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Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture

UCL Institute of Archaeology

Friday, 1 November 2013 at 17:00 - Sunday, 3 November 2013 at 17:00 (GMT)

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Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture

Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Sponsored by the Institute of Archaeology World Archaeology Section


Friday 1 November 2013


17:00     Registration


Session 1 Tina Paphitis (Chair)


18:00    Druids, Deities and Daemons: Archaeological Horrors in Doctor Who 

John J Johnston (University College London and The Egypt Exploration Society)              

18:30    Keynote: "I Love you, Mummy": Mummies in Books for Children  

Dr Jean-Marcel Humbert (Independent Researcher)      


19:00    Wine reception at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology               


Saturday 2 November 2013


Session 2 Dr Gabe Moshenska (Chair)


10:00    Digging for Britain: Arthurian Myth and Lost Treasure in Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles

Dr Mike Bintley (Canterbury Christ Church University)  

10:30   "Who knows…what things undreamed-of and infinitely desirable lie beyond the dark gates": Facing the Fear of the Past in E Nesbit's The Story of the Amulet   

Edmund Connolly (University College London)

 11:00  "To worship me, take wine and strange drugs": Archaeology and Occultism in the  Work of Kenneth Anger          

Ethan Doyle White (Independent Researcher) 


11:40    Break   


Session 3 Dr Debbie Challis (Chair)


12:10  The Mummy in a Modern City   

Dr Louis Greenberg (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)  

12:40  Uncanny Statues: Female Mummies as Art(efacts) in Victorian and Edwardian Culture    

Eleanor Dobson (University of Birmingham)      

13:10  Stratigraphy and Super Strength: Exploring the Role of Archaeologists in Graphic Novels

 David R Howell (University of South Wales)       


13:50     Lunch   


Session 4    John J Johnston (Chair)


15:00  "The Accursed Galaxy": Astronomy, Archaeology and the Appeal of Cosmic Horror         

Dr Marek Kukula and Rob Edwards (Royal Observatory Greenwich)        

15:30   Archaeology, Memory and Identity in the Fiction of H P Lovecraft                           

Dr James Holloway (Independent Researcher) 

16:10 Keynote: Where are all the Giants? Monstrous Beings in Ancient Egypt 

Prof W J Tait (University College London)    


16:40    Free time


19:00    Petrie Film Club: The Lair of the White Worm (1988)



Sunday 3 November 2013


Session 5 Dr Chris Naunton (Chair)


10:00  Dead Weight: The Mummy as Travelling Companion      

Dr Jasmine Day (Independent Researcher)         

10:30  Cigars of the Pharaoh: The Monstrous and Ancient Egypt in Comic-books and Cartoons 

George Richards (Independent Researcher)      

11:00  The Theory and Practice of Eternal Curses: A Beginner's Guide    

James Goss (Author)     


11:40     Break   


Session 6 Dr Tony Keen (Chair)


12:10 The City Disinterred: Confronting the Uncanny at Pompeii           

Dr Joanna Paul (The Open University)   

12:40 M.R. James' excavations at Bury Abbey

Dr Gabriel Moshenska (University College London)

13:10 Zombies, Mummies and Carnivorous Beetles: Horrific Egypt in Video Games

Caterina Minniti (University College London)  


13:50     Lunch   


Session 7 John J Johnston (Chair)


15:00  There's Something About Nodens: Statues and Survivals in the Works of Arthur Machen              

Dr Katy Soar (The Open University)        

15:30 The Horror of Folk: Folklore, Archaeology and Fiction                      

Dr Nigel Tallis (The British Museum)     

16:00  Horrors of the Past: Barrows and Barrow-Lore in Fantastic Fiction         

Tina Paphitis (University College London)  


16:40 Closing discussion          


17:00 End


How to get to the Institute of Archaeology

Parking is extremely limited (and very expensive) in Central London, so public transport is advised.

Nearest Tube: Euston, Euston Square, Warren Street, King's Cross St Pancras, Goodge Street, Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road

Nearest Rail: Euston, King's Cross, St. Pancras International

Many buses also serve the area

Please check on the Transport for London website for routes and travel times: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

Please note that engineering works often take place on Tube lines and stations on weekends; check before you travel on the TFL website.


Please note that you must arrange your own accommodation; it cannot be arranged for you by the event organisers. There are many hotels, bed & breakfasts and hostels in Bloomsbury and the surrounding area; suggestions may be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/procurement/all-hotels, but there are many others in the area at lower prices.


John J. Johnston, Dr Gabriel Moshenska, Tina Paphitis


Do you have questions about Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture? Contact UCL Institute of Archaeology

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Institute of Archaeology, UCL
31-34 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

Friday, 1 November 2013 at 17:00 - Sunday, 3 November 2013 at 17:00 (GMT)

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