Europe's Earliest Civilization
Archaeologists are uncovering the remains of a relatively advanced civilization located in Europe approximately 2,000 years before the pyramids of Egypt dotted the desert landscape of the Nile river valley. Now considered to be the remains of Europe's oldest civilization, 150 large earth- and wood-built temples were uncovered across central Europe, the largest complex having been discovered in the area of Dresden, Germany. The structures are dated to between 4800 and 4600 B.C. Along with the architectural remains, stone and bone tool and ceramic figurine artifacts were unearthed. The discovery is so recent that scholars have not yet had time to determine a name for the civilization or to identify it with any other European culture of the time period.