There is something deeply satisfying when a connection is made that’s not presented to you. Like a detective drawing conclusions. You never want to be given a solved puzzle. You want to do it for yourself, and from the effort get paid with that ”aha” feeling.
Archaeology can be of great assistance in aiding us in making connections when considered in the presentation of the past. The presentation must contain the keys, but you’re better of not knowing what they keep. If you’d know what’s in the safe you might not be as curious to open it. The award is finding out for yourself. Everything is connected and it’s up to the presentation to provide the suitable keys, or pieces to the puzzle (a lot of analogies going on right now), never the solution.
The myth of Persephone keeps popping up in the archaeological record and we have most likely not seen the last of her. I’m for one is very keen on learning more about the implication of the myth ending up in momentous tombs.
Is it simply because Persephone is the queen of the underworld and the dead; is it because of the resurrection element where she is allowed to resurface parts of the year; or is it that these resurrections, symbolising the shifting seasons, stand for change … who knows? I don’t. If you do, I’d love a clue in the comments below!
Edit: According to the most brilliant book, Art & Archaeology of the Greek World, by Richard T. Neer, it’s all about the after life.