Popular Antiquities: Folklore & Archaeology 2013

Start: Oct 12, 2013 10:00 AM
End: Oct 13, 2013 03:30 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Popular Antiquities 2013 conference

The Institute of Archaeology and the Folklore Society will host the 3rd annual joint Folklore & Archaeology conference at the Institute on 12 & 13 October.

This two-day conference will present papers exploring the relationship and interaction between archaeology and folklore around the world.

Registration is now open for this event. Registration fees include refreshments and lunch on both days, with a wine reception on the Saturday.


Saturday 12 October 2013

10:00 Open


  • 10:30 James Lloyd (Peterhouse, Cambridge) What is a Folktale?
  • 11:00 Stacy Bowe (Institute of Archaeology, UCL) The Role of Folklore within Archaeological Site Management
  • 11:30 Dr Paul Cowdell (University of Hertfordshire) 'She won't come back to haunt me and taunt me, I know,/ 'Cause I buried her face downward, she's a long way to go'

12:00 Break


  • 12:30 Dr Peter Robson (Independent Researcher) For All the World Like the Cernel Giant in Olden Times: Thomas Hardy and the Folklore of Some Ancient Sites
  • 13:00 Dr Rebecca Welshman (University of Exeter) "He drove me back as if I were a bull breaking fence": Folklore and Archaeology in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)

13:30 Lunch


  • 14:30 Susanne Atkin (Independent Researcher) 'Unlucky for Mortals to Meddle': Preserving Cornwall's Antiquities with Spriggans, Haunted Urns, and Death
  • 15:00 Dr Jonathan Roper (University of Tartu) Burwash Voices

15:30 Break


  • 16:00 Dr Fabio Silva (Institute of Archaeology, UCL & University of Wales Trinity St David) Landscape, Astronomy and Folklore in Megalithic Portugal
  • 16:30 Jeremy Harte (Bourne Hall Museum) Moral Monoliths

17:00 Wine Reception

Sunday 13 October 2013

10:30 Open


  • 11:00 Tom Williams (Institute of Archaeology, UCL & The British Museum) Woeful Danes Bottom and Other Tales: Memories of the Viking Age in England
  • 11:30 John Clark (Museum of London) Medieval Treasure in the Thames: Rubbish, Ritual or Safe Disposal?

12:00 Break


  • 12:30 Ross MacFarlane (Wellcome Trust) Cymru, Kites and Collecting
  • 13:00 Dr Helen Frisby (University of the West of England) Biscuits and Burnt Wine: The Folklore and Material Culture of Victorian Funeral Hospitality

13:30 Lunch


  • 14:30 Ceri Houlbrook (University of Manchester) Trading with the Tooth-Fairy: Folklore and Finances
  • 15:00 Barbara Butler & Chloe Metcalfe (Bath Spa University) West Country Stave Dancing: Revival, Re-Appropriation and Renewal

15:30 End Day 2

Further information

Any enquiries may be directed to the conference organisers: t.paphitis@ucl.ac.uk, enquiries@folklore-society.com and ethan.white.09@ucl.ac.uk.