Marija Gimbutas

Lithuanian-born professor of archaeology at U.C.L.A. and world-renowned prehistorian, with some 16 books to her credit as well as hundreds of articles and reviews. Bachelor's degree from Vilnius University (studied ethnology, folklore and historical linguistics), doctorate at the U. of Tubingen (prehistory and Balkan studies). Immigrating to the U.S. in 1949, settling in Boston, eventually M.G. became a research fellow at the Peabody Museum's American School of Prehistoric Research, where she remained for 15 years; numerous grants supported research that produced her first English language monography: Prehistory of Eastern Europe, Part I; Mesolithic, Neolithic and Copper Age cultures in Russia and the Baltic Area (1956) and in 1965 her monumental Bronze Age Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe (1965). Lecturer at Stanford 1961-1962 and at Harvard 1962-63; she accepted a position at U.C.L.A..in 1964 as Professor of European Archaeology and Indo-European Studies and was also (1965) appointed as Curator of Old World Archaeology for what is now the Fowler Museum of Cultural History. Five excavations in southeast Europe and considerable publishing of books, monographs, excavation reports, articles, and reviews followed in the productive years at U.C.L.A. Gimbutas is known for introducing the culture of “Old Europe” of which the attendant pantheon of divinities and the pan-Europa mother goddess cult.was but a small if significant part of her contributions, but nonetheless it is what caught the imagination of contemporary feminists and made her famous.

Author of biography: Ernestine Elster
Includes bibliography? Yes

Keywords: Grandjouan, Claireve

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Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women Archaeologists
Published by the University of Michigan Press, 2004