> A follow up to this is that the
> Cucuteni–Trypillian are related to the earlier
> Vinca and the contemporary Varna cultures, the
> Danube cultural sphere at large, which also share
> curious similarities with the Mesopotamia Ubaid
> including distinctive proto-writing characters. In
> previous discussion I noted the origin of the
> Ubaid was trending archaeologically towards a
> northern, not southern origin, which if we take
> the 6th-4th millennium at large, what takes shape
> is a very large and complex interconnected
> cultural/trade sphere that seems to have
> originally radiated outward from the coasts of the
> Black Sea largely directed southward.
> Looking at the map above we are presented we an
> even greater situation as during this period what
> we have are two dominant spheres of influence-the
> megalithic builders of the Western Mediterranean
> sphere and the Near East sphere which includes for
> this purpose Eastern Europe:
> Looking at the cultural remains they are much
> different with in many ways the NES being the more
> "advanced", yet the WMS the great megalithic
> builders capable, among other things, of moving
> stones as much as 400 tons 60 miles as early as
> the the 5th millennium. At some point these
> cultures must have met, as explored here:
> Megalithic Strangers Passing in the Night.
> Something is missing....
A particularly interesting Cucuteni–Trypillian mega-site is Nebelivka which around 4,000BC had a population of as much as 15,000-17,000 people including more than 1200 structures. One discovered in 2006 is a massive two story "temple" nearly 200ft long and 70ft wide.
6,000-Year-Old Temple Unearthed in Ukraine
Architectural differentiation on a Trypillia mega-site:preliminary report on the excavationof a mega-structure at Nebelivka, Ukraine
The planning of the earliest European proto-towns: a new geophysical plan of the Trypillia mega-site of Nebelivka, Kirovograd Domain, Ukraine