I would enjoy reading the stories about the photos from Malaysia, so if you come upon it again and have a moment, I would appreciate a link!
I do understand what you are saying. I think that you are thinking along these lines is more than enough and it shows through in the history articles I have read so far.
In some ways, we can only write, if we are writing history, about that which has some other reference; I think though — we might be able to sense or feel those who came before us.
Along these lines we saw a very interesting show on the ill-named “Secrets of the Dead” PBS series about Richard III. It was made after his bones were discovered in the parking lot, and an “ordinary” young man saw it on TV and realized that his scoliosis was almost the same as the skeleton’s. He trained for a year and they did as close re-enactments as possible to the type of battles he would have fought. The question was, could someone with such severe curvature of the spine fight as the real historical person was said to have fought? Yes — and I enjoyed the young man’s story much more than any Kingly or Knightly stuff.
I talked to my friends about “Our Stories: Our Selves” — I think Medium is doing this. It is letting people speak their stories, not endless repeats of the stories of the past.
The pyramid builders’ story, the lady in waiting, the cook, the teacher … not an image on the wall of the cave but them.
I was told by a beta reader (they were not all good) “I read only fantasy but this wasn’t fantasy …” Uh.