(Forgot to alt-text the image, so here we go: Photo of the so-called shaft scene in Lascaux Cave showing a bison, a man lying in front of it, and a a bird-figure on a stick underneath. There's an additional line at the man's feet and another one crossing the bison's back.)
Dec 8, 2022 • 25 tweets • 25 min read
How ongoing research is increasing the available corpus (and our understanding) of Pre-Pottery #Neolithic#iconography.
Just a little #archaeology 🧵 on why this is really fascinating. 😉
Maybe fuelled by recent claims that #Neolithic hunters were too "simple" and thus not capable of cultural achievements, there seems to be a misunderstanding about the "#pottery" part in #PrePotteryNeolithic (PPN).
They actually *did* use vessels. Just other vessels.
(Long version here: jens2go.medium.com/a-digging-on-a…)
4.30 o'clock. Ante meridiem. It's still dark outside, the dim light barely enough to distinguish a black thread from a white one: The muezzin just called the faithful to prayer and, probably unintentionally, the archaeologists to finally get up as well.
These ab. 25-30k y/o so-called #Venus figurines have been discussed a lot as religious, health & fertility symbols, & mother goddesses.
But some of them offer s glimpse at another interesting, often overlooked details …
A number of these figures also show a couple of details which might be interpreted as headdress - and even #clothing from the Upper #Paleolithic#Gravettian (of which we have little evidence otherwise).
Mar 12, 2022 • 5 tweets • 5 min read
In einem neuen Video gehen #funk & @Kurz_Gesagt der Frage nach, ob es in der langen #Erdgeschichte schon einmal höher entwickelte #Kulturen vor uns gegeben haben könnte - und werfen auch einen Blick darauf, was wir womöglich einmal hinterlassen werden:
But did you know, there’s a real story behind the plot around the 'lost city' of #Akator and the #Ugha tribe - and that it is no less movie material?
Okay, 'real story’ may be a bit of a stretch in this case, admittedly.
It's more 'story' than real, to be honest - but still, let's take a closer look ...
1/ Among the many naturalistic animal depictions at early #Neolithic#GöbekliTepe in southeastern Turkey there are some bird depictions with suspiciously odd legs ... 2/ Generally, birds seem to take up a noteworthy role in the iconography at #GöbekliTepe (and other related #Neolithic sites).
The #cranes mentioned above in particular stand out due rather muscular legs and what seems a more human-like #anatomy, including 'knees' and 'toes'.
Jul 31, 2021 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
"Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it."
Remembering Antoine de #SaintExupéry - who #OnThisDay in 1944 disappeared during a reconnaissance mission in the Rhone Valley.
Only in September 1998, a fisherman, Jean-Claude Bianco, found a silver identity bracelet ('gourmette') with the name of Saint-Exupéry east of Riou Island, south of Marseille - far from his originally intended flight path.
Apr 9, 2021 • 24 tweets • 10 min read
Another day in the office? - Ever wondered what we’re doing on such an #excavation day out there in the field?
Here‘s a "Tale from a Tell", some little thread from the #archaeologist‘s field #journal and #sketchbook:
"4.30 o'clock. Ante meridiem. It's still dark outside, the dim light barely enough to distinguish a black thread from a white one: The muezzin just called the faithful to prayer and, probably unintentionally, the archaeologists to finally get up as well."
"Indigenous peoples have the right to full enjoyment (...) of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights law."
Before we start with the tour, let's just have a look at this sculpture right over here: It's so-called #UrfaMan (from Yeni Mahalle / Yeni Yol) - one of the oldest examples of a life-sized human statue, dating back to the Pre-Pottery #Neolithic as well.
But ... what about those '#handbags' these Neo-Assyrian eagle-headed temple-protectors are carrying around all the time? 🤔
Despite what popular TV shows want to make you believe, we actually do have an idea about these things - thanks to actual written historic sources ...
This handbag .... it's a bucket!
Those eagle-guys are actually carrying around a bucket (Akkadian: "#banddudû") and, in the other hand, a purifier ("#mullilu"), pine or cone, to carry out specific rituals - we actually also know from historic texts.
Mar 8, 2019 • 17 tweets • 11 min read
#GobekliTepe‘s monumental T-pillars are actually giant #anthropomorphic sculptures. Got to admit that in the beginning of my work there, more than 12 yrs ago, I found it quite ... challenging to recognize this likeness. Until we finally excavated the 'hands & loincloth' part ...
Of course #NevaliCori‘s pillars were already known for some time, complete with hands and stola-like garments. But their abstracted and stylised appearance (still impressively expressionistic to me, by the way) made it a bit of a challenge to easily accept their human shape.