Two Stories of Enduring and Steadfast Bones

Today’s Quote morphed into a blog post- but that’s okay. Sometimes you just have to go where the Muse sends you:

    Before this fire of sense decay,
This smoke of thought blow clean away,
And leave with ancient night alone

   The steadfast and enduring bone.

A Shropshire Lad – XLIII – The Immortal Part

by A. E. Housman

Skeletons of Grover Krantz and His Dog, Clyde, at the Smithsonian Institution. Mr, Krantz donated his body to science and his skeleton and that of his beloved dog are displayed in the National Museum of Natural History.

I am very excited about these two episodes from Netflix’s new  docuseries that will kick off in July.

Each of these episodes deal with burial customs from two very intriguing groups of people- one being the Ancient Egyptians of whom most of us are familiar and the other is the Homo Naledi of who none of us were familiar with until 2013.

Homo Naledi is an extinct species of archaic humans discovered in 2013 in the Rising Star Cave, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. They are dated to the Middle Pleistocene 335,000–236,000 years ago and they not only buried their dead, they marked their graves too.

Art and burial customs are believed to belong to humans ( we have those big brains you know ), but this discovery speaks to the theory that death and burials may not be a tradition unique to humans.

Here are some clips from the upcoming series, see if you find them as fantastic as I do!


UNKNOWN: ” Cave of Bones,” journeys to South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind, where Paleoanthropologist Lee Berger has found the world’s oldest graveyard. If Lee and his team can prove that this ancient, small brained, ape-like creature practiced complex burial rituals, it will change everything we know about hominid evolution and the origins of belief. -Netflix

A rendering of Homo naledi, an early hominin discovered in 2013 that likely lived between 335,000 to 236,000 years ago.
Mark Thiessan/National Geographic

I couldn’t find a trailer for this series so I pulled a couple of clips together for you to look at:

Discovered on July 28th, 2022. This picture shows an image of Panel B in the Hill Antechamber exhibiting numerous engravings and etchings on the ancient dolomitic wall. The panel shows repeated etchings likely done over a considerable period. The etchings include geometric figures such as squares, ladders, triangles, crosses, and X’s. Image from Berger et al. (2023b).


Ghost Country

WP Prompters asked a good question today. They want to know: What countries do you want to visit?

Cape Crozier and Mount Terror
Charles Hamilton Smith, 1776–1859, Belgian undated

The Country I want to visit isn’t a Country in itself. Rather it is governed by 30 different Countries and that place is Antarctica.
To explain why I want to visit there- and there alone- you need to be a little familiar with it’s history so briefly ( I promise, briefly ) I’ll run through it.
For a period of time The Antarctic had a  temperate climate and it was covered with forests and plants. It was also connected to Africa and Australia at another point in time and the Seas in that area were tropical.
Then the continents separated and the Antarctic drifted to where it is now.
 Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, and driest of Earth’s continents, it is a polar desert and it is covered by by the continental ice sheet.  But it’s not a dead world, as we know.

        Penguins and Seals live there and so does a micro-animals called Tardigrades. Under the right conditions for a Tardigrade, they can even survive in Space, which goes to  show you how tough they are.

         So why do I want to go there?  Simple.

 I want to go there because of all the secrets that are buried ( or hiding? ) under that ice and guarded by the inhospitable environment  are the remains of an entire world and the people who traveled upon it or to it.

          I want to go to the Antarctic because it is a graveyard and I am positive it’s haunted.

A Country of Ghosts sounds like a heck of a cool place to visit, doesn’t it?

” The Endurance “