Invisible Women of Prehistory: Three Million Years of Peace, Six Thousand Years of War
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Based on many years of research into ancient history and prehistory, this insightful tome argues that three million years of peace—a period when women’s status in society was much higher than it is now—preceded the last 6,000 years of war during which men have come to hold power over women. The book challenges the idea accepted in academia that history is a linear development in which society is steadily moving out of a violent and patriarchal past to a more equitable and peaceful future, and it reexamines both the archaeological work of Marjia Gimbutas and recent research into the prehistories of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Australia and Oceania.
navigators. This would have included knowing the traditional art, songs, stories and teachings passed down from generation to generation. She explains how certain stars, such as the Southern Cross constellation, appear in very different positions in the sky depending on where one is positioned in Australia and the Pacific, and are not seen at all in the Northern Hemisphere. SOLOMON ISLANDS AND PAPUA NEW GUINEA: FEMALE IMAGERY 1. Carved wooden house post representing female figure, Solomon
processual archaeologists considering that he had ‘a vivid imagination’. Yet if one examines his 1967 report, the photographs alone of his discoveries are compelling evidence, even without the text. 6Unfortunately the Berkeley University team led by Mirjana Stevanovic and Ruth Tringham will very likely ignore important goddess aspects if they intend to record using current narrow scientific methods (Hodder, Ian, December 1998, Catalhoyuk Newsletter 5). 7Hodder, Ian (2006) The Leopard’s Tale.
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seeing and understanding our past, but have upset many conservative (male) researchers, most of whom still refuse to recognise her discoveries, even as new evidence continues to support them. She has been greatly respected by European scholars for her meticulous body of work. In 1963, Marija Gimbutas became emeritus Professor of European Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she worked until she retired in 1989. Up until her death in 1994, she remained satisfied
heads; and another which has two heads and four breasts but only two arms. He asserts that these are meant to represent “archetypical spiritual transformation processes” relating to “the intergenerational flow of powers from mother to daughter.”38 According to Marija Gimbutas there were no father images, perhaps because the father image was not always understood or as highly valued as the mother image. Evidence of the mother’s role was easy to see through childbirth, but the father’s role was