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‘Have You Come to Take the King Away?’: A survey of archaeology and folklore in context

Paphitis, T; (2013) ‘Have You Come to Take the King Away?’: A survey of archaeology and folklore in context. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology , 23 (1) 10.5334/pia.434. Green open access

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Abstract

The past two decades have seen a significant increase in archaeological investigations implicitly, or explicitly, encompassing folkloric material. Many such publications begin with a brief mention of the early historical connection between the two disciplines via antiquarianism, and the problems and possibilities of engaging with folklore in archaeological research. However, it is apparent that many archaeological researchers have little or no understanding of the historical, theoretical and methodological development of folklore or its close relation to archaeology - thus limiting potential engagement and generating (sometimes invalid) assumptions about folkloric materials and folklore as a discipline. Through a case study of an archaeological site with a long and rich folkloric history, this paper will explore the almost identical development of the two disciplines, and their shifting interaction in relation to disciplinary changes and the socio-political contexts. It will also provide some key references for researchers wishing to study the subject further with the hope that better-informed critiques will demonstrate the potential for collaboration between the two disciplines.

Type: Article
Title: ‘Have You Come to Take the King Away?’: A survey of archaeology and folklore in context
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/pia.434
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/pia.434
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright is retained by the author(s).
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1430175
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