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Dating prehistoric objects

A collaborative project between British and Maltese archaeologists, of which we are the directors, has made spectacular discoveries about the artistic representations of the so-called mother goddesses.

Elsewhere in the Mediterranean, the cults generally involved simple domestic rituals; little effort was invested in religious art or architecture.

In Malta, however, the worship of corpulent images gradually blossomed into a consuming passion.

Solid objects such as bracelets and dress-fasteners contrast dramatically with large sheet gold collars and delicate ear-spools.

The Mediterranean region is a fine laboratory for the scientific study of early religions because so many emerged there.

Prehistoric people settled on the fertile and marshy banks of the river that provided them access to rich food sources.

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During this time a great variety of torcs were made by twisting bars or strips of gold.

Around 1200 BC new gold working techniques were developed.Far less well known are the religions of the agricultural communities that preceded the advance of Greco-Roman civilization.In several of the latter, images of corpulent human figures played an important role.Archaeologists at the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) have unearthed prehistoric tools at the new site of United States embassy In London.A flint tool dating to the Palaeolithic Period (approximately 700,000 to10,000 BC) was discovered during an excavation at the site located in Vauxhall, in South London.Those temples and the underground burial chambers related to them contained many images of obese humans--some no larger than a few centimeters, others the size of giants--as well as of animals and phallic symbols.