"Young Saffron-Gatherer", detail from the "Saffron-Gatherers", wall-painting from Thera, Greece, c.1650 B.C.
Fresco of Landscape with Monkeys, Akrotiri Thera
Ancient Palace Column, Knossos, Crete, Greece
The pre-Indo-European, pre-patriarchal Neolithic cultures of Europe c. 6500-3500 BCE. cultures were settled, agricultural, artistic, peaceful, egalitarian, matrilineal, matrilocal, worshipping the Goddess and celebrating the powers of birth, death, and regeneration in all of life. Crete, at the southern end of Europe, was the last flowering of Old European culture.
Mycenaean hair- Thera fresco
Palacio de Knossos en Creta, Heraklion en Grecia Grecia
Minoan Snake Goddess from Knossos, Crete. c. 1600 BCE