Dva arheološka kurioziteta

„This small silver bull, clothed in a robe decorated with a stepped pattern and holding a spouted vessel, shows a curious blend of human and animal traits.

The large neck meets distinctly human shoulders, which taper into arms that end in hooves. Representations of animals in human postures were common in Proto-Elamite art, possibly as symbols of natural forces but just as likely as protagonists in myths or fables.

The function of this small masterpiece remains uncertain. Traces of cloth that were found affixed to the figure suggest that it was intentionally buried, perhaps as part of a ritual or ceremony.“ [via]

„A marble sculpture head of Artemis from the fourth century BC has been uncovered in the ancient city of Alabanda as the archeological excavations there come to a close.

‘We have also found a very valuable sculpture head in the same area. The quality of the sculpture is very good, and it is in very good condition. This is a goddess sculpture.’ He added that experts believed it was of the goddess Artemis, the sister of Apollo.“

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Ne sećam se kada sam, ni gde, pronašla ova dva kratka teksta uz slike koje ih prate pa su informacije o njihovom poreklu – dakle, njihova internet arheologija – nepotpune. Obe arheološke iskopine sada su deo muzejskih kolekcija i otkrivene su nedavno. Dakle, još uvek ima materijala pod zemljom i razloga da arheolozi ne budu zabrinuti za svoju profesiju.

Arheologija – istorija ljudskih tragova i delimičnih senki. Delimično se odnosi na materijalnu osobenost pronađenog predmeta, a senka na nepouzdani odraz kulture kojoj su predmeti pripadali, a o kojoj mi, kada predmete pronađemo, gradimo, opet, nepouzdani narativ – istoriju.

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