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The Lairs of Cthulhu

Archaeology, Myth and Mystery in the work of H.P. Lovecraft

For many, the name H.P. Lovecraft conjures images of strange pre-human ruins. In fact, Lovecraft was keenly interested in archaeology and ancient history, and used archaeological theory to create specific dramatic effects in his work. This talk explores Lovecraft's relationship to archaeology, its use in his fiction, the adoption of this imagery by the Lovecraftian fan community, and the ways in which Lovecraft's work anticipates modern debates in the field. This is a talk for all who have been moved by the landscapes he conjured, the deeps he evoked: the lairs of Cthulhu. This is a repeat of the sold-out lecture given October 2009, due to popular demand.

James Holloway has a Ph.D. in archaeology from Cambridge, focusing on funerary archaeology in the Anglo-Saxon period. He has a lifelong interest in Lovecraft, and originally began to look into this subject as part of a 2007 conference session on 'the archaeology of imaginary civilisations'.


Dr James Holloway | talks


Date and Time:

8 February 2010 at 7:15 pm


2 hours 30 minutes



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