While waiting outside the grey 1950s block that is the Institute yesterday afternoon, an amiable Russian colleague-in-arms named Eugenia handed me a copy of the latest edition of Artifact magazine. A publication brought out by students, for students, Artifact is now into its second year and fifth issue, a special edition dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Institute that contains an interview with Institute director Steve Shennan. For the first time, some of my own work has been included within its pages, the transcript of a talk I gave at the May 2011 UCL-IOA undergraduate conference, which was based on the rather broad theme of "Archaeology in a Rapidly Changing World." Entitled "Archaeology and Neopaganism: A Stormy Relationship in Britain Today", the transcript, like the talk which I originally gave, is designed as an introduction to the relationship between archaeology and the Pagan community in contemporary Britain, delving into the work of academics like Cynthia Eller, Robert Wallis and Jenny Blain, naturally accompanied by some of my own observations from having been involved with both communities.I'll be the first to admit that it is hardly pioneering or scholarly stuff, but I hope that it might just get a few archaeologists to think a little differently when they next encounter a Pagan.
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Nice use of images though.
|The latest edition of Artifact magazine,|
brought to you by the fine undergraduate
students of the UCL-IOA.