Dr Nela Scholma-Mason

Nela Scholma-Mason studied archaeology at the Universities of Münster, Oxford (Keble College), and York. At York, her doctoral thesis explored the representation of ancient sites in Orkney folklore, and what this might tell us about past responses to an even earlier past.

Nela is particularly interested in people’s responses to ancient places and how stories become an intrinsic and enduring part of the landscape. Her research combines approaches from folkloristics, archaeology, life-writing and history to shed light onto the past from various angles. She uses illustration, animation and film as a visual component of storytelling.

In addition to this, she always enjoys listening to ghost stories (and sometimes tells one, too!).