Archaeology And Folklore

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Archaeology and Folklore explores the complex relationship between the two disciplines to demonstrate what they might learn from each other.
This collection includes theoretical discussions and case studies drawn from Western Europe, the Mediterranean and North. They explore the differences between popular traditions relating to historic sites and archaeological interpretations of their history and meaning.

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Pt. I Archaeology and folklore studies 1
1 'As long as ever I've known it ... ': on folklore and archaeology 3
2 Folklore and world view 26
3 Focusing on time: disciplining archaeology in Sweden 35
4 Back to the future: resonances of the past in myth and material culture 48
5 Of thunderbirds, water spirits and chiefs' daughters: contextualising archaeology and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) oral traditions 67
6 Feminism, paganism, pluralism 83
7 Apocalypse past/future: archaeology and folklore, writ large 90
8 Songs remembered in exile? Integrating unsung archives of Highland life 106
9 Of 'The Green Man' and 'little green men' 129
Pt. II Interpreting monuments in archaeology and popular culture 137
10 Integrating the past: folklore, mounds and people at Catalhoyuk 139
11 On the folklore of the Externsteine - or a centre for Germanomaniacs 158
12 The continuing reinvention of the Etruscan myth 175
13 Naming the places, naming the stones 196
14 Clearance cairns: the farmers' and the archaeologists' views 214
15 Coming to terms with local approaches to Sardinia's nuraghi 230
16 Archaeology as folklore: the literary construction of the megalith Pentre Ifan in west Wales 240
17 The last refuge of the faeries: archaeology and folklore in East Sussex 255
Index 274
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