old europe – When “old” means truly old
“Neolithic Europe” lasted from 10000 BC to 2000 BC. The Neolithic period began when man developed farming and domesticated animals. The period included strictly agricultural societies, which ended once tools became widespread.
Between the 7th and 5th millennia BC, communities throughout south-east Europe developed mixed horticultural economies, villages with well-built houses, an abundance of sculptural and ceramic art, craft specialization including weaving and metallurgy and elaborate ritual traditions. The abundance of fertile soils in these regions lead to the formation of larger human settlements.
The following descriptions and photos belong to cultures developed from 6000 BC to 4000 BC on the territories of present-day Romania and its neighboring countries – Cucuteni-Trypillian, Hamangia, Gumelnita.
These societies were egalitarian and pacifist, without social classes or rulers; they had the Sun and fertility cult, expressed through statues of female gods and ceramic art. The Sun worships and fertility cult was passed on and remained ingrained in European populations until Christianization. Elements of Sun worship can still be seen in European folk traditions, including Romanian.
Gumelnita culture was a Chalcolithic (Eneolithic) civilization that flourished more than 6.000 years ago, from 5th to 4th millenium BC along the Black Sea, in present day Romania and Bulgaria.
Gumelnita daily life reenactment
Câmpiei Boianului Museum (in Olt county) is an ethnographic open-air museum where you can see, among other things, a reconstruction of Gumelnita settlements.
Video presents a typical village 6000 years ago
Click on links below to see galleries of various objects
“Import” objects from other cultures, proof of contact with other civilizations
More details and photos here – http://muzeulgumelnita.ro/images/Catalog-Muzeul-Civilizatiei-Gumelnita-Oltenita-2005.pdf
The Cucuteni-Trypillian culture, also known as Cucuteni culture (Romania) or Trypillian culture (Ukraine), is a Neolithic archaeological culture which existed from approximately 4800 to 3000 BC, from the Carpathian Mountains to Moldova and Ukraine, encompassing an area of more than 35.000 square km.
Cucuteni settlements were built mostly around water sources (Prut, Dniester and Siret river) and were large in size, with typically over 1.000 structures in one settlement.
Once every 80 years, the settlements were completely incinerated (it is unknown if due to a religious belief).
Cucuteni culture is considered the largest and most durable of Neolithic times.
The first discoveries were made in 1884. The Cucuteni Neolithic Art Museum was open in 1984, in Piatra Neamt.