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Monstrous Antiquities Conference

Publication date: Oct 23, 2013 4:39:14 PM

Start: Nov 1, 2013 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 3, 2013 5:00:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture

A conference on 'Monstrous Antiquities', looking at archaeology and the uncanny in popular culture, will be held at the Institute from 1-3 November 2013. 

Haunted ruins, cursed artefacts, arcane rituals and ambulant mummies: archaeology and the ancient world have provided some of the most effective and ubiquitous scenarios for tales of horror and the supernatural. Authors and filmmakers such as MR James, Bram Stoker and Terence Fisher have drawn heavily upon popular conceptions of both the ancient past and the work of the archaeologist.

The conference 'Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture' aims to study and celebrate this long and productive relationship.

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to the organisers John J. Johnston, Gabriel Moshenska and Tina Paphitis at monstrousantiquities@gmail.com