I usually post in this forum about archaeological discoveries or an ancient lost civilisation. Today however I'm inspired (by the stroll on the beach
that I've just returned from) to talk about the Ancients, and to put ourselves in their shoes for a change.
I'm a stargazer, I find few things more fascinating than the night sky, looking for constellations or shooting stars, and I know
lights in the sky are. I'm aware of our Sun and what it is, why the Moon is there, we all learn these things growing up.
Imagine a man, living 7 thousand years ago, growing up in Africa somewhere, waking up to this every day:
Imagine the relief he felt at seeing the warm sun again, rejoicing in the fact that the daylight had returned. We take this as a given, that the Sun
will rise in the East daily, but our man had no idea that this was guaranteed. I think as he dozed off the night before, a small part of him would
fear that the Sun would fail to appear the next day and he'd be forced to live a cold dark existence.
Even in daylight, imagine what our friend would make of an eclipse, the dread and fear that he and his family, village and so on would feel at the
sight of this:
With no scientific explanation, well none that could possibly be anywhere close to the actual truth, occurrences that even today amaze us would be
infinitely more so for our neolithic friend!
How would he explain meteors and shooting stars?
Gods falling from the sky?
And of course the constellations?
What the Ancients must have thought when confronted with these phenomena is truly intriguing to me.
For millennia we have been staring up at these sights, neck craned and eyes keenly observing, and I feel that there is almost something innate within
us compelling us to continue doing so.
Maybe it's just me, but when I look up into a cloudless star filled sky like tonight, I can't help but contemplate the countless others that have
done the exact same thing over tens of thousands of years.
I encourage you to do the same ATS, and spare of a though for our mate from the Neolithic, I think I'll call him Tom.