I am very pleased to announce that the publishing company Taylor and Francis have just uploaded a copy of my latest published paper over at their website, where it is now available for download. The paper itself appears in the latest volume of peer-reviewed academic journal Folklore, the U.K.'s foremost outlet in the field of folkloristics and the thrice-a-year publication of the prestigious Folklore Society. Although this is my fourth published research paper, Folklore is certainly the biggest "name" journal to publish any of my work, so (for me personally at least) it marks an exciting milestone in my academic trajectory.
|Logo of the Folklore Society, publishers of Folklore.|
During the middle years of the twentieth century, British pioneers of Wicca, the neopagan witchcraft religion, adopted prehistoric megaliths as ‘sacred sites’ and appropriated the folklore that surrounded them for their own magico-religious purposes. In turn, Wiccan interpretations of such sites resulted in the creation of a new ‘alternative archaeological’ megalithic folklore.
For me the paper has been a way of exploring the areas where many of my research interests intersect and merge. Not only does it deal with archaeology in that it is looking at megalithic monuments, but it also explores the field of folklore, as well as that of religious studies, in particular the study of contemporary Paganism(s). These are all areas where I am actively continuing my research, so if all goes to plan I shall be publishing on the Pagan use of archaeology and folklore again in future.