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Posted on 09/25/2008 5:39:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Running until the end of October at the Palazzo della Cancelleria in the Vatican, the exhibition, "Cucuteni-Trypillia: A Great Civilization of Old Europe," introduces a mysterious Neolithic people who are now believed to have forged Europe's first civilization...
Archaeologists have named them "Cucuteni-Trypillians" after the villages of Cucuteni, near Lasi, Romania and Trypillia, near Kiev, Ukraine, where the first discoveries of this ancient civilization were made more than 100 years ago.
The excavated treasures -- fired clay statuettes and op art-like pottery dating from 5000 to 3000 B.C. -- immediately posed a riddle to archaeologists... "Despite recent extensive excavations, no cemetery has ever been found," Lacramioara Stratulat, director of the Moldova National Museum Complex of Iasi, told reporters at a news conference recently at the Vatican.
Before their culture mysteriously faded, the Cucuteni-Trypillians had organized into large settlements. Predating the Sumerians and Egyptian settlements, these were basically proto-cities with buildings often arranged in concentric circles... in what is now Romania, Ukraine and Moldova.
(Excerpt) Read more at dsc.discovery.com ...
Okay, we've all seen the Helen Thomas pics, so keep 'em to yourself. X-Ray Spex pix are still okay.
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They were the genealogical forefathers of M.C. Escher no doubt.
“Before their culture mysteriously faded, the Cucuteni-Trypillians had organized into large settlements. Predating the Sumerians and Egyptian settlements, these were basically proto-cities with buildings often arranged in concentric circles...”
Hope they have a nice short nickname!
How about “Kookoo Trip”?
....the abundant female statuettes are gracious and mask-free, with tattooed bodies and long feet.”
Damn, sounds like some Romanian and Ukrainian girls I know...!
“every some 60-80 years they would sacrifice whole cities by intentionally burning thousands of their houses. Then they would move to create another settlement.”
Hmmm. “Can’t we just get along?”
Sounds like one way to deal with the mortgage crisis......
Sounds like some prehistoric ex-cons with a foot fetish took a pottery class in prison.
You realize of course that comment could unleash a pile of Escher graphics (I hope).
I wonder who lint them the kiln?
Okay, then how about “Kooky Trip”?
Cute tryp. (rhymes with ripe)
:’) Sounds like a sound idea.
...All the structures in a settlement were erected in concentric circles around the central square. Once in fifty or seventy years the settlements were abandoned and the people moved elsewhere, burning down the abandoned settlement.
The Trypillia people, in addition to farming and animal husbandry, knew metalworking, weaving and pottery. Their copper technology was quite advanced. A wide variety of implements made of copper or flint knives, axes, bores, scrapes, sickles and others, and they are a good indication that various crafts were developed in the Trypillia culture to quite an advanced level. Shops were set separately and some distance away from dwellings, close to the quarries or deposits of ore. The Trypillia people invented the potters wheel and two-tier ovens for baking their earthenware...
Egyptian, Phoenician Idols,Osiris found in Romania. The places where these statues have been found, belong to civilizations much older than the Ancient Egypt, like Cucuteni-Trypillia culture, 5508 -2750 BC.
Note location: Gobekli Tepe:
Gobekli Tepe: Concentric circle lay-out reconstruction.
ah, this is what I was looking for:
and as long as you’re there:
Thanks. Too bad there’s no (known) archive. It would be difficult to impossible to crack though...
Is this the world’s oldest statue? [Anatolia, Gobekli Tepe]
The First Post ^ | November 24, 2006 | Sean Thomas
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 4:01:06 AM by SunkenCiv
“intentionally burning thousands of their houses.”
Perhaps this was a plan to exterminate vermin like rats, mice, fleas and lice. Supplemented with a good bath and plenty of nit picking, it could have been quite effective. If there was a disease epidemic they might have done this to appease the gods and discovered that it also eliminated disease for a time.
The circle design reminds me of similar marks carved into early celtic/british stone dwellings. Also the circle sites remind me a little of stonehenge.
Once in fifty or seventy years the settlements were abandoned and the people moved elsewhere, burning down the abandoned settlement...
that's a long time between pest-control treatments!
I would have posted some myself if i knew how to do html images.
I keep forgetting how to do it because I do it so infrequently or my latent Alzhiemers kicks in.
Uh-oh, I’m gettin’ the infamous “image hosted by Tripod” filler image. :’(
Can’t post images? Excellent, one less person to post you-know-who... ;’)
You mean...she who cannot be named?
That’s the one.
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