Posted by Manuel Oliveros on December 07, 2002 at 09:20:30:
In Reply to: Ancient Civilizations---architecture and culture posted by KorBuZier on December 06, 2002 at 06:27:46:
Decoration showed in caves inhabited by primitive men, likely we may think there was some as well in their wood dwelings, and of course appears as well in the houses of the older cities excavated.
Epigraphy and decoration of ceramics are very old, some are thought to be 12000 years old. By that time even shells maybe were already being used as some means of change (money). This field one preferably follows by precise readings of scholars, and even between them there is outstanding disagreement in many things. The first city for men (for for the gods others were preexistent) in Sumeria is said in clay tablets to have been Kish. The ancient cities, as the more older records in such tablets show, fully enjoyed of the existence of an ample culture, this providing for a complete set of beliefs and ways of social organization, includin hyerarchy, art, architecture, decoration, legends and tales, diplomacy, water public works, etc.
So the matter stays in where you decide to put a gauge to the paulatine awakening of homo sapiens to its beingness as a cultural man. Eversince he was a cultural man, he was a maker and user of a symbology devised to ensure the transmission of its culture. With this was the transmission of devices useful to coommunal life, be them personal or building decoration showing the standing social order or just practical devices to be used in ordinary life.
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