Founding co-editor of Time & Mind - Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture (www.bergpublishers.com/timeandmind) ;
Research affiliate at the Royal College of Art; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts;
Senior Research Fellow, International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) group,
Princeton; an Honorary Member of the Scientific and Medical Network.
Paul started out as a painter, having a degree in Fine Art. He participated in numerous group exhibitions in Britain such as John Moores, Liverpool, and the Royal Academy Schools, plus travelling shows under the auspices of the Arts Council. He also exhibited in Germany. His painting became increasingly inspired by the geometry and numinosity of ancient monuments and this began to lead him deeper into an interest in archaeology. This resulted in him turning more toward writing and research with the consequence that he slowly shifted from painting and gradually relinquished his formal teaching of painting, drawing and photography.
Paul’s research interests in archaeology focus especially on “cognitive” aspects, trying to “get inside” the prehistoric mind, and this has broadened into the study of anthropological themes, especially what is known as “the anthropology of consciousness”. This in turn led him to become involved more generally in what is loosely termed “consciousness studies”. He has frequently combined these themes – such as writing a prehistory of the use of mind-altering substances, and examining anomalous phenomena of various kinds, especially supposed psi phenomena. This mix of archaeological, anthropological and consciousness studies interests has led him to co-founding and co-editing a new peer-reviewed, academic publication, Time & Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture (Berg Publishers: www.bergpublishers.com). For 20 years (1976-1996) he edited and published the legendary The Ley Hunter journal, eventually deconstructing the modern myth of “leylines”, for which he has not been forgiven in some quarters! But his authentic and documented research into spirit and death roads across archaic landscapes developed directly from his early ley interests (see SPIRIT ROADS in the On-line & Mail-order Book Sales pages).
He has given a great many presentations on various aspects of his multidisciplinary range of subject matter to specialist, academic and general audiences in Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Germany, Norway, Holland, Switzerland, Italy and France. Venues have ranged from Glastonbury New Age “fairs” to some of the most prestigious universities and institutions in England and America. His portfolio of written work includes 26 published English-language books (plus numerous foreign-language editions), many articles for popular and specialist magazines (including being archaeology columnist for Fortean Times magazine), plus a range of peer-reviewed academic papers. He has, additionally, conceived, co-produced, or appeared in television documentaries in the UK and the USA. He is currently a research affiliate with the Royal College of Art working on an audio-visual study of Mynydd Preseli, the source area in Wales of the Stonehenge bluestones (see the Landscape & Perception pages on this website).
Just a Few Book Titles:
THE LONG TRIP, 2008, Daily Grail Publishing, Australia. (A revised and re-edited edition of the 1997 Penguin Arkana Original, New York, 1998.) [Prehistoric magico-religious usage of hallucinogens.]
SPIRIT ROADS, 2007, Collins & Brown, UK. (New edition of FAIRY PATHS & SPIRIT ROADS, 2003, Vega/Chrysalis Books UK; Sterling-Barnes & Noble, USA.) [Conceptual folk geography in the Old and New Worlds.)
MYSTERIOUS ANCIENT AMERICA, 2002, Vega/Chrysalis Books,UK; Sterling, USA. (The genetics, ethnology, archaeology, and ritual life of the pre-Columbian Americas.)
STONE-AGE SOUNDTRACKS, 2001, (TV tie-in title), Vega/Chrysalis Books, U.K. (Archaeoacoustics)
ARCHAEOLOGY- THE STUDY OF OUR PAST, 2001, Ticktock Publishing, U.K. [For children 11-14 years]
THE SACRED PLACE, 2000, Cassell, London; Sterling, USA; AT Verlag, “Die heilige Ort”, 2006, Germany. (Development of prehistoric monuments from natural venerated places)
RE-VISIONING THE EARTH, 1996; Simon & Schuster/ Fireside Original, New York, 1996. (Ecopsychology.)
THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF THE STARS AND PLANETS [with Geoffrey Cornelius], 1996; Pavilion UK, Chronicle USA. (From astrology to archaeoastronomy.)
Some Peer-reviewed Academic Papers
‘The Placement of Rock Art in Acoustically Significant Places in the Landscape’, in Landscape Semiotics, G. Nash (ed.), BAR/Bristol University, 2008.
‘A Preliminary Study on English and Welsh “Sacred Sites” and Home Dream Reports’ (with S.Krippner, R. Tartz, and A.Fish), in Anthropology of Consciousness 18:2 (2007).
‘Ears and Years: Acoustics and Intentionality in Antiquity’, in Archaeoacoustics, C.Scarre and G. Lawson (eds.), McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research Monograph, Cambridge University, April, 2006.
'Did ancient shamanism leave a monumental record on the land as well as in rock art?’ in British Archaeological Reports (BAR) International Series S936, Oxford, 2001.
'The Archaeology of Consciousness', invited essay, Journal of Scientific Exploration, (1998). ‘Preliminary investigations and cognitive considerations of the acoustical resonances of selected archaeological sites', (with R.G. Jahn), Antiquity, vol.70, no.269 (1996).
'Acoustical resonances of assorted ancient structures' (with R.G. Jahn and M. Ibison), Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 99, no.2 (1996).
‘Acculturated Topographical Effects of Shamanic Trance Consciousness in Archaic and Medieval Sacred Landscapes’, Journal of Scientific Exploration, vol. 7, no.1 (1993).
'Three-dimensional aspects of apparent relationships between selected natural and artificial features within the topography of the Avebury complex', Antiquity, vol.65, no.249 (1991).
Paul has had a large number of articles – too many to list here -- published internationally over the years in both specialist and mass-circulation publications. Articles have appeared in Focus, New Scientist, Fortean Times (where he is also the regular archaeology columnist), Prediction, Hagia Chora (Germany), X-Factor, The Unknown, ReVision (USA), Elixir (USA), Resurgence, and publications by Readers’ Digest and Time-Life, among many others.
Paul strides forth across the
windswept Preseli Hills in Wales.
Photo: Jon Wozencroft