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Marija Gimbutas

1921 - 1994

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Marija Gimbutas (Lithuanian: Marija Gimbutienė, Lithuanian pronunciation: ​['ɡɪmbutas]; January 23, 1921 – February 2, 1994) was a Lithuanian archaeologist and anthropologist known for her research into the Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures of "Old Europe" and for her Kurgan hypothesis, which located the Proto-Indo-European homeland in the Pontic Steppe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marija Gimbutas has received more than 461,055 page views. Her biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Marija Gimbutas is the 8th most popular archaeologist, the 21st most popular biography from Lithuania (up from 22nd in 2019) and the most popular Lithuanian Archaeologist.

Marija Gimbutas is most famous for her theory that the Indo-Europeans were a matriarchal society.

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Among archaeologists, Marija Gimbutas ranks 8 out of 104Before her are Heinrich Schliemann, Theodor Mommsen, Howard Carter, Arthur Evans, Edward Drinker Cope, and Zahi Hawass. After her are George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, V. Gordon Childe, Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Ciriaco de' Pizzicolli, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, and Oscar Montelius.

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Among people born in 1921, Marija Gimbutas ranks 38Before her are Kenneth Arrow, Patricia Highsmith, Kurt Knispel, Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Lana Turner, and Vasily Smyslov. After her are Georges Brassens, Dirk Bogarde, Akio Morita, Edgar Morin, Herschel Grynszpan, and Arthur Leonard Schawlow. Among people deceased in 1994, Marija Gimbutas ranks 35Before her are Robert Doisneau, Vladimir Ivashko, Gian Maria Volonté, Domenico Modugno, Witold Lutosławski, and Pierre Boulle. After her are Raul Julia, Roger Wolcott Sperry, Paul Delvaux, Juvénal Habyarimana, Fernando Rey, and György Cziffra.

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Among people born in Lithuania, Marija Gimbutas ranks 21 out of 287Before her are Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (1858), Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875), Petr Shelokhonov (1929), Antanas Smetona (1874), Jascha Heifetz (1901), and Barbara Radziwiłł (1520). After her are Vytautas Landsbergis (1932), Nikolai Ostrovsky (1904), Valdas Adamkus (1926), Emilia Plater (1806), Algirdas Brazauskas (1932), and Jan Karol Chodkiewicz (1560).


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