Deep Prehistory 1.0

The old, deep stuff has always fascinated me — and the older and deeper, the better. The Walter de la Mare poem which I loved as a child and from which I took the motto for this blog goes on to say, “Very old are we men / Our dreams are tales / Told in dim Eden / By Eve’s nightingales.” It’s those tales of dim Eden that I’m always straining my ear to catch.

The first set of entries below was written in 2009 and represents an initial attempt to explore the earliest accomplishments of our species between about 200,000 and 80,000 years ago.

The second set, written in 2010, deals with recent indications that the date for our departure out-of-Africa should be pushed back to 125,000 years ago or earlier.

And the third, from 2010 and early 2011, starts to incorporate my theory of human history as a sequence of visions of the nature of existence and examines the four oldest visions in the sequence.

The Old, Old Days Back in Africa

How We Ventured Out into the Wide World

Of Spirit and Cosmic Order