Alternative meanings, contested uses.

Arbor Low is one of many archaeological sites that have a spiritual significance for people today. Alongside the interested amateur archaeologist on a day out, curious passers-by and the occasional professional researcher, you can often see individuals or groups dowsing, divining, celebrating solstice and more. These images show just some of the activities people engage in when they visit.

Further reading:


Drury, N (Ed.) (2012). Pathways in Modern Western Magic.  Concrescent Press.

Harvey, G (Ed.) (2012). The Animism Handbook. Leiden and Boston: Brill. Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion series.

Holtorf, Cornelius and Gazin-Schwartz, A. (Eds). (1999). Archaeology and Folklore. London: Routledge.

Insoll, T (Ed.) (2011). Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion, Oxford: OUP

Kean, H., Martin, P. and Morgan. S.J. (Eds.) (2001). Seeing History: Public History in Britain Now. London: Francis Boutle.

McLellan, G (ed.) (2011). The Wanton Green. Oxford: Mandrake of Oxford.

Pizza, M. and Lewis, J.R. (Eds.) (2009). Handbook of Contemporary Paganism. Leiden and Boston: Brill.

Petrov, N. (Ed.) (2007). The Security of Archaeological Heritage. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Price, N (Ed.). (2001).The Archaeology of Shamanism. London: Routledge.

Robinson, M. and Picard, D. (Eds.) (2009) The Framed World: Tourism, Tourists and Photography. Farnham: Ashgate.

Russell, I. (Ed.) (2006). Images of the Past: Archaeology, Identity and the Construction of Heritage and Tourism Industries. New York: Springer.

Schachter, J. and Brockman, S. (Eds) (2008). (Im)permanence: Cultures In/Out of Time, Pittsburgh: Penn State University Press.

Strmiska,  M. (Ed.) (2006). Modern Paganism in World Cultures. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

Wallis, R. J. (2003). Shamans/neo-Shamans: Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans. London: Routledge.

Worthington, A. (2004). Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion. Loughborough: Alternative Albion.


Wallis, R.J. and J. Blain, (2011) From Respect to Reburial: Negotiating pagan interest in prehistoric human remains in Britain, through the Avebury Consultation. Public Archaeology: 10(1) 23-45.

Blain, J. and R.J. Wallis (2006) Ritual reflections, practitioner meanings: disputing the terminology of neo-shamanic performance. Journal of Ritual Studies 20(1):21-26.

Blain, J. and R.J. Wallis (2004) Sacred Sites, Contested Rites/Rights: Contemporary Pagan Engagements with the Past. Journal of Material Culture 9.3: 237-261

Wallis, Robert J. (2000). “Queer Shamans: Autoarchaeology and Neo-Shamanism.” World Archaeology 32, 2: 251–61.

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