Just a heads up to all my readers that the "Popular Antiquities: Folklore and Archaeology" conference –– co-organised by yours truly alongside Tina Paphitis and Dr. Caroline Oates –– is scheduled to go ahead on this coming weekend, 12-13 October. A joint venture between The Folklore Society (FLS) and University College London (UCL), the conference is the third of its kind and shall be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology in Gordon Square, Bloomsbury (the nearest tube stations are Euston, Euston Square, and Russell Square).
I will be chairing Saturday afternoon's session on the issue of "Megaliths" in folklore; a topic that I find deeply fascinating and on the subject of which I shall be publishing a peer-reviewed paper in the Folklore journal in the next few months (so keep your eyes peeled for that!). Other topics that will be covered over the course of the weekend include the role of folklore in archaeological site management, folklore and archaeology in the work of Thomas Hardy, and memories of the Viking Age in British folklore.
Tickets are still available (get them here: http://popularantiquities.eventbrite.co.uk/), although there should still be a few available at the door on the day(s). Unfortunately the event isn't free, but we do offer concessions for students, the unwaged, and FLS members, and with your entry money we do supply both lunch and refreshments (including those of an alcoholic nature). This should be a fantastic, insightful, and all-round informative weekend, so I really hope that I shall see as many of you there as possible.