Conduct in a Neolithic Kingdom in Transylvania, 100 words story

Following a timeline of prehistorical discoveries, Conduct in a Neolithic Kingdom is the next 100 words story inspired by the (pre)historical past of Transylvania, this beloved and thought-after province of Romania, my home country.

Conduct in a Neolithic Kingdom

The wool she threaded in a pattern was as white as the swans floating overhead. The new quilt, verincă, will please their Queen. That was enough for her. They’ve known years of peace under Her rule.

A butterfly kissed her cheek and she caught it in her arms, merry. ‘May I deliver the quilt to the Queen, Mama? I’m as tall as the sapling today!’

Her lips agreed, her heart differed.

Then, she knew. By the ice settling in her chest.

She knew it. Before her butterfly failed to return.

Boys go to war; tall girls are sacrificed for peace.

© Patricia Furstenberg

Datig from around 5000 BC - Turdas culture fortress (Transylvania) drawing. Maybe the first kingdom in the history of the world?
Dating from around 5000 BC – the Turdas culture fortress (Transylvania) maybe the first kingdom in the history of the world. (Drawing, Image source Malus Dacus).

The seed of this story.

During 2013 works on a national road unearthed a Neolithic fortress dating from the Turdaș culture, part of Vinča – Turdaș (5700–4500 BC).

The fortress discovered was built near Mureș river (being easy and fast to travel on) and covered no less that 100 hectares. The fortress from Turdaș was built nearly 1 600 years before the first pyramids of Egypt, raised around 2780 B.C. by King Djoser’s architect Imhotep.

You can read more on my blog about the gigantic Neolithic fortress of Turdaș, Hunedoara, Transylvania.

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14 Replies to “Conduct in a Neolithic Kingdom in Transylvania, 100 words story”

  1. Shall I understand that the girl got married against her will? Or was she bricked up in the walls of the fortress like Manole’s Ana?

  2. More like bricked up, Jo.

    Archeological findings near this Neolithic fortress dating from the Turdaș culture tell of human sacrifices performed as rituals so the fortress will thrive and stay protected.

      1. I thought so too. It is the sacrificial site that inspired me to write this little story, more than the grandeur of the fortress, so unusual for its time.

  3. Interesting and sad at the same time, but in ancient times people sacrificed humans on altars – just thinking of the Canaanites who sacrificed their children to the god, Molech, during the time the Israelites took possession of the Promised Land.

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