Welcome to Artifacts, a blog dedicated to the exploration of history and culture through stories, symbols, and art.  Over the coming weeks, months, maybe even years, I am going to seek out and write about stories from the past.  Stories you likely haven’t heard of yet provide a window into a certain world view.  One post may be about a statue, another about a church.  I have one post planned about a symbol on an ancient Roman altar.  Anything that captures the essence of a moment, or a person, or a philosophy is fair game for a post.

Why write (or, in your case, read) about this?  Well, I am driven by an insatiable curiosity about how people in the past grappled with the world.  What did they see when they looked at a painting?  How did they feel when they stepped inside a temple?  What gave them a sense of meaning and how did they express it?  These are the questions I want to talk about in my posts.  If you feel that same sense of curiosity that I do, then you are in the right place. 

In taking on this enormous task, I promise to put in every effort to ensure that my writing does justice to the people, objects, and events I write about.  I will do my best to ensure I am conveying facts accurately and promise to correct mistakes as soon as I learn of them.  I humbly request your patience, particularly in these early days, as I figure out how best to go about this.

The first substantive post will be up within the next week.  I hope you enjoy it and thank you for joining me on this journey.