Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Dig: Cracy by the Demos.

I proclaimed Wednesday "anti-procrastination day".  I promised myself I would drop the girls off and leave as quickly as possible in order to tackle the ever growing items on my TN to-do-list!  I snuck up to the site to take some pictures and went back inside just to peak in on what the kids were doing before heading out in the drizzle and fog and mist. I walked in on a lively conversation.  

Geoff was talking about the relevance of ancient Greece.  One concept the Greeks introduced is democracy: Demos “people” and cracy “rule” or cracy by the demos!  I was hooked.  I am a firm believer in our constitutional democracy and am both disheartened and at times frightened by how far our country has strayed.  I was curious where this discussion would lead.  I grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and began taking notes.  
The group discussed how democracy is a group decision making system that involved many people.  There are also other systems such as a monarchy or a dictatorship. 
There are many ways to make decisions, so which one makes the most sense?  
When a state of freedom has been achieved.  
There is also logic that must be applied to ancient Greece.  The people who occupied Greece and the surrounding areas has access to fertile ground, water, oar, seaports, forests, etc.  They had a plethora of natural resources.  
When there is abundance, people multiply. They outgrow their resources and people are displaced. Land becomes scarce.  Greeks spread into neighboring lands of Egypt, Palistine, Italy, Bulgaria.  To date, the only known route is over land.  This may be disproved if artifacts are found that show otherwise.
When natural resources become scare and populations increase, the freedom is precariously held.  Decisions may be made that may upset some.  The Greeks began to fight for their wants and needs.  They created another sense making system, conflict, under the premise that “I am strong enough to take it.  You are not strong enough to keep it.”
Day two was spend excavating layer 2 of the site.  This is what it looked like at the beginning of the day.  

These are the artifacts that were removed on day 1.  

Day 2 was very exciting.  Something was discovered that had Lilah talking all night.  Past the layer of pottery and household items, under the layer of ancient rocks, they began to learn a bit more about the people who lived in Soklos, specifically a young child.  
The skeleton of a child was found on this site.  Near him was a spear.  Did the spear inflict a mortal wound?  Did it belong to the child?   I plan on camping out at the site today watching and listening as this amazing process of discovery unfolds...  

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