AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MOMENT – MORTALITY

FACE TO FACE WITH OUR MORTALITY – MAN’S BEST FRIEND

In my career as an archaeological excavator over the last 30 years, I have not only been confronted with with our own mortality as humans, but that of all life. This little dog was buried in the bottom of a refuse pit on the outskirts of a settlement that was dated to pre-Roman times in Nierstein, Germany. That means perhaps more than some 2500 years ago. This was someone’s faithful companion from times long past, and that someone cared enough about their dog to lay him to rest in the pit. The dog wasn’t just tossed in and forgotten. When one excavates situations like this one is always confronted with mortality of all life. For better or worse, people haven’t changed all that much through the thousands of years, but the beautiful addition to the cold scientific documentation and evaluation of a find like this is that it has preserved one small long forgotten moment in which someone lived, loved and cared.

AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MOMENT – MORTALITY

Photo taken during the documentation of the excavation in the late 1980′s.

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