A “Lost” European Culture

4 Dec

This article in the NYTimes is absolutely fascinating.  UHP students who have taken an Arts & World Culture course should be particularly able to appreciate this story about a culture flirting with civilization over 7,000 years ago in Europe.  You can read the full article here and make sure to see the slide show here. From the article:

The 'Thinker' and Female Figurine From Cernavodă

Before the glory that was Greece and Rome, even before the first cities of Mesopotamia or temples along the Nile, there lived in the Lower Danube Valley and the Balkan foothills people who were ahead of their time in art, technology and long-distance trade.  For 1,500 years, starting earlier than 5000 B.C., they farmed and built sizable towns, a few with as many as 2,000 dwellings. They mastered large-scale copper smelting, the new technology of the age. Their graves held an impressive array of exquisite headdresses and necklaces and, in one cemetery, the earliest major assemblage of gold artifacts to be found anywhere in the world.

Some of the artifacts found are truly stunning and beautiful remnants of a long-past society that existed when civilization was just a twinkle in human history’s eye.  Anthropology, art, culture, sociology, history, archeology, sex and gender, and even politics all come together to tell this truly remarkable story — a testament to the interdisciplinary approach needed to decipher not only our modern world, but our collective history as well.

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