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The Civilization of the Goddess: The World of Old Europe

Presenting a classic illumination of Neolithic goddess-centred culture, this text provides a picture of a complex world, offering evidence of the matriarchal roots of civilization.

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  1. Erik Rodenborg "Kire" says

    A monumental work For all those who are interested in a learned and well documented alternative view on the prehistory of Europe – the best you can do is to read this work! Gimbutas was one of the worlds leading archaeologists and even her opponents had to admit that virtually no one could match her encyclopaedic archaeological knowledge. Then she started to argue that there has been a prehistoric matrifocal culture in Europe where the Goddess were worshipped and suddenly she was quite mariginalized in the academic community. Of cource no on denied her outstanding archaelogical knowledge but she was suddenly not politically correct in this male dominated community. If you read this powerful book you realize why. This book presents the essence of Gimbutas life long research and her final conclusions.

  2. Brian Griffith says

    possibly the greatest archaeologist of the 20th century Gimbutas’s lifetime of archaeological research comes together in this panoramic view of Old European civilization. And her work helps blow the frontiers of known history back by about 3,000 years, exposing cultures far older than Sumer or ancient Egypt. Her patient calibrations of dentochronology with radio-carbon dating of artifacts shows large villages and towns from the 6,000s BCE forward, dotted across Eastern Europe. And her compilation of cultural clues shows cultures which challenge all previous notions of how civilizations evolved. The basic equality in size of houses and graves, the emphasis on feminine images in art, the lack of defensive walls or caches of weapons, suggest civilizations focused on the arts of nurturing families, plants and animals. Perhaps the survival of the fittest here meant the flourishing of those best able to care for each other. In discoveries and open-minded interpretation of remains, Gimbutas could stand as the greatest archaeologist of the 20th century.–author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization

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