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March 15, 2021

Writing About the Year 4000BC

It took me three or four years before I became comfortable writing about this period. There are so many modern concepts that prejudiced my writing. As I began to read about the dig sites in southern France and the materials they were finding, the more uncomfortable I became, trying to get into the minds of these ancient people.
However, as I read about the archaeological dig-sites (Google translating from French), I realized these were not stupid or unintelligent people, they would never have survived. They were uneducated, not un-knowledgeable. They knew a lot about the Earth, plants, animals, the sky – things we have washed from our memories as uninteresting or unnecessary. Moderns can survive without this knowledge, primitives could not.
• What plants were edible and which were poison? I would only get one guess.
• What animals were stronger/weaker or more dangerous? Where were they venerable?
• How do I navigate using the stars? How do I tell time at night?
• If I do something this way rather than that way, will the gods be angry? Will I be punished?
• How and when do I try to appease the gods?
I still have to sit and meditate before I can make myself “forget” my education and scientific knowledge and feel the centuries fade away before I can begin writing. I wait until I feel I could survive in this forgotten world among uneducated but intellectual equals.
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Published on March 15, 2021 10:17 Tags: angry-gods, another-s-mind, primitive, research, writing

February 21, 2021

Modes of Transportation

There were no animals to ride like horses or oxen until the Roman times. You'll read about an ox in one of the story, but only for plowing. The only mode of transportation in common use by the Chasseen were canoes, but canoes were being used long before the Chasseen people arrived. However, I did make use of a dog to drag a travois in the third book.
I couldn’t use the word "wheel" in The Chasseen Legends. The wheel wasn’t invented until long after the Chasseen culture fell apart. The first evidence of a wheeled vehicle in Europe was in the present-day Poland-Germany area. There’s also indications of a wheel being used in the Futile Crescent even earlier. Even so, the evidence suggests it would be another 1000 years before the wheel made its way to southern France.
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Published on February 21, 2021 14:19 Tags: canoe, dog, france, wheel

January 29, 2021

Women were Europe’s First Farmers

The Chasseen were Western Europe’s first farmers and Chasseen women were the primary agents behind changing the culture from gathering to gardening and eventually to farming. Women started planting crops beside their huts for security. Men went on hunts that lasted days while the women remained behind timbered walls. Once the crops began to flourish, the women realized what this meant for the clan’s food supply. They began planting large plots of spelt and pluses outside the fortifications. The men acknowledged the advantages only after the women showed them how they could live communally and depend on farming not only to sustain them, but to thrive with surplus food for everyone. The Chasseen men didn’t totally abandon their hunting life for several more generations, gradually changing from a nomadic hunter life-style to a sedentary farming one.
You’ll see this transformation in The Chasseen Legends adventure series as it follows the clan of Busher and Treaulee and their children, Ashland, Averni and Dubnoald. The sons clash as they fight for how they want to live. The stories follow the clan for five generations from hunters to farmers.
Most evidence suggests that a great famine caused by a prolonged drought in the futile crescent 2000 years before The Chasseen Legends takes place. The drought drove many of the people from the Fertile Crescent northward, then around the top of the Mediterranean and west into Europe. These new people had farmed for centuries, bringing a life-style of growing crops and raising livestock. They eventually made their way to the Mediterranean coastline of Iberia and into the Chasseen area of southern France.
The new arrivals introduced the crops they were familiar with, along with goats, pigs and an occasional ox. They quickly completed the Chasseen progress from hunter to farmer, settling into communities and trading with the indigenous Chasseen. However, there were not enough new-comers to replace the Chasseen. They were absorbed by the Chasseen as they traded skills and knowledge about farming and livestock.
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Published on January 29, 2021 07:54 Tags: adventure, farmer, heroines, hunter-gatherer, prehistoric, primitive, women-s-lives

January 16, 2021

Insider Joke Exposed!

I got your note asking who Gascon is. His name is in two of the books. It’s an inside joke – look up Gascon and pigs on google.
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Published on January 16, 2021 11:39

January 10, 2021

The Chasseen Legends books.

1st Question from 6th Grade Class:
What food did you eat?
We ate mostly vegetables, nuts and fruit, but also meat. (No one ate meat every day until after World War II). We hunted meat from large animals like deer, boar and beaver or small animals like hares, rats and squirrels. We liked leafy nettles, kale, wild peas and pennywort (like your garlic). We ate burdock (tastes like artichoke). There were almond trees, pine nuts and acorns (after a long soak) that we liked. We ate the flowers of pansy, rose, violet, dandelion, daisy and celandine plants. We ate very colorful food. We grew old varieties of wheat, spelt and barley and we grew or gathered lots of herbs like rosemary, watercress, thyme, basil, sage and tansy. We gathered honey to make bitter foods sweet.
There were some fruits like the strawberry (from trees). They taste bitter, not like your strawberries today. Also, we enjoyed blackberries and raspberries. All plants with white berries are not edible, about half the plants with red berries are safe to eat, but most blue, black and purple berries from plants are edible. Apples, plums and pears were tiny but edible. Some plants were just for fun, like mastic for chewing gum.
There were plants available that you eat today, but we didn’t know about them. Very few of us ate root foods because we didn’t know about digging up roots or sometimes our religious leaders didn’t allow digging up food from beneath the ground because the ground was for burying dead things. We never ate carrots (they were tiny and purple), potatoes (also tiny and purple). We never ate turnips or rutabaga, beets, garlic, onions or radishes.
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Published on January 10, 2021 13:02 Tags: ancient-diet, primitive-food

July 9, 2017

Spreading the News!

I will be on the talking panel at the Emerging Writers Conference in LaGrange, GA. Saturday, July 15 2-5pm.

Also - check out this YouTube review of my book:
http://www. YouTube.com/watch?v=A-yaqO0aJ_Y

See my webpage: AcornsToWheat.com for more places I am appearing!!
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Published on July 09, 2017 17:39 Tags: appearance, reviews, venues, youtube

April 11, 2017

Ancient Languages

It was not as hard as I thought it would be to find studies of prehistoric languages. I will let you explore how the research was done. I want to discuss the results.
Different languages in Europe evolved from a core language used by a scattered group of people from the mid-6000 B.C. era called the Cardium pottery makers. Their territory covered the Mediterranean coast from Barcelona to Monaco, all of Italy, the Balkan States, Greece and all the way east to India. Most Proto-Indo-European languages, from Celtic to Sanskrit and Germanic to Latin, derived from the shared ancient language of these people.
The evidence shows there are common root words in current European languages. The root words influenced all parts of each languages culture. The common root words for nature include: moon, day, night, wild animal, tree and honey. Common words to describe the body include: eye, chin, jaw, ear and tongue. Relationship words include: brother (meaning a male member of a clan, not just a family male member), sister, mother and father.
All of these words display the aspects of life that were fundamental to ancient peoples. Interestingly, there is no common word for wheel. The wheel was invented long after the Cardium pottery culture fell apart.
Religious words and phrases are: chief of the gods, to pledge oneself, holy forces, poet, poetry, punishment and immortality. Poetry began as a religious art form. One of the most ancient poems in all of Proto-Indo-European languages is "Protect, keep safe, man and cattle". The ancient meaning of cattle being livestock (not just cows).
Another aspect of ancient languages is how they sounded. To study the sound of ancient languages, most research relies on studying primitive cultures still functioning today. There are thousands of ancient niche languages. Unfortunately, a dozen or so become extinct every year. These niche languages are in expected, highly populated regions such as China and India, but also in North America and European countries.
One interesting finding is that ancient speaking sounded more bird-like. Our current whistling is a remnant of this sound. Whistling and other high-pitched sounds can carry long distances and that was an important feature to ancient people. Click HERE to watch a youtube demonstration of an ancient whistling language. There are still remnants of other animal sounds like the rolling 'R' used by singers and the 'tsk, tsk, tsk' (with a shaking of the head) meaning disapproval.
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Published on April 11, 2017 11:56 Tags: ancient-language, celts, druids, france, french

March 14, 2017

My Dilemma

THIS SEEMS TO BE MY DILEMMA

How/Where Do You Start?


HowCanBookGetReviewed
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Published on March 14, 2017 11:54 Tags: author, book-publish, review, sell, write

January 25, 2017

Next Event - March 18th

The next Acorns To Wheat Signing/Reading/Discussion will be in Tyrone, Ga. The Friends of the Tyrone Library event will be on March 18th 1:00 - 3:00.
Hope to see you there!
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Published on January 25, 2017 11:38 Tags: acorns, discussion, reading, signing, wheat

January 17, 2017

The Chasseen People

Who were the Chasseen?
First and foremost, the Chasseen were people like us, but without the technology, organization and understanding that 6000 years of discovery has taught us. They were more familiar with and aware of the natural world than most of us.
The Chasseen were the first to rise from a singular hunter-gatherer life to a more diverse life as small family clans coalesced into farming communities. The clans shared with each other their own personal traits and family traditions while participating in a mutually beneficial work-load. Differing talents became an advantage.
Chasseen is the name given to a loose collection of nomadic hunter-gatherers transitioning to a more stable life-style. This is the beginning of communal life in Europe. However, they were still bands of diverse people with minimal organization. They did, however, intermingled on a regional basis during seasonal worship events.
Their culture covers about 1000 years, from 4500 to 3500bc. Their influence extended over several large groupings. In general, the groups were separated by the mountain ranges of Europe and were concentrated near river basins. One group covered most of the Iberian Peninsula around to the Italian coast. Another was a group from the Paris basin to the Danube area and the other group located in Northern Europe. Each had their own trade routes, but maintained a similar culture. The two latter groups were eventually displaced by a pre-Celtic culture. The Iberian Peninsula group, because they were more scattered, maintained their culture much longer. They were probably intermingled with the Celts and later the Gauls.
The Chasseen were neolithic (neo=new + lithic=stone age). They already had grinding stones for acorns to make bread and used these same stones when they switched to growing wheat and barley for bread. They had no metal technology, but mastered the use of flint and obsidian. Originally, they used an atlatl for hunting but changed to bow and arrows. Bowls and cooking utensils for communal meals were made of clay and they used personal clay bowls with bone implements. Their cook-pots were unique for having three large lugs near the bottom of the pot to hang on a tree and drop in hot rocks for cooking.
Chasseen were the first in the region to herd goats (and later sheep) and trained their dogs to assist in herding. They cultivated wild peas, millet and harvested fruits such as apples, pears and plums.
The Chasseen began as a matriarchal society. The women mastered the technique of moving wild grains to local fields, then turned the seeds into a gardening endeavor. This endeavor changed to full-fledged farming as the women taught themselves the techniques of crop rotation and multi-seasonal planting/harvesting. This continued until the workload of farming overcame their child-rearing and domestic responsibilities and the men took over. The men changed from hunters to farmers as the advantages of a continual and reliable food-source became apparent.
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Published on January 17, 2017 17:08 Tags: communial-living, farming, first-farmers, first-villages, hunter-gatherers