Monday, October 23, 2006

Under the Hills Near the Morava River

She lay there midst

Mammoth, reindeer, and wolf bones:

Diadem of fox teeth round her brow

Ocher under her hips

26,640 plus or minus 110 years before "now."

Burnt reindeer-pelvis bone bits
in her mouth,

Bones of two men lying by her,
one each side.


Gary Snyder

2 comments:

Littlestone said...

Thanks to Thelma Wilcox for drawing my attention to this poem and the following link to more information on the burial -

http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~evc/Bahn_Dolni%20Vestonici.pdf#search='bohuslav%20klima%20moravia%20hills'

Also to Dr Paul Huckfield for info on the book, 'In Search of the Neanderthals' by Chris Stringer and Clive Gamble. ISBN 0-500-27807-5.

beth said...

thanks for the poem and links. i'm an american in the ma archaeology program at reading... i also have an mfa in poetry from naropa univsersity (guinsberg and chogyam trungpa founders) so this was extremely interesting to me.

miss beth.