Sponsored by The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 4:00am
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Oxford OX1 2PH
This traveling exhibition organized by The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU brings together for the first time more than 160 objects recovered by archaeologists from the graves, towns, and villages of Old Europe, a cycle of related cultures that achieved a precocious peak of sophistication and creativity in what is now southeastern Europe between 5000 and 4000 BC, and then mysteriously collapsed by 3500 BC...The exhibition, arranged through loan agreements with 20 museums in three countries (Romania, The Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova), brings the exuberant art, enigmatic goddess cults, and precocious metal ornaments and weapons of Old Europe to American audiences.