Castles Made on Sand Don’t Last Forever…They Change

Reading about the city of Lattara, it struck me at first reading that the ramparts were built on top of sand. The first thoughts that sprung to mind were that the ramparts would not have lasted very long, but we see that there is evidence that these structures lasted for many hundreds of years beyond their initial construction. In my opinion, the main reason for this occurrence would be the amazing amount of adaptability these people showed with respect to their way of living. The people of the city of Lattara are the first that we studied that seemed to gain a skill for accessing the sea for living needs as well as the introduction of true husbandry. The functions of the rampart seemed to evolve as the inhabitants needed as well. Gateways turned into a water collector and new sections of the rampart were adapted to service new ports that were later built. This shows an elevated level of architecture as compared to the megaliths of Morbihan. With the megaliths we saw impressive structures built, but each cluster of structures, even with the possibility that they were integral to one another, had a sense of a disjointed construction. The city of Lattara was built to work in harmony. The rampart not only served as a barrier of protection but ended up serving as highlights for the main roads of the city and an integral piece for the ports, watch towers and water collectors that were later built.

There was also an elevation in the level of architecture because we see that they were able to redesign their original constructions to fit the needs of the time. This in my mind is a major jump in not only architectural thinking, but what may come in the mindset of creating art later on. I think too often in ancient times there is a mindset of “what is, is.” There is a sense of letting the status quo remain and the urge to redesign does not seem to manifest itself as often as it surfaces in modern times, so the idea of the people of Lattara taking it upon themselves to major projects of redesign rather than a series of mass building is a revolutionary step. I feel that at Morbihan, although limited by their technology, redesign was never in their mindset but rather found it more suitable to construct completely new structures for whatever need manifested itself.

The idea of the “redesign” of an original construction brings about a whole new level of confidence in terms of creating and design. I believe that this seems like the beginning of what will later come in art of taking an accepted method of art and completely deconstructing it and examining art from a new perspective.

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