Bone Room Meditations XV: Open to Interpretation

December 28, 2010 § 1 Comment

On Friday 17th December I presented work from Osteography to the Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference in Bristol.

Part of the presentation consisted of  a picture quiz during which the audience was asked for their interpretations of sketches from the pages of this blog.

Some of these interpretations are quite poetic.

The first question was: Why would you bind the Head of a dog?

A clue was provided by the following image (Sketchbook Page 2 from this blog):

Canis familiaris (from Peruvian notebooks)

Answers included:

To stop it barking at the dead?

To modify behaviour (or a bad drawing scale wire)

To make it aerodynamic (for racing)

The second question was: Why would someone inscribe an erotic carving onto a hare’s tooth?

A clue was provided by the following image (Sketchbook Page 16 from this blog):

Engraving on hare tooth

Answers included:

To make a necklace for a lover

Portable object, easily traded

Because it is difficult to do; using resources to display craftsmanship

The third and final question was: Why would you need two brains?

A clue was provided by the following image (Sketchbook Page 17 from this blog):

Bicranial Man (from Renaissance Sketchbook)

Answers included:

For both sides of the argument

Two minds are better than one

Many thanks to the audience at TAG for interpreting these drawings. Any further interpretations of these drawings (however creative) will be gratefully received.

Happy New Year!

 

 

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§ One Response to Bone Room Meditations XV: Open to Interpretation

  • Julie Hamilton says:

    The hare has strong mythical associations with fertility & sexuality, perhaps because its mating ritual is so obvious in Spring and it can produce large numbers of young, so a hare’s tooth seems quite appropriate for an erotic carving…it’s also associated with the moon and hence death/rebirth and maybe the crescent shape of the tooth alludes to this

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