Neolithic Reverence for Nature, Imagined as 'Goddess' FigurinesThe Neolithic period marked the transition of human culture from hunter-gatherers to settled agricultural civilizations. One of the oldest known civilizations, which persisted for 1,000 years, was called Çatalhöyük (Catal Huyuk). This culture was remarkable for being gender and status egalitarian, non-warring, and based on religious reverence for Nature, creatively imagined as ‘Goddess’ sculptures. This course is a scholarly presentation of archeological results, especially by Dr. Gimbutas, and discusses recent analyses of ancient DNA. This class will explore how this era and these ancestors challenge current assumptions about the potential of humans.
Donna Armstrong is a retired professor of epidemiology, specializing in social/environmental sustainability, community food security, and food gardening. After retiring, she practiced sustainable farming in Kentucky. She now practices permaculture design, urban food growing, and community sustainability in Harrisonburg.
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