The Apple science site is celebrating a 3D archaeological “find” detailing — The Amulets of Seramon, including the Dung Beetle seen blow — where the trinkets of an ancient priest of Thebes are now revealed for the first time in 3,000 years.
Seeing amulets inside a royal scribe and middle-class “Egyptian of importance” is a keen and fun thing, but is it good science and does this sort of promotion create good cultural morality?
Does the virtual 3D dissection of Seramon play to our better intentions — or does this artificial archaeological process instead indicate a debased, patriarchal, need to celebrate wealth and power over the ordinary?
I ask you: “If Seramon were s slave and not a priest, would he be given the same investigation and celebration 3,000 years after his death?“
The perversion of the historical accuracy of
how our ancestors lived, and how we currently live, is created by
preserving only expensive possessions — tokens, icons, valuables – and
in the purposeful construction of indestructible architectural
monuments used by the privileged few.
History is skewed by this preservation technique because it only
pretends to tell future generations how people actually lived.
When we visit museums we are only seeing what the powerful majority of
the culture of that time deemed important enough to save and pass down.
Why are we so excited and interested in the lives of the previously rich, famous, and well-connected?
Are our own lives modest and depraved in comparison with the past?
Does our infatuation with historical glitter plague our present by imperializing our human ancestry?
Or do we only acknowledge what our ancestors wanted us to remember by their determined — and transparent — preservation of the powerful and their indicating of what they believe we should know is important and charitable?