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Europe's First Civilization: the Vinča Culture


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Over 8,000 years ago, the first farmers of Europe moved into the fertile lands of the central Balkans. These people would develop complex societies and advanced technologies, as well as sophisticated artistic and ritual practices expressed in part through astonishing ceramic figurines. They were cattle herding crop growing farmers who lived in large settlements and they also developed the first metal working in Europe.

They may also have been warriors, waging war with stone maces and copper axes on their enemies. And they may have developed the earliest writing anywhere in the world. This is the incredible story of Europe’s first civilisation - the Vinča Culture.

 

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The First Kings of Europe: The Varna Culture

The Varna Necropolis, Bulgaria contains the earliest gold treasure in the world, dating to 4500 BC.

These Chalcolithic graves of Old Europe contained more than 3,000 gold artefacts weighing over six kilograms. That's more than anywhere else in the fifth millennium BC, including Mesopotamia and Egypt. Instead of the glorious civilisations of the near east, the world's first goldsmiths lived on the shores of the Black Sea.

But what was the Varna Culture? How did they accumulate so much treasure? And what happened to them?

 

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Dan Davis. His channel is spot on and 5 stars.

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Hmm...  So, there were people living all over Europe well before these cultures.  Why are these the first European civilizations?

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38 minutes ago, Alchopwn said:

Hmm...  So, there were people living all over Europe well before these cultures.  Why are these the first European civilizations?

Community planning? 

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1 hour ago, Alchopwn said:

Hmm...  So, there were people living all over Europe well before these cultures.  Why are these the first European civilizations?

Well, I started this thread because I assumed the guy creating the video, Dan Davis, would have included rather recent finds in Germany, Austria and Czechia (- or some other middle European country -).

These finds were about giant circular structures, but a couple of centuries older than what we see in Davis' video.

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