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The Kurgan Culture and the Indo-Europeanization of Europe (Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph) n Edition

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Professor Marija Gimbutas
1973-74 - Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences
1966 - Curator of Old World Archaeology, Cultural History Museum, U.C.L.A.
1964-89 - Professor of European Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles
1962-63 - Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1961-62 - Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California
1955-63 - Research Fellow of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
EDITORIAL BOARDS: 1964 - Member of the Board, Metmenys, Chicago
1973 - Archaeology Editor, The Journal of Indo-European Studies
1976 - Associate Editor, Monumenta Archaeologica, Institute of Archaeology, UCLA
1979 - Member of the Board, Ponto-Baltica, Florence
1980 - Member of the Board, Comparative Civilizations Journal, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
1981 - Contributing Member, The Quarterly Review of Archaeology, Williamstown, Massachusetts
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"The Balts". Ancient Peoples and Places, vol. 33. Thames and Hudson: New York: Praeger, London:1963. 286 pp. 79 pls., 47 text figures, 11 maps.
Bronze Age Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe. The Hague: Mouton, 1965. 681 pp., 115 pls., 462 text illus., index.
"The Slavs". Ancient Peoples and Places, vol. 74., London: Thames and Hudson; New York and Washington, D.C.: Praeger., 240 pp., 75 pls., 48 text illus., 15 maps.
Neolithic Macedonia 6500-5000 B.C. (editor) 1976, Los Angeles: Institute of Archaeology, UCLA. Monumenta Archaeologica I. 470 pp., 47 pls., 60 color frames, 250 text illus., 52 tables.
"The Transformation of European and Anatolian Cultures 4500-2500 B.C. and Its Legacy". Part I: The Journal of Indo-European Studies, Vol. 8, 1-2: Part II: The Journal of Indo-European Studies, Vol. 8, 3-4: Part III: The Journal of Indo-European Studies, Vol. 9. 1-2. 1980-1980. (Editor)
The Goddess and Gods of Old Europe, 6500-3500 B.C., London: Thames and Hudson. Berkeley-Los Angeles: . . .
The Language of the Goddess: Sacred Images and Symbols of Old Europe. Introduction by Joseph Campbell. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1989. c. 500 pp., 500 illustrations (with c. 2000 objects illus.).
The Civilization of the Goddess - the World of Old Europe. Edited by Joan Marler. HarperSanFrancisco.1991.
The Living Goddesses. Edited and supplemented by Miriam Robbins Dexter. Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press. 1999.
Proto-Indo-European: The Archaeology of a Linguistic Problem. Studies in Honor of Marija Gimbutas. Edited by Susan Nacev
Skomal and Edgar C. Polome. Washington, D.C.: Institute for the Study of Man. 1987.
From the Realm of the Ancestors: An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas. Edited by Joan Marler. Manchester, CT.:
Knowledge, Ideas & Trends, Inc. 1997.Varia on the Indo-European Past: Papers in Memory of Marija Gimbutas. Edited by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Edgar C. Polome. Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph No. 19. Washington, D.C.: Institute for the Study of Man. 1997.

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  • Series: Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph (Book 18)
  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for the Study of Man; n edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941694569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941694568
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
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One might say that Marija Gimbutas is the intellectual giant who all scholars that would trace the archaeological origins of the Indo-European speakers in Europe must confront. Her Kurgan hypothesis, despite some problems, is still at least in its broad outlines the most widely accepted theory of the arrival of Indo-European peoples in Europe. Like most pioneers, she gets many things wrong, but that's no reason to avoid her work. Instead it's worth noting that when the errors are stripped away that these works have provided the foundation on which most recent scholars build their works. Also for this same reason it's probably not the best first book to read on the topic. I'd recommend The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World by David Anthony instead. Anthony largely takes the Kurgan hypothesis of Gimbutas and presents an alternate and much more detail-focused approach to the dynamics of the development of the steppe-riders and their movements into Europe, India, etc.

The Kurgan hypothesis as presented by Gimbutas suffers from a number of important flaws which are worth mentioning right away. The first is that she uses the term "Kurgan" very loosely and as an umbrella term for very widespread material cultures (covering Srednij Stogg, Yamnaya, Botai-Tersek and other horizons). Gimbutas also lumps together a distinct group of cultures together as "Old Europe" again glossing over differences between them.

Moreover, Gimbutas makes a number of controversial claims about the nature of this "Old Europe" conglomeration.
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Though some information is outdated this is the key to understand our present times through what happened in the past. Marija Gimbutas allows herself to hypothesize on a massive body of findings. For this she received lots of critic but to me it is obvious: what is the meaning of digging in the past if all you want is to archive your findings without any interpretation of them? I guess that her hypothesis was too challenging to mainly male archaeologists.
I also read and reviewed David B. Anthony's The Horse, the Wheel, and Language which I find equally interesting. He salutes MG's work as "a door opener" to the understanding of Indo-European origins but he does not agree with her Kurgan hypothesis. Yet, when you read him you discover that most of what MG stated is also present in his book. Maybe he is right about that this long process in the north was more complex, but bottom line still is that MG's hypothesis is the most reasonable explanation to why the present world looks like it does.
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After having only quickly scanned "The Kurgan Culture and The Indo-Europeanization of Europe" by Marija Gimbutas (I just recently received it in the mail & I have a full plate), I can confidently say that this document is a critical contribution to understanding way more than just the building block proofs of the early migrations of what became the Indo-European People. I will revisit/update this review or post a new review after I have completed reading this document. I am looking forward to a rewarding education by Marija Gimbutas.
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