Megaliths, Shamen & the City Builders – the hidden connections (cont.)
By Lucy Wyatt
But what is truly extraordinary about the Ur-concept is the confirmation of aspects of it among people who themselves were not civilised and who can be found living a long way away from the civilisers. They did not even live in cities. These people are the very early Indo-European tribes long before they came to Europe, the proto-Indo-Europeans.
The location of the original homeland of the Indo-Europeans before the 4th millennium BC is controversial. There is no universal agreement. My own personal view is that it was in the Pontic Caspian in the Ukraine - a long way away from the civilisers in Mesopotamia. And yet, there is evidence obtainable from an analysis of proto-Indo-European language that the civilisers came into contact with these early Indo-Europeans.
It is now a well-established idea that the Indo-European tribes (Celts/ Romans/ Greeks/ etc) once all lived together. What linguists have worked out is that Indo-Europeans last lived together over 5,000 years ago – a timeframe that relates to the Bronze Age civilisers. How this was discovered was through the realisation in the C19th that Indian Sanskritt, although written in a different alphabet, has the same language roots as other European languages like French or Latin or Greek.
Etymology reveals what kind of environment they knew; what kind of dwellings they had; what skills they had; and to a limited extent, what they thought. And, in my opinion, certain concepts that relate to the UR-civilisation archetype have been embedded in the language for more than 5,000 years – 2,500 years BEFORE they lived in cities.
Contact with civilisers is implied in that the Indo-Europeans knew about bronze and about copper but not about tin which suggests that they did not know how to make bronze but got bronze from elsewhere. They also picked up from the civilisers over 5,000 years ago, practical farming skills and benefitted from the Secondary Products Revolution. They knew about stock-breeding (‘sheep’ and ‘cattle’ can be reconstructed to proto-Indo-European, and herding, as can the secondary products ‘butter’ and ‘cheese’).