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Humans And Nature: The Sad Truth About The Relationship Between Humans And Earth

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Since the shift into the Holocene era with the rise of sedentism throughout various millenniums across six continents to present day human ingenuity, respect and attention towards the site gradually declined as technologies advanced human capability and chances of survival. Digging deep in time back to the ancestral hunter-gathering tribes of southwestern France in the Caves of Lascaux, where the site was the structure itself, shifting towards the Anasazi of Mesa Verde who created a structure utilizing the site, finally ending with modern day commercial chain buildings stamped onto landscape with neither respect nor consideration of natural landform and the grim outlook for the city of New Orleans, these sites offer insight to the nulling of human reverence to Earth as technology replaces the necessity for natural provisions. Evolution among ideas and communities both on a communal and global scale show the rising ignorance of Earth throughout history. Although contemporary sites break from this shift towards a product over placement, the overall generalization of architecture must recognize this change to shed light for a future of reinvesting in the earth’s protection and prolonging of humanity.

Rewind the historical clock 19,000 years ago when anatomically correct, coherent humans first set out to alter the natural world’s many caverns and crevices such as in the Caves of Lascaux. In Paleolithic times when the formation of complex languages and cognitive skills replaced instinctive traits of nourishment, shelter, and procreation, so too did the formation of non-domestic ancestral sites. Archeologically, structures in prehistoric sites are either debunked as domestic or non-domestic, usually associating groups who occupied nearby living spaces with a rise of early spiritual belief systems. The Caves of Lascaux offer a prime insight into a non-domestic site, one which shows the technology these Acheulean hand axe wielders were capable of. Located a short distance from Nice, France, this early example of religious architecture depicts megafuana game commonly hunted during the recent glacial Ice Age. The palette of colors within this womb-like cavern consisted of red ochre, yellow sulfurous clay, dark blackened ash and charcoal, and the shades of orange in between mixing. To paint these iconic symbols, the hunter-gatherers would construct a scaffold system using only wood, lithic, and bone based technology to then see these images lit only by a fire’s warm light within the ceremonial cavern (Ingersoll and Kostof). Though their technology consisted primarily of stone, the ancestors began to shape Earth.
In the days of mankind’s first permanent markings on the Earth’s surface, their limited technology prevented major changes to an existing site. As stated within World Architecture, A Cross-Cultural History by Richard Ingersoll and Spiro Kostof, “The painted caves [of Lascaux] did not require acts of construction, the...

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