From the Ice Age to the Modern Age & the Origins of Cities
We have told ourselves the story that cities arose out of a farming experiment.
I go back more than 10,000 years and re-interpret the established archaeological evidence in order to challenge this conventional belief and propose a different explanation of what happened 7,000 years ago, based on the shamanic role of the priests.
Questions of Identity & why the Celts did not build Stonehenge
We are all a bit confused about identity: where is the homeland and who dispossessed who?
In this talk I will focus on the origins of the Indo-Europeans more than 5,000 years ago, using genetic data and other analytical tools; and explore the interactions over the millennia between Celts, megaliths and civilisation.
Lucy Wyatt and family live on an unspoilt farm by the east coast of England. The farm was derelict but had 600 year-old oak trees, woods, hedgerows and old buildings. It was a chance to explore living in harmony with Nature. The Wyatts restored it using mostly eco-materials and now share this special place with many animals (horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, dogs, cats). The experiment includes the collection of rainwater for animal drinking; a 3-pond sewage system with Steiner-inspired flowforms; and a processor that uses Oil Seed Rape for high grade bio-fuel in farm machinery and a large electricity generator.
Apart from a grandfather who gave Lucy her love of horses, her family were not farmers. She grew up in the University town of Cambridge where her father was an architect (now in his 80s, he drew the illustrations in her book). Lucy, however, studied International Relations and Italian at Sussex University, aiming to work in Europe but instead ended up in London at Conran Group, and followed that with editing a magazine for a City of London stockbroker firm where she met her husband. They moved to the countryside after their first daughter was born. As well as researching the ancient past, Lucy is also interested in Earth energies and now leads local Gatekeeper Trust pilgrimages on equinoxes and solstices.
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