Thursday, September 29, 2005

Imagine Life and Love 27,000 Years Ago


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Sometimes it's pretty easy to empathize with the pain and joy of earlier generations. We have written records of suffering and happiness, going back several thousands years. Through the written word, we can stand beside Socrates in ancient Athens as he defended himself against trumped up charges of corrupting the youth. We can feel his pain as he drank the hemlock to comply with his death sentence. Technology makes it even easier to feel the pain of others. Through television, we can see for ourselves the sadness of Americans as they said goodbye to a fallen president in November of 1963.

It's a lot harder to turn back the hands of time 27,000 years and understand the feelings of people of that era. We have no written records of them. Nothing to tell us who they were. Of course, in a basic sense, we know who they were. Our ancestors!

The picture in this post might make it a tad easier to realize that pre-historic people had feelings too. Twenty-seven thousand years ago, when Neanderthals were giving way to modern homo sapiens, these twin newborns were lovingly buried on a beautiful hillside overlooking the Danube River in what is today Austria.

Their tiny bodies were covered with the shoulder blade of a wooly mammoth to protect them as they journeyed into eternity. Beads were placed in their graves. Someone loved them very much.

Who was their mother? What became of her? Did she have other children? We'll never know much more than that somebody cared. Maybe that's enough.

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8 Comments:

At 2:12 PM, Blogger kalisekj said...

Cool Blog, I never really thought about it that way.

I have a Hurricane Katrina blog. It pretty much covers hurricane related stuff.

Thank you - and keep up the thoughts!

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger kalisekj said...

Cool Blog, I never really thought about it that way.

I have a Hurricane Katrina blog. It pretty much covers hurricane related stuff.

Thank you - and keep up the thoughts!

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger Kristina W said...

I found this picture very moving because it does convey an enormous sense of grief and love. I think in our modern times we like to discount overt displays of emotion (unless it's something outrageous like the Jerry Springer Show). I think this discovery of twins buried side by side 27,000 years ago by a loving caretaker has a message for our generation that compassion and love are vital needs to humanity that often go unmet.

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger Shawna M said...

Wow, thats really interesting. I was told that their is no way to understand the feelings of ancestors in which we have no record from. But in an external sense, this really does say something.

 
At 6:24 PM, Blogger Anthrogrl said...

Very moving photograph. As an anthropolgoy major, I'm often forced to question my own ideas about humanity and what defines "modern humans."

In fact, recent studies of Neanderthal sites show that they intentionally buried their dead (with or without ritual is still being debated), and may have cared for the sick and injured.

So maybe "modern" humans aren't so modern after all.

 
At 11:13 PM, Blogger HalheG said...

Very interesting read.It is sad to see the picture of those twins, but I guess it is just part of life, even if it was thousands of years ago.

 
At 10:02 AM, Blogger Jbrew87 said...

Even the most primal have feelings.

 
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