INTRODUCTION TO MESOLITHIC BRITAIN

I have been asked, why spend an entire lifetime studying Mesolithic Britain. It is prehistory about which virtually nothing is known. The archeological evidence is scant and what has been discovered is often shrouded in mystery. The word prehistory has a way of implying unknowable; something lost forever in the remoteness of antiquity, until you view 6000 years ago on the geological timeline. Then you realize it was just yesterday. Within the “why” of such endless research was something very simple, deeply palpable, a persistent and sometimes sad longing to know my own tribe, the hunter-gatherers of Mesolithic Britain. It didn’t take me long to understand that they weren’t Celts. I finally found that there existed a tribal people indigenous to the British Isles and I devoted more than thirty years of my life seeking them out. And I have to concede that I have a passion for them.

Hundreds of books came and went from my life. I was repeatedly shown nothing more than vague accounts of my people’s destruction by aggressors and invaders. So I turned to the sciences and poured through anthropology, archeology, geology, ethnobotany and many other fields. My search extended into animal magic and quantum physics; I studied mythology as though it was the very pump that filled my lungs with air. And sure enough a picture emerged; not a mere glimpse but a full-blown, vibratory understanding that resonated in my blood. It is my hope that I can bring this exhaustive research, little by little, to this website and continue to write stories and essays about these amazing people. They have a profound and vital message, representing as they do the time in history when we as a species might have had it right, living lives that were profoundly spiritual, mystical, magical, and filled with devotion to our planet, true of Mesolithic Britain and the entire Mesolithic era worldwide.

I couldn’t find any evidence that suggested that these people worshipped a pantheon of gods and goddesses as recognized in later Goddess religion. I was continually left with the distinct impression that their worship was of the primordial Goddess, an Earth religion wholly overflowing with shamanism and utterly pagan. It was the heart and soul of both ancient mysteries and Earth mysteries as well. I based my absolute belief on the ethnobotany of Mesolithic Britain that I painstakingly re-constructed over many years. And it required many more to get into their minds before I grasped the scope of mysticism in their everyday lives.

The magic of Mesolithic Britain had to have been born out of comprehensive knowledge and devotion to the natural world, the Earth Mother. Hunting tools were created from powerful plants; each believed a spirit with specific attributes. But the concept of tools was far more sophisticated than the physical objects themselves. There were washes and smoke medicine that purified and empowered the hunter and his weapons. Other plants afforded him protection from malevolent spirits and injury. Some plants made him attractive to his quarry; others protected him against the elements. This was true of tanning in Mesolithic Britain too. The plants that were used to process, preserve, and tint hides all had magical properties and imbued those hides with their power.

Every feature of life was mystical including weaving and basket making in Mesolithic Britain because the species of plants selected had magical powers. Some saturated the articles with specific attributes other separated the spirit of the maker from the finished product. This was true of musical instruments, such as drums and flutes, pigments for fiber arts, even tattooing. Many things were created for ritual intent and therefore selected with deliberation and not just randomly harvested from the local environment. Spirit, it was all spirit, not a single one of which was unfamiliar or unknown.

The essays on this website address in far greater detail these wonderful areas of real possibility. Included is an appendix of species, indigenous to the British Isles, that lists the plants selected or entreated in each category. And there are more essays to come that will explore the smoke medicine associated with not only ritual fires but doctoring with smoke as well. Mysticism can be found in planting and gathering, feast foods and sacred first foods and I will address them too. I found that every area held the potential to be steeped in magic and it was easy for me to speculate that the Mesolithic people of the British Isles lived deeply spiritual and profoundly magical lives. Like everyone else on this planet I have ascended from a tribe, some ancient group that didn’t plunder or exploit and called the Earth, Mother. I found my tribe in Mesolithic Britain.




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