Posts From June, 2014

Light years away by Edurne Rubio – a review

I have been fortunate to attend a representation of “Light years away” by Ms. Edurne Rubio in Groningen, Netherlands. The artist is the daughter of one of the explorers of the cave system of Ojo Guareña, near Burgos, Spain and has a long and intimate connection with the caves. The performance mixes monologue, surround sound, video and theatrical performance. In its basic structure, it is the representation of a guided tour of the caves, one that is imaginary and not constricted by time or space. For those not knowing the caves, it is an extraordinary long (about 110 km known) cave system, with several subterranean lakes, at least 6 levels, and multiple openings. The upper cave system was frequented by humans from the Upper Paleolithic to the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age, in different moments, before being rediscovered only in the past century. There are significant traces of human presence, including complex panels of rock art, residues of torches, burials, and even ancient... Read the rest of this entry »

An Archaeological Perspective of Today’s World

I am currently interested in applying archaeological methods to contemporary issues. The purpose is twofold: to demonstrate the relevance of archaeological studies to non-archaeologists and to test the methods in cases where we can eventually obtain all necessary information. Archaeological methods fare particularly well with complex situations where incomplete (and random) data only survive. In 2005, I looked carefully at the socio-economic situation in the Late Bronze Age (LBA) Mediterranean, a period of expansion immediately preceding a collapse. I was not interested then to look at the issues related to the final collapse, and indeed I could not even see it from the perspective taken. During the LBA there was a visible increase in the traffic of foreign materials. People moved more intensively, also thanks to improved nautical technology. With the advent of the Iron Age, the direct evidence for materials that moved around frankly decreases sharply, but there is much indirect... Read the rest of this entry »