Contact in the Desert has been described as the “Woodstock of UFO Conventions”, and is focussed on encounters with aliens, and — in terms of human history — on the “Ancient Astronaut” theory. I am quite sure that the phenomenon currently construed as visitors from other planets in unidentified flying objects is completely real but I also think is it MUCH more interesting, and MUCH more mysterious than just physical beings a bit like us but with higher tech. We have a MYSTERY here. We should not impose our own preconceptions on it but allow it to speak for itself. As regards the “Ancient Astronaut” theory — I simply don’t need it. All of the anomalies of history and prehistory pointed to as evidence for their case by Ancient Alien enthusiasts are — in my view — better explained as the traces of a lost human civilization of pre-historic antiquity. So, although I hear rumours that I am to be lynched at Contact for not buying into the whole ancient astronaut package, and particularly for disputing Zecharia Sitchin’s “translations” of cuneiform texts and the whole Anunnaki/Nephilim meme, I will be there to speak my truth: http://contactinthedesert.com/grahamhancock/. On Friday June 3rd, from 2pm to 3.45 pm I’ll be giving a lecture in the main conference hall, open to all, entitled “Ancient Astronauts or Lost Civilization”, I’ll also be presenting a Workshop on Saturday June 4th from 10.30am to 12.30 entitled The Consciousness Connection: Psychedelics, Entities, ‘Dark Matter’ and Parallel Dimensions. And on Monday June 6th, 9 am to 12 noon, I’m holding an open house “Intensive” for discussion with both supporters and critics of my work — let’s discuss everything! Details for registration at my workshop and intensive can be found by clicking this link: http://contactinthedesert.com/grahamhancock/. Hope to see you in the desert!!