Göbekli Tepe: Pilgrimage in Pre-Pottery Neolithic

If we accept that the idea of cult and collective worshiping started to bud associated with the experimentation of sedentary life-style and agriculture, Göbekli Tepe located in southeast province of Turkey (near the city Sanliurfa and 50 km south of a neolithic settlement site Nevali Cori) would be the ultimate example to support our argument.According… Continue reading Göbekli Tepe: Pilgrimage in Pre-Pottery Neolithic

Shamanic Journey: Spiritual Being’s Link to the Material World (Part 2)

The drum of the Shaman is the most important tool in their life. The Ethnoarchaeological studies on drums from several ethnic groups, in several regions at the Altai Mountains indicate that; the link of the Shaman with their drum plays a very significant role in their journey. There are also rattles, pipes, curing sticks to… Continue reading Shamanic Journey: Spiritual Being’s Link to the Material World (Part 2)

Shamanic Journey: Spiritual Being’s Link to the Material World (Part 1)

When looked at the Shamanic rituals of Prehistory, it is possible to see the link of the Shaman with their tools. This link is so deep, that the Shaman is buried with them. To understand the materiality of the Shaman, I believe, we need to look into the journey they experience and acknowledge the difficult… Continue reading Shamanic Journey: Spiritual Being’s Link to the Material World (Part 1)

Hilazon Tachtit Cave: Evidence of Change in Natufian Mortuary Practices

  The excavations in Israel Hilazon-Tachtit Cave revealed the burial of a very unique elderly female Shaman with exceptional grave offerings and a great change in mortuary practices (Grosman, et.al., 2008). The Natufian Culture is a community lived in Levant (15,000-11,600 cal BP) during the early Neolithic period. The evidence shows that, by the adoption… Continue reading Hilazon Tachtit Cave: Evidence of Change in Natufian Mortuary Practices

Lascaux: art through spirituality?

Lascaux Caves are the setting of a complex of caves in southwestern France famous for its Paleolithic Cave art. The caves are located near the village Montignac in Dordogne region. The Lascaux valley is located some distance from the major concentrations of decorated caves and inhabited sites, most of which were discovered further downstream. In… Continue reading Lascaux: art through spirituality?