The attached photograph shows the site of a Neolithic settlement
in Basta near the World Heritage 'Petra' which is the most popular
tourist attractions in Jordan.
It is presumed that a lot of hollows covering the surface of a big
plate-like stone remained in a corner of an open space located in
a corner of the settlement was made by striking grain for husking.
The remains, which hardly seem to be constructed nearly 9000 years
ago, about 4000 years before the building of pyramids, evoke vivid
images land we are led into illusions that the sounds of stones
hitting grain, the voices of women chatting with each other while
working, and further the frolic voices of children playing around
the women come to our ears so realistically.
I am neither an expert in remains nor an archaeologist, however
unexpectedly, I have rather long been engaged in projects through
which I have talked with remains in various places in the world.
For a short term in around 1985 and for about 2 years in around 1990,
I firstly met 'Borobudur', the Buddhism site constructed in about
the 9th century, almost the same period as the construction of Todaiji-temple
in Japan, and 'Prambanan', the Hinduism site slightly after Borobudur,
both of which are located in the middle of Java Island in Indonesia.
I was engaged in the 'Borobudur and Prambanan National Archaeological
Parks Construction Project'.
In around 1993 I secondly met 'Ajanta', the Buddhism site from around
the 1st century to around the 7th century, and 'Erola', the mixed
remains of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism in around the 4th - 8th
centuries, both of which are located on the Deccan Plateau in India.
I made up a master plan of the 'Ajanta and Erola Archaeological Sites
Conservation and Tourism Promotion Project'.
In 1996 I thirdly met 'Sannai-Maruyama', one of the biggest remains
of Jomon settlements in Japan and the Jomon people settled there from
about 5500 years ago until about 4000 years ago, the same period as
the construction of the three great pyramids of Giza. This time I
produced a TV commercial focusing on 'Sannai-Maruyama'.
Since 2003 I have been grappling squarely with all remains in Jordan
mainly focusing on the period from the Paleolithic Era in about 20
thousands years ago through the late Islamic Period in about the 15th
century. I have been making up an exhibition plan of the 'Jordan National
Museum' and the work is still going on.
And from September 2005, this year, I have begun concerning myself
with the development project of the 'Grand Egyptian Museum' targeting
the Pharaonic Period of Egypt, the Pharaonic Period is usually defined
as the period from the beginning of the Early Dynastic Period about
3100 years ago until the end of the Third Intermediate Period in 945
BC, however the above museum includes the Ptolemaic Era from 323 BC
until 30 BC. It is yet decided, of course, how I will be involved
in the project from now on. It is well probable that I may finish
my involvement after the participation for about 4 months this time.
And about the title 'rise and fall, through the process of enriching
my experience so superb as a godsend I believe, although the business
has been so much hard, I have always repeated giving questions to
myself or others and gaining answers from myself or others such as
'how these remains were born?', 'what were chances to attain the climax
of prosperity?' and 'why they had been ruined?'
Thinking that I had better neatly clarify those questions and answers
on one occasion, I have selected the above mentioned title.