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Meet your European Ancestors...
During a lecture I gave at Origins in London last November, I spoke about Lepenski Vir and the people.
6000 years before the Pyramids and other megalithic sites, these amazing people were constructing homes and living their lives.
Located in Serbia in central Balkan peninsula, Lepenski Vir is very ancient dating between 9500/7200-6000 BC. The late Lepenskir Vir (6300-6000 BC) saw the architectural development of the Trapezoidal buildings which influenced the long houses and later megalithic sites. Bu t the people are equally important as the monuments they left behind.
The Lepenskir Vir site consists of one large settlement with around ten satellite villages. Numerous piscine sculptures have been found showing a link to water, the living river and beneath the ground, the living waters of the Earth Mother.
One burial, I think is that of a priest shaman. It is very unusual as the legs appear like a meditation state or as a butterfly and is most rare, whilst others appear on their back. The various ages of occupation may reflect varies different spiritual practices. www.theaveburyexperience.co.uk www.EsotericCollege.com
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Uniquely British is a form of Neolithic pottery called Grooved ware. It was not an imported cultural item like the Beaker Ware pots of Europe. Developed in the early in the 3rd millennium BC, in the northerly part of the UK - the Orkney Isles - it was soon a must have item in Britain and Ireland.
The pottery has a unique shape which is a flat-bottomed pot with straight sides sloping outwards and grooved decoration around the top. Although the pottery can display varieties styles, some with complex geometric decorations and others with applique bands added. The pattern may have been inspired by wicker basketry.
What were they used for?
Pots from Balfarg in Fife, Scotland have been chemically analysed to ascertain their contents. It appears that some of the vessels may have been used to hold black henbane a powerful hallucinogen. And a poison. Thus, they have a ritual function and held the alchemic mind-altering fluid that put some of the priests in direct contact with the Gods.
This style of pottery is also found at henge sites and in some burials. The examples that I give come from Durrington Walls near Stonehenge. As previously mentioned these pots had a ceremonial role as well as a practical role.
Some vessels are extremely large and can hold up to 30 gallons, and would be suitable for fermentation - making beer!. However, the majority are smaller, ranging from jug- to cup-size, and could be used for serving and drinking. The ancient British communities from c. 4000 BC had the knowledge and ability to make ale from their crops is clear.
|Posted by [email protected] on December 13, 2016 at 3:45 AM||comments (0)|
Meeting our Stonehenge Ancestors -
A Royal Burial of a Wessex High Queen or a High Priestess
About 10 miles from Stonehenge in the heart of rural Wessex lies Upton Lovell round mound also known as 'Golden Barrow'.
Dated to the Early Bronze Age the large round barrow originally measured 20m in diameter and stood at least 3m in height.
Within the womb like safety of the mound, William Cunnington (1803) found a primary burial which was a cremation that was lovingly placed in an oblong cist or stone-lined box.
Two other cremations had been buried very close together near the top of the mound. One of them in another small stone cist stopped Cunnington in his tracks.
He looked down in awe and was captivated by the rich grave goods which once belonged to a woman. Her necklace contained over a 1000 amber beads with spacer plates, a necklace of 13 gold drum-shaped beads, a lunar number possibly associating her with the Moon and Magic.
Other goods were a beautiful large gold oblong plaque decorated with incised lines, which I feel was some kind of Oracle Card or small Board. Exquisitely made were two gold buttons and two little container boxes about an inch wide both designed to open.
Another ornament in form of a cone, decorated with circles and zigzags. All made of pure thin gold, beautifully worked, and highly burnished.
This woman once walked the Stonehenge landscape and she was very important. Was she royalty, a Priestess, a Seer?
What is the real mystery about this lady's burial is that she did not have a mound constructed for her, but she was placed into an existing mound. A mound that may have contained the remains of other Seers or royalty.. FIND OUT MORE IN MARIA WHEATLEY'S forthcoming book on Stonehenge and other sacred sites visit her site www.theaveburyexperience.co.uk
|Posted by [email protected] on November 11, 2016 at 7:55 AM||comments (0)|
Lepenski Vir in Serbia is a Mesolihtic site that dates back to 9500/7200-6000 BC. Although there is some disagreement about the early start of the settlement and culture of Lepenski, the latest data suggest 9500-7200 to be the start.
The late Lepenski Vir (6300-6000 BC) architectural development was the development of the Trapezoidal buildings and monumental sculpture. The Lepenskir Vir site consists of one large settlement with around ten satellite villages. Numerous piscine sculptures have been found at the site.
This led the brilliant Marija Gimbutus to suggest the Fish represented the Goddess. The figurines are beautiful and show that this age old and lost culture was fully artisitic and highly creative.
Remind yourself that this European culture is 6000 years before the pryramids.
|Posted by [email protected] on October 26, 2016 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
The Amesbury Archer - looking at the people of the past
Situated close to Stonehenge, the grave of the Amesbury Archer is one of the most important discoveries in Europe.
The burial is over 4000 years old making it one of the earliest beaker graves in Britain. The archer was around 35–45 years old when he died and he was carefully laid to rest in a wooden chamber beneath a low mound. His left kneecap was missing which would have caused him to have a bad limp.
Isotope analyses of his teeth show that he grew up outside Britain, probably near the Alps. Did he come to Stonehenge for healing? Was Stonehenge seen as a healing sancutary. Archaeolgists such as Professor Timothy Darvill from Bournemouth University thinks so. I agree with them.
His grave contained an unusually large number and variety of objects. They include five beaker pots, 18 arrowheads, two bracers (archer’s wristguards), four boars’ tusks, 122 flint tools, three copper knives, a pair of gold hair ornaments, and a cushion stone. The gold and copper metal objects are currently the oldest found in Britain. Many of the other finds have strong continental links. Although he was buried with archery equipment the presence of the cushion stone suggests he was a metalworker.
Metalworking was a new skill and he may have brought this technique with him to Britain. This knowledge could have made him a powerful man explaining his wealthy burial. In continental Europe metalworkers’ burials were often very elaborate.
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The Bush Barrow lies close to Stonehenge on Normanton Down.
Two hundred years ago an excavation found beautiful gold objects one of which was made in Brittany.
The Bush barrow is large bowl barrow less than half a mile south of Stonehenge, measures over 36m in diameter and stands today 3m high.
The primary burial was of an adult male, buried lying on his left side which was found in the crouched position. The grave goods placed with him show that this was a princely burial from about 1900 -1700 BC.
Brittany linked to Stonehenge
In the grave had been placed prestigious weapons including an axe and the two largest daggers to have been found in a grave of this date. One had a wooden handle elaborately decorated with fine gold-wire pins and came from Britanny.
By the right side of the body was a mace, the head made from a rare flecked fossil stone from Devon, while the handle was embellished with bone zig zag mounts. Three other beautifully worked sheet gold objects were also found – a large diamond shaped lozenge resting on the man’s chest and a large belt-hook lying by his waist, both decorated with delicate impressed linear lines, as well as another small diamond shaped lozenge, which may have been mounted on the handle of the mace.The mace is shown in the illustration below.
A number of rivets and fragments of bronze found near the skeleton have recently been identified by experts as being from a knife-dagger dating to some 200 years earlier than the rest of the objects found in the grave. This dagger may have belonged to an ancestor who may have been involved in the construction of the enormous sarsen stone circle and horseshoe of trilithons at Stonehenge.
The two adjacent barrows in the group also included prestigious objects and may have been the graves of members of the same 'royal' or elite family.
|Posted by edwinswagger on June 6, 2016 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
The ancient universal symbol of creation
The discovery of a large white stone egg, found buried at great depth on a site overlooking the ancient capital's harbour. Carefully sculpted with an enigmatic carving resembling the DNA symbol and the 5000 year old Sumerian "Ningishzida". Is it the same white stone egg, the "Alatuir", referred to in the Slavic legend as being the centre of their religion in their submerged homeland in the great western ocean?
The alatuir was a magic stone of Slavonic myth which could be found on the sacred paradise island of Bouyan. A river flowed from beneath it, the waters of which would heal all wounds. The island of Bouyan and the alatuir resembles Falias, the City of the north in Celtic and the Stone of Destiny.
Later the alatuir became a stone at the cross roads which warned heroes of impending danger, and later still, it was said to be the stone one which the Cross stood.