Mythoarchaeology: Going With the Geopoetic Flow
Thermals on; thick socks and gloves; Zippo warming my pocket… I’m about to kick off my project for Public Archaeology 2015.
Lucy Pringle, founding member of the defunct Centre for Crop Circles Studies is now, according to her website, ‘widely known and is an international authority on the subject and the pioneer researcher into the effects of electromagnetic fields on living systems.’ The longest running Special Interest Group of The British Society of Dowsers is dedicated to ‘Technological and Scientific Research into Geopathic and Electromagnetic Stress and their effects on biological systems, and methods of ameliorating and eliminating these stresses.’
Myth survives, through legend, by an accretive and continuous system of adaptation and mutation in response to shifting cultural tastes, and dowsers coming together with cereologists to form a New Science of ‘geopathology’ is a good example of this. So I thought I might make a useful contribution by following this variation on a theme, with its attachment to the myth of an English landscape alive with magic, and combining its ideas with standard scientific surveying and imaging techniques. Hence, mythoarchaeology. More on this to follow…
Commencing in January, the project will be divided into phases, the first involving geophysical surveys of targeted areas. In weeks 2 and 3, I’ll collate and convert this data to visual imagery which I will then superimpose onto maps and aerial photographs. Maps in hand, around the end of the month anyone is welcome to join me on a walk through this alchemical landscape. Mythogeographers, dowsers, sceptics, are particularly welcome.
Watch this space…
Or this one, a Facebook page published to disseminate news and invite discussion about the project: https://www.facebook.com/mythoarchaeology?ref=hl