Katy Soar has a PhD in Archaeology and is currently a visiting lecturer in Greek Archaeology at Royal Holloway. 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.

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.