The Lost World of Old Europe
December 2, 2009Posted by on
“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.
Writing had yet to be invented, and so no one knows what the people called themselves. To some scholars, the people and the region are simply ‘Old Europe’.
The little-known culture is being rescued from obscurity in an exhibition, “The Lost World of Old Europe: the Danube Valley, 5000-3500 B.C.,” which opened last month at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. More than 250 artifacts from museums in Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania are on display for the first time in the United States. The show will run through April 25.”
There you go. Ye who happen to be in New York from now to April, if you are interested in seeing what proto-vampires in ancient Romania (and Bulgaria) left behind, check out the exhibition about the “Lost World of Old Europe” (a cool preview here) for a fascinating journey back thousands of years.
To read the full article from the NY Times quoted above, click here.