Before the glory that was Greece and Rome, even before the first cities of Mesopotamia or temples along the Nile, there lived in the Lower Danube Valley and the Balkan foothills people who were ahead of their time in art, technology and long-distance trade. New research, archaeologists and historians say, has broadened understanding of this long overlooked culture, which seemed to have approached the threshold of “civilization” status. Writing had yet to be invented, and so no one knows what the people called themselves. To some scholars, the people and the region are simply Old Europe.
Neolithic culture of Central Europe, in the area of modern-day Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine in the Dniester-Dnieper Region. It may be an Indo-European culture. At the very least, it is Indo-European influenced. The pottery is connected to the Linear Pottery Culture.
Most people have the idea that there were no civilizations to speak of in Europe before the Minoan and Mycenan civilizations in Greece. Yet, as early as 7,000 years ago and countinuing through to about 5,000-4500 years ago, a series of original cultures on the territory of contemporary Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Moldavia have left us some very original art, pottery and even what some consider the earliest writing on the European continent. They were the Hamangia, Gumelnita and Cucuteni cultures, and sometimes they are referred to as the Danubian Civilization.
The Gumelnita Culture (Romanian) – Beginning the fifth millennium, (Chalcolithic or Eneolithic), divided into periods A and B, lasting nearly one millennium. Covered the expanse from the coast of the Black Sea in the east to central Bulgaria in the west, from the Danube Delta in the north to Greek Thrace in the south. Settlements sometimes surrounded by defensive walls. A great variety of ceramics with carvings, copper hammered or cast, gold objects, highly developed art, many animal figures, predominately female human figures and people with ear piercing. Mostly individual burial, bodies often laid on their side. Social differences clear.
The evolution of the “Gumelnita-Karanovo VI-Kodjadermen” gradually comes to completion with the arrival of the Cernavoda I tribes on the Danube, who are considered by a number of researchers as the first proto-Europeans.
It’s an undisputed historical fact that the current day Europeans (sometimes called Indo-Europeans) are all descendants of the Danubian Slavs (sometimes called the Danubian Forest People). Equally, it is an undisputed fact that all European Languages originate from the same common language, the language of the Danubian Slavs.
What is and where is Danubia, where is the birthplace of modern Europeans and of all civilizations? The heart of Danubia is the Danubian basin and the region along the river Danube, which covers today’s Bavaria, Austria, Slovakia, Panonia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Transcarpathia, Moldova. However the distribution of the Danubian Slavs was much wider than this. The Danubian Slavs are the aboriginal Europeans, and up to the Roman times they also inhabited all of Northern Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia.