Amazon has made a serious listing error! Campbell, listed by Amazon as first author, did not write this book; he only wrote an introduction in the book. The author of the this book is the eminent, late Dr. Marija Gimbutas, who devoted her life and professional research efforts to the archaelology of the Goddess in Old Europe. Please, Amazon People, would you correct this in the listing? Thank you.
Although difficult to get through some sections, I found the pictures and graphics wonderful and the undeniable female influence on our earliest history came through without any sexist or biased undertones. Men as well as women would benefit from reading this book, if not from cover to cover at least the high points and the last two chapters. And any mother of a young woman should consider this book for a special gift to her.
Gimbutas gives a scholarly albeit at times contoversial explication of symbols and iconographic images of all times from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, drawing on her archeological background, her experience of the in her childhood in a very conservative ure--pre-war Lithuania--and on her theories developed through a lifetime of interdisciplinary study. At times certain areas are not covered as deeply as others, yet all her comments are scholarly and well-thought-out.