Ritual formed a central part of the earliest British societies and Shaman practices were part of these ceremonies.  Guerrilla Archaeology offers participants the chance to explore the earliest evidence for native British Shamanic practices and to join in with us to once again bring these rites to life.  We use both knowledge and practice to weave the themes of Shamanic healing and community into the festival. By leading participants from deepest time to present day we encourage people to comprehend and draw upon their common past and explore their world via shamanic transformations.   We want to break down the barriers between our ancestors and ourselves, and by drawing on our rich native archaeological heritage, ask questions about our own place in the world today. Transformation and disguise, movement and music encourages people to break down their inhibitions and reach out beyond the individual into the wider world.

Keen to know more about shamanism in the archaeological record go to

What is a shaman?

Paleolithic Shamanism?

Mesolithic Shamanism?

Neolithic Shamanism?

Bronze Age shamanism?

Shamanic Street Preachers@Festivals 2012

In 2012 we encouraged people to…

‘Come and follow in the footsteps of ancestors and explore your wild side! The Shamanic Street Preachers draw on thousands of years experience to give you the chance to get a new perspective on the world. Shamans mediate between animals and humans, ourselves and the spirit world, the living the dead. They heal through ceremony, ritual, music and dance and where better to explore these ideas than at a festival?

Guerilla Archaeology is bringing a range of shamanic activities to a festival near you this summer!  Come and encounter shamans, past, present and future through archaeology, art, sound and movement. Explore shamans around the world – who are they, what do they do and how do they think?   Learn from them about your place in the world and other ways to interact with animals, the environment and each other.

We offer you the chance to immerse yourself in Shamanic ideas, music, movement and transformation by the use of drums, disguise and ceremony. Come and create your own shamanic headdress, music, toolkit or totemic art. We want to breakdown the barriers between the human and animal realms, asking participants to consider the world from other points of view’.

2 thoughts on “Shamanism

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  2. Would you be able to recommend a general tome on prehistoric belief and shamanism, if such a catholic text exists please ? Perhaps encompassing from, say, cave art to Steppe burials and Upton Lovell, supplemented by ethnographic research ? Thank you.

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