TUESDAY 28th JULY

Grounding in Her Presence

ANE MIREN: The Cycles of the Great Mother

9.00 – 12.00 AM

YVETTE STAELENS: THE BIRDLIP WOMAN – UNDERSTANDING AND RE-INTERPRETING THE BURIAL OF A IRON AGE ‘PRIESTESS-SHAMAN’ IN THE COTSWOLD HILLS 2000 YEARS AGO.

In 1879, a workman discovered an ancient grave high on the Cotswold escarpment overlooking the vale of Gloucestershire. The so-called ‘Birdlip Grave Group’ included a female interred with grave goods that included a magnificent bronze mirror. The finds have been exhibited and examined over many years, including by myself for my honours degree dissertation in archaeology. I later published my research in the Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society in 1983 (volume 100, 19-31). At the time, concepts and ideas that embraced intangible heritage, shamanism and ethnography were not prevalent. In this short presentation, using these tools, I will attempt a re-interpretation of the archaeological remains. Through this process, I hope to gain some fresh insights that may bring us closer to understanding who this female was and what her role in society may have been. There will be magic.

MARION BRIGANTIA: Her Body – our Sacred Land

12.20 PM

KATIE HOFFNER

KATIE HOFFNER

Sally Song Practice, Followed by Banner Girls Stories and Earth Circle Preparation Ceremonies