In decades to come, archaeologist Marija Gimbutas will be considered one of the most important women of the twentieth century. Her pioneering, interdisciplinary research into the earliest cultures of Europe led to a startling new view of the origins and meaning of Western civilization. According to anthropologist Ashley Montagu, "Marija Gimbutas has given us a veritable Rosetta Stone of the greatest heuristic value..". Linguist Harald Haarmann states, "(Gimbutas') discovery of a deeper layer of European history...may be considered the framework for a new paradigm in research into antiquity".From the Realm of the Ancestors: Anthology i Honor of Marija Gimbutas, is an international collection of essays by major scholars of archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, genetics, history, mythology, comparative religions, women's studies, psychology, poetry, and the visual arts. These essays present a broad sampling of essential ideas, inspired by the work of Marija Gimbutas, that provide a new understanding of the beginnings of European civilization and profound possibilities for cultural transformation.
This is a dense, detailed look at the archaeological legacy of Marija Gimbutas's work on prehistoric Europe. It shows how her discoveries have challenged older assumptions about the origins of civilization and the roles of women in it. More recent work has filled in a more complete picture, but this volume is still mainly fascinating.
“Our social theories are currently produced from within the very reality that most need to be explained. They are products of the androcentric Story and they narcissistically self-reference that Story. [...] The heretic is one who dares to use outside points of reference.”—Artemis March