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Katy Soar has a PhD in Archaeology and is a Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Winchester. Aside from folklore, her interests are the history of archaeology, Minoan Crete, and archaeological excavation and discourse in the popular imagination (in particular in the works of 19th century writers such as Arthur Machen). You can find some of her research here, or follow her on Twitter @KJSoar.

From midwinter feasting at Neolithic British sites like Durrington Walls, to the Haloa of Ancient Greece and the Norse Yule

The labyrinth has a long history. Depictions in rock art may date back as far as 10,500-4800 BCE. But the

Hekate: goddess of witchcraft, ghosts and the restless dead, frequently represented as a triple deity, associated with dogs, crossroads and

The matiasma is an apotropaic amulet designed to ward off the evil eye in Greek folklore.