Mayan Ceramic Pot

Mayan Ceramic Pot

I am worry that with technology we are turning a personal history into ephemeral instants. See the early Maya wrote their history, culture and art over stone, jade, metals and ceramics and it only took nature a couple of centuries to banish it all into dense tropical jungles.

What is going to happen to our digital movies, photographs, music and everything else. Data degradation comes in the form of obsolescence of floppy drives, compact discs, dvd discs, blue ray discs, zip drives, flash drives, hard drives, et-cetera and also in the form discontinued software and file formats.

What’s the shelf life of our digital personal memories?

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  • Eric

    Shelf life ? I find that, as soon as the disc/tape/software gets put on the shelf, I never look at it again, anyway … Ja-ja-ja
    Thank you for the series on Mayan art. Maybe on my next trip, I will finally buy one of the replica ceramics. They are a captivating sight, and yes, it is amazing that someone can take a lump of wet earth and some pigment, and turn it into something so beautiful.
    More photos of these, please ! Or maybe some of the people who (still)make them ?

  • @Eric, thanks for your great feedback. I will keep your request present next time I am around alfareros.

  • Nikki

    How did Mayans make there ceramics?