Main : archaeology, art, feminism, history, Indigenous, language, non-fiction
Judy Foster with Marlene Derlet
Invisible Women of Prehistory is a revolutionary book that challenges our preconceptions about the past.
We often think of history as a linear development in which we are steadily moving out of a violent and patriarchal past to a more equitable and peaceful future. While we have no shortage of wars – and the incidence of violence against women is alarmingly high – we are told that humans have never lived in such peaceful times. We continually hear that our predecessors were violent but also that patriarchy is inevitable and universal. But what if none of this were true? What if we were descended from peaceful societies in which women were respected and equal to men? Would this inspire us to seek new ways of organizing our lives and of interpreting the present?
Based on many years of research into ancient history and prehistory, Judy Foster and linguist Marlene Derlet take on the world. They argue that three million years of peace, a period when women’s status in society was much higher than it is now, preceded the last six thousand years of war during which men have come to hold power over women.
They challenge the academic resistance to these ideas and re-examine both the archaeological work of Marjia Gimbutas and recent research into the prehistories of Africa, East and South Asia, the Americas, Australia, South-East Asia and Oceania.
Detail of dancing figures from a Warli woman’s wall painting, white paint on earth-coloured wall (Source: Indianetzone, n.d.)
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This is a wonderful work of research which is like reading a detective novel, or even more appropriate, as if listening to our matriarchal elders telling us their oral stories throughout time...Despite their academic backgrounds, the authors also have the gift of making complex research and ideas accessible to the reader. You become immersed in this book as you might in any good novel or work of research about which you are passionate.Dr Cathie Koa Dunsford
This is a book you must have in your library.Kare Tate, Blog Talk Radio
'Without a doubt, this book acts as a corrective to male-centric academic research'New Internationalist
Table of Contents
A Timeline of Human Prehistory.
The Prehistoric Female Principle: The Goddess of Old Europe.
The Theory of Marija Gimbutas
Forms of Bias: Sex and Gender; Archaeology; Matriarchy; Civilization; First Writing
Intangible Evidence: The Role of Language, Oral Transmission and Myth
Tangible Evidence: Prehistoric Art: The Visual Image: Sign and Symbol.
Northern Hemisphere: The Prehistoric Goddess Figurines of Old Europe
Hunter/Gathering, the First Horticulture and Agriculture
Northern Hemisphere: Three Prehistoric Civilizations
Part Two. The Indo-Europeans: ‘Civilization’ and History Begin
The First Indo-Europeans: the Beginning of ‘Civilization’ and Written history
The First Changes to Women’s Status
Early Indo-European Philosophies: Their Development and Effects
Earliest Indo-European Philosophies: Justification for, and the Results of, Colonisation, ‘Development’, and Appropriation
Part Three. The Hidden and New Worlds: Prehistories, the Female Principle and Indo-European Influences
Peaceful Hidden Worlds: Africa
Hidden Worlds: India
Hidden Worlds: China. Korea. Japan
Hidden Worlds: Southeast Asia: Thailand
Hidden Worlds: Indonesia
New Worlds: Australia
New Worlds: Oceania
New Worlds: North America
New Worlds: South America. Mesoamerica
The Gimbutas Legacy
A Word from the Authors
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