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CPD Training Lecture No. 4567 The Neolithic
#1
Oh come on! you did not expect real skills training did you?

Actually this is more than you nornmally get... so shut up, sit down and stick your soggy rollup behind your ear.

Lights down, hands on desks and we shall begin!

I do feel that there may be a serious point about Marija Gimbutas though... fascinating


http://conormchale.blogspot.co.uk/2012/0...ithic.html
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#2
Oh no....NOT Gimbutas *head in hands...thinking of his time working with Macedonian archaeologists suffering a post communist hangover* The statute of Gimbutas next to Mother Theresa's in Sofia Square still brings back nightmares..... :0
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
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#3
I think time and the profession have been a little unfair to Gimbutas. I dont agree with many of her hypotheses, but she did at least formulate a few and her source data is still there to be re-examined and re-interpreted. A theory is only that...it doesn't (shouldn't!) ever become set in stone and many of Gimbutas' critics don't seem to realise that.

As for the neolithic in general....it currently has to be the 'sexiest' archaeology around, with the mesolithic/neolithic interface probably the equivalent of walking on the moon. My own personal hope is that many more stratigraphists get involved with the archaeology of these periods and some of the more 'traditional' excavation methodologies are reconsidered in that light....
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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#4
kevin wooldridge Wrote:I think time and the profession have been a little unfair to Gimbutas.

Perhaps!

Quote: A theory is only that...it doesn't (shouldn't!) ever become set in stone and many of Gimbutas' critics don't seem to realise that.

Someone should explain this to Gimbutas's supporters, particularly the museum archaeologists.

Quote: As for the neolithic in general....it currently has to be the 'sexiest' archaeology around, with the mesolithic/neolithic interface probably the equivalent of walking on the moon. My own personal hope is that many more stratigraphists get involved with the archaeology of these periods and some of the more 'traditional' excavation methodologies are reconsidered in that light....

Amen!
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
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#5
Quote:As for the neolithic in general....it currently has to be the 'sexiest' archaeology around, with the mesolithic/neolithic interface probably the equivalent of walking on the moon.

I think I need a cold shower . . .
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#6
Well they were partial to large megalithic erections Smile
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#7
How is it that all we get around here are small round pits full of charcoally soil, you mean there's actually some interesting neolithic archaeology somewhere? - involving stratigraphy? I hate you all
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#8
For those of you who couldn't care less about obscure references, Curracloe beach in Wexford is where Spielberg shot the D-day landing scenes for 'Saving Private Ryan.'
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