Evolution of Man: Layers of History

Layer up is the advise of our fearless leader .  Make sure we have a rain gear underneath the layers of clothing we have to brave the elements of Camino de Santiago.  The weather was so fickle.  It cannot make up its mind whether to rain or shine.  This was a drizzly kind of day.


“You have so many layers, that you can peel away a few, and everyone’s so shocked or impressed that you’re baring your soul, while to you it’s nothing, because you know you’ve twenty more layers to go.”
Craig Thompson, Carnet de Voyage

The road to Camino, we passed by an Archaeological site of Atapuerca.  In this area, here they unearthed deep beneath the layers of earth the origin and evolution of humans half a million years old.


“People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.” Veronica Roth, Insurgent

As we kept on walking, there are more layers that one can meet the eyes; layers of farm land with contrasting colour and brick layered bale of hay.  I wondered how on earth did they managed to shape the hay into square instead of a ball of hay?

“Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth. “ ~ Ayn Rand

Upon reaching the City of Burgos, we had free time to do whatever we wanted.  There were four of us who hang together and we all decided to see the Museum of Anthropology that displays all the archeological find at Atapuerca.  It was rather fascinating to learn how ancient our civilization was.

“What matters is discovering myself under the veneer, under the layers that are wrapped around me. There are two ‘yous’; there’s ‘you’, the real you, and then there’s the image.” ~ Ted Dekker

What I found fascinating were the skulls of different type of human  (click to view).  There were all kinds of shapes and sizes with varying degrees of discoloration.  The facial bone structure, the scientist can determine what our ancient ancestors would look like to compare with current humanoid.


“The scientist examines the objective world of matter and develops external vision. The saint examines the soul and acquires internal vision.” ~ Baba

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17 thoughts on “Evolution of Man: Layers of History

  1. Thanks Seeker, so interesting! I know we all have a different Camino experience, yet; we all have one thing in common, to learn more about life and ourselves. I like your description about the secret within us. When I finished the Camino, I did find the two Jim’s, However, the lessons continue; the third secret one has appeared since I got back to Thailand. Oh, this life thing is fun!

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