Daily Archives: November 12th, 2007

Wilma Flintstone, Fashion Diva

From Graham Hancock.com:

If the figurines found in an ancient European settlement are any guide, women have been dressing to impress for at least 7,500 years.

Recent excavations at the site — part of the Vinca culture which was Europe‘s biggest prehistoric civilization — point to a metropolis with a great degree of sophistication and a taste for art and fashion, archaeologists say.

In the Neolithic settlement in a valley nestled between rivers, mountains and forests in what is now southern Serbia, men rushed around a smoking furnace melting metal for tools. An ox pulled a load of ore, passing by an art workshop and a group of young women in short skirts.

“According to the figurines we found, young women were beautifully dressed, like today’s girls in short tops and mini skirts, and wore bracelets around their arms,” said archaeologist Julka Kuzmanovic-Cvetkovic.

The unnamed tribe who lived between 5400 and 4700 BC in the 120-hectare site at what is now Plocnik knew about trade, handcrafts, art and metallurgy. Near the settlement, a thermal well might be evidence of Europe’s oldest spa.

“They pursued beauty and produced 60 different forms of wonderful pottery and figurines, not only to represent deities, but also out of pure enjoyment,” said Kuzmanovic.

It seems that women since the dawn of civilization have always liked to be adorned and dress nice. Short skirts even? Obviously the invention of agriculture and animal husbandry had a direct influence on this. Otherwise, how would women, or men for that matter find time to dress up and adorn themselves for each other?

Hunter-gatherer societies had their tattooed and adorned class as well, but that luxury was usually reserved for the religious or shaman class. Such symbolism for them was an expression of great power and the ability to communicate with the supernatural world. To them, it was a matter of life or death if a hunt was successful or not. They figured they needed all the help they could get!

But the founding of agriculture and permanent settlements afforded people a little extra time for “leisure” and to dress up for appearance sake. Hunter-gatherers might’ve even stopped there to trade for hunting weapons or other supplies. Copper was the titanium steel or carbon nanotubes of that period, very valuable indeed. This early settlement was probably the “London”, “Paris” or “Rome” of its’ day!

So the “Wilma Flintstones” of that large village probably could adorn themselves with pretty baubles or copper bracelets. And their mates probably didn’t have to call “Geico” either in order to afford their jewelry!

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