Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Archaeology of Civilization (poem)

The dead continue to haunt by their
mummified memories
in humble tombs, in great monuments,
in minted coins,
now in the networks caught on the web
in virtual reality,
while leaving the Earth of the living
further desertification,
in false promises of Shangri-La;
the ego flights don’t stop;
the digging graves don’t stop.
The bloody shameless hypocrite societies
Continue to haunt
the aborigine – the sons of soil –
in the wilderness of their
forests or even the deserts.

There is news. The world’s oldest city, a fabled ‘mother city’, is found in the desert of Peru. It was found by Ruth Shady Solis, an archaeologist at National University of San Marcos, Lima. The ancient city of Caral in Supe Valley of Peru dates to 2,627 BC, which was much older than the Harappa towns and the pyramids of Egypt. It is interesting to note that Caral, Harappa and pyramids in Egypt are in the deserts, though I wonder what was the environment then!

Remigius de Souza
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