Goddess figurines Cycladic Isles in Aegean Sea, from 4,500 years ago.
Lost Goddesses Writing Found
by Dean Adams Curtis
Was prehistoric Europe a place of peace for thousands of years? We've just excavated amazing words from the last writings of a renowned archaeologist whose life's work addressed that question. We reveal the words here for the first time on the web, quoted exactly as they were discovered:
"By 4500 BC, the European continent hosted a flourishing group of Goddess worshipping cultures. Over the preceding two millennia, from about 6500 BC to 4500 BC, these cultures had undergone a peaceful evolution, and by the end of this time achieved what could properly be called a Golden Age of Old European civilization. They produced arts and crafts of remarkable quality. Communities achieved populations of many thousands and were laid out in a planned manner. Towns were located at consistently even distances from each other, with larger cities acting as religious and trade centers."
Another paragraph by the archaeologist reveals that during the peaceful milleniums in east-central Europe, "Artisans produced copper and gold, tools, jewelry and symbols that display a complete mastery of these media. Old European ceramicists produced pottery so refined in execution that it would not be matched for thousands of years. They developed a form of writing which shows the ability to deal with a high level of abstraction."
“The focus of life for these peoples was religion: the perpetual functioning of the cycle of life, death, and regeneration embodied by a central feminine force – the Goddess.
“The tens of thousands of figurines and sculptures, the burial rites, the rich religious symbolism, all attest the ideology of these peoples. The most advanced architecture - two-story buildings - were reserved for temples. Religion pervaded every aspect of life, and even weaving and the baking of bread were included as sacred activities in the temples."
Then the renowned archaeologist reveals the following stunning facts...
“The achievements of these ancient civilizations were attained without the use of force. Nowhere in Old Europe is there evidence of warfare. Heavy fortifications are absent, and settlements are located for their proximity to fields and water sources, not for protection from attack...Evidence of pitched battle and violent invasions is nonexistent. Nowhere are there buried warriors, with limbs hacked off or spearheads embedded in bones, and nowhere are there signs of glorification of war heroes."
“The family clan was structured around the clan's women; the older women were especially revered as creators of the clan. In this way, the central role of the women in the family clan reflected the central role of the Goddess in religion."
This clear statement about what was happening during three thousand year periods of Europe's prehistory was found in a place that may seem prehistoric to some who have grown accustomed to blazing fast Internet access to information and entertainment. It was on a high shelf in a library.
It was found bound between brown library-supplied covers, wedged between big, thick books. It may be the last essay by famed UCLA archaeologist Marija Gimbutas. It is collected together with other essays by her in a little book that offers both the concise summary of her life's discoveries we have been quoting, and essays documenting some of those discoveries during 1952 and 1953.
Here's an example from one of her other essays in the little book titled: "Old Europe c. 7000 - 3500 BC: The Earliest European Civilization before the Infiltration of the Indo-European Peoples."
Marija Gimbutas states that, "A time period around 3500 BC forms a caesura (break/interruption) between Old Europe and Indo-European Europe. It is a time when life in the large villages and townships either stops or is markedly changed. It is at this time...that the first eruption into the Danubian and northern European plains of the Kurgan or Proto-Indo-European peoples...is dated. The degenerative changes in the settlements of the Old European Civilization may be assumed to indicate the beginning of the Indo-European presence."
Gimbutas continues, "In my own view, the Old European, Old Anatolian, and Indian Harappan Neolithic civilizations stand in oposition to the patriarchal, patrilinear, and warlike culture of the Indo-Europeans."
The archaeologist's final years were aimed toward describing symbols she found on ceramics at many ancient sites in a quest to understand the lost language of Old Europe that she documents in the book "Language of the Goddess".
Because of it's clarity about several nearly lost millenia of human prehistory, Goddesses has cited very liberally above from the important Gimbutas essay The Fall and Transformation of Old Europe: Recapitulation 1993 pp. 351-372, appearing in The Kurgan Culture and the Indo-Europeanization of Europe: Selected articles from 1952 to 1953 by Marija Gimbutas, edited by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Karlene Jones-Bley (Washington, D.C.: Institute for the Study of Man, 1997). The quotations are from p. 351, the first page of the essay. Goddesses editors thank Richard Buchen of the Reference and Special Collections Library of the Opus Archives at Pacifica Graduate Institute for providing the above citation.
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