June 11, 1989 |
IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE a book less likely than "The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe" to cause a sensation. Its subject matter, the spiritual practices of people living in southeastern Europe 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, usually holds appeal for few people other than a fraction of the world's archeologists. Reflecting the fact that its author, Lithuanian-born Marija Gimbutas, writes for an academic audience, its prose is wooden. Even its publisher, a British firm called Thames & Hudson, was so uncertain of the book's success that it released the work in 1974 without publicity.
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February 7, 1994 |
Marija Gimbutas, an internationally recognized archeologist whose research into early European cultures convinced her and other experts that women were revered as goddesses 6,000 to 8,000 years ago and that they presided over cities free of war, has died. Joan Marler, her friend and editor, said she was 73 when she died of cancer Wednesday at UCLA Medical Center.
February 12, 1989 |
When the Cro-Magnon men painted their colorful animals deep in the caves of present-day France and Spain 25,000 years ago, what language did they speak? Would you believe that there are scientists who are seriously trying to answer that question? How can one possibly find out? Ancient people may leave their bones behind, and their tools, and even their art, but they don't leave any record of their language.
September 29, 1996 |
Alla Pleshyvenko points to a fresh pile of soil left by grave robbers on the slopes of a Scythian burial mound. "They're looking for gold," she explains from atop the 22-foot-high knoll known as the First Brother. "They might find some too." Then again, they might not. In the 166 years since magnificent gold riches were found in Scythian graves, nearly all the earthen burial mounds, called kurgans, heaped on top of them have been robbed.
February 18, 1990 |
"The Language of the Goddess" represents the life work of Marija Gimbutas, professor of European archeology at UCLA, who excavated Neolithic settlements for 16 years. Using her main field of inquiry, Gimbutas has woven together comparative mythology, early historical sources, linguistics, ethnography and folklore to prove her case: that the language of the goddess undergirds our entire Western culture.