Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Entwined With Birds

Nearly 8000 years ago, we were imagining we were birds.

The site currently being excavated at Koutroulou Magoula must represent one of the earliest "farming" communities. Yet there is no evidence of hierarchical structure in the settlement. We were operating as true humans,still.

And we were dreaming of turning into birds.

We built houses of stone and mudbrick, and rebuilt houses on the same spot for thousands of years.

And thought we were entwined with birds.

We have forgotten how to build our dwellings in harmony with the land. Forgotten how to live in community without hierarchy.

But we haven't quite forgotten that we've always longed to be birds.


  1. Very well put; I enjoy your posts. Marija Gimbutus and her ideas live on!

  2. Thank you! Marija Gimbutas has long been someone I mean to read - I just never got around to it. Must bump her up my list!

    Terri in Joburg

  3. Until quite recently many buildings in Greek villages seemed to fit into their surroundings rather well. Not so the modern city of Athens, of course.

  4. I'm following those excavations with interest, great Post Terri.