Archaeology of nostalgia.

Ağlayan Kaya.

DIES VENERIS PRID. NON. MART. MMDCCLII A.U.C. | VIII
Photographer: Murat Karaot
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According to art historian Sir John Boardman, ‘the most impressive sights in the experience of early man (& early woman) were natural: the landscapes, the climate, the other animals.’ ¹

He posits that the wild terrain, bones of prehistoric animals (including dinosaurs!) & natural elements inspired the famous origin myths.

At the mercy of such elements, it seems only natural that they would attribute the divine in their surroundings.

Pictured above is Mt. Sipylos in ancient Lydia,² or Niobe weeping for her children.

Think this disposition is strictly ancient? Think again.

The tendency to discern faces in random patterns is referred to as pareidolia.

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¹ John Boardman, The Archaeology of Nostalgia: How the Greeks Re-Created Their Mythical Past (London: Thames & Hudson, 2002), p. 17.

² Modern day Turkey, province of Manisa.

Image used with kind permission & manipulated in GIMP.
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2012-Feb-05


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