From this weeks reading what stood out the most to me was the Dolmen. “Dolmens are chambers or enclosures consisting of two or more vertical stones supporting a large single stone, much as legs support a table. The earliest dolmens were tombs.” After learning about these tombs it was interesting comparing those tombs to the way people are buried now. Dolmens date back to the Neolithic period (8,000-3,000 BC) The Neolithic people built made this tombs made out of large stone and just by looking at the Dolmens it looks like it was difficult to build and to me that shows how much they honor the dead. In todays time we don’t go through that physical work. We have a tombstone made for whoever passed and then we bury them underground so I would say the work compared to back to the Neolithic period is way easier. I do believe that we honor the dead the same as the people from the Neolithic period honored the dead from their time.
Growing up I have been told from family members and close people around me when we die we either go to heaven or hell. My family is Catholic so they do believe in a afterlife. I also know people who believe nothing happens when we die, that when we die that’s it, so they don’t believe in a heaven or hell. It’s fascinating to me listening to others and see how we all think differently. It definitely makes me think more about this weeks reading because I can compare how people in the past viewed life and death compared how we view life now a days.
I chose to do more reason on the Jericho Skulls because in the past I’ve heard people talking about the Jericho skulls but I never really knew what they were. So doing research on this I was finally able to learn what the Jericho Skulls were. During the Neolithic era skulls were filled with plaster, shells were used in the eyes and paint was used to create facial features. There are a few reasons why some believe the skulls were covered with plaster. “Initially each plastered skull would have been a known individual, but as time passed they likely became ancestor figures who may have been worshipped”(Glover, 2016) What I found really interesting was that they were able to reconstruct the face of someone who has been dead for thousands of years. “The face of a man that lived and died over 9,500 years ago can now be seen for the first time since his plaster likeness was created in ancient Jericho”(British Museum, 2017)
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Glover, M. (2016, December 14). The Jericho Skull: Just as they were about to leave the site, someone spotted a skull jutting out at an angle. Retrieved June 12, 2018, from https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/the-jericho-skull-british-museum-facial-reconstruction-ct-scan-a7474516.html