2009 was a success. 

The presentations can be viewed below. The audio interviews are to the right. 

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The presentations and interviews from the Atlantic Conference 2009 will remain accessible for years to come. With over 22 hours of material covering ancient seafaring and  pre-Columbian contact, it is our hope that this website will become a resource for modern day exploers. The presentations are in a variety of media - Videos, Self-running slide shows, and audio-only presentations. Most are about 45 minutes in duration. These will remain a part of this site indefinitely and you can view them any time. The one thing you must have to make these work is sound in your computer. If you can't hear anything when you follow the instructions, then something is likely wrong on your end. Feel free to contact Steve St. Clair at the above "contact" link for help.


Michael Thrasher

Michael's presentation covers the stories passed down by his Native people and clear connections to European history.

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Gunnar Thompson

Gunnar has done ground-breaking work on the prevalence of Maize in ancient Egyptian art. This makes it a little difficult for those who claim corn was not introduced into Europe until after the voyage of Christopher Columbus. This will be a multi-part video presentation.

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Andrea di Robilant

Andrea is an author and historian working and living in Italy. Thus, he has an unusual access to records and the history of the Zen (Zeno) brothers, who voyaged out into the Atlantic in search of Cod. Mr. di Robilant has found new information and brings new interpretations to this much-disputed story of pre-Columbian voyaging as he prepares a new book which will be released soon. This is a 3-part video presentation.

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Dr. Evan Jones

Dr. Jones has done unusual and very important work in the history of the Bristol 'discovery' Voyages. To do this, he's looked at historic documents from the 20th century. Part medievalist, part modern day detective, Dr. Jones is clearly chasing one of the more unusual stories in the exploration of history. This is a self-running SlideCast with narration. 

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Zena Halpern

Zena Halpern is doing the definitive work on the maritime goddess Tanit in both the old world and in North America. Carrying on the work of the great Gloria Farley, Zena presents a rivetting 45-minute self-running SlideCast with narration.

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Dr. David H. Kelley, Ph.D.

In this audio presentation, Dr. Kelley points out so many different areas of scientific and academic exploration that overlook the obvious proofs of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact. Dr. Kelley is a careful researchers who maintains a healthy skepticism about many findings which claim to be proof of diffusionism. This skepticism adds even more weight to any evidence with which he agrees.

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Dr. Carl L. Johannessen

Carl L. Johannessen has published what is clearly the definitive book on biological transfer across the oceans before 1492.  After reading the book - "World Trade and Biological Exchanges Before 1492" - and seeing this presentation, I was completely overwhelmed with the sheer weight of evidence Johannessen and co-author John L. Sorenson have put together. Here, he presents a 45 minute synopsis of his research in a self-running SlideCast with narration.

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Scott Wolter, P.G. 

At the Atlantic Conference 2008, Scott presented his latest on unusual symbols on the Kensington Runestone which can also be found on the Narragansett Runestone, the Spirit Pond stone, on the Island of Gotland , and in Rosslyn Chapel. This fascinating work has been turned into a feature now running on The History Channel.  But a feature film can't cover the granular details like Scott does in this video presentation, now available to the world via the 2009 Atlantic Conference. This is a multi-part video presentation.

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Chris A. Patenaude AAS

Chris' presentation will examine the ability for intrigued students to decipher, or at least how to reference an OOPA inscription, and help decide whether, at root, it might be a secular message, a sacred prayer dedication or an astronomical notation. This is a self-running SlideCast with narration. 

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Dr. Stephen C. Jett

In this audio presentation, Dr. Jett discusses a wide range of subjects, such as arbitrary cultural traits like cosmology, calendrics, and art. He'll touch on some of these more complex technologies (barkcloth/paper-making, the blowgun, metallurgy, weaving and dyeing) He mentions language similarities, cultivated plants and domestic fowl. And he goes into areas as intriguing as human intestinal parasites.

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Dr. Manuel L. Da Silva

Dr. Da Silva approaches his work like a specialist doing an autopsy. He does not seek to find, he simply dissects the evidence and states what he sees.  What he saw in the records of the Vatican was that Christopher Columbus (as we spell it) was actually Portuguese. This is a fascinating presentation with large ramifications on diffusionist study.  

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Dr. Benjamin B. Olshin, Ph.D.

Benjamin's audio presentation will cover how amateurs doing research in the field of diffusion could benefit from the same kinds of processes and practices used by those in the academic world - the gathering and handling of evidence, peer review, and more. He considers how inter-disciplinary subjects fall between the cracks in the academic world. Benjamin feels there is an important role for the amateur in this work, and that they (we) can do important work as long as good scientific method is followed. A well-organized system of critique, review, cataloguing, communication, databases, etc. could help the amateur as much as it helps the academic world.

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Rick Osmon

Rick's presentation is called C.O.P.S. - Coalition Of Pre-Columbian Studies. He's taking the next step in diffusionist research and presenting a plan to get this work and the history it reveals into the mainstream. This is not just a presentation, it's a plan, and it includes you, the viewers. This is a self-running SlideCast show with narration.

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