A Hidden History carved in gold
This is it: Hidden History – the 3rd Element of The Quest. The element that closes the circle and the core of Unveil Romania’s concept. This is the backbone for Time Travel Tourism – a new & unique way of travelling and the goal behind your quest!
What’s Hidden History all about? Let me give you an example: Roughly 2000 years ago, the mighty Roman Empire suffered a defeat at the hands of the Dacian Kingdom and was forced into paying tribute. What’s the connection between that event and certain traditions, celebrations or folk costumes of today’s Romanians? Look below and find out more stuff about Romania’s past that’s being reflected in the present day.
Hidden History. So ancient, so complex in its simplicity.
The ability to combine with the first 2 Elements of The Quest (Past & Present locations), ultimately creating a fusion between the 3, turns Hidden History into the most important piece of this trio. Without this unique feature of the 3rd Element, there would be no fusion and therefore no spark to ignite the dance between past and present. A dance so beautiful it causes even time itself to stop and stare in awe.
Yet, how can hidden history influence the other Elements so much? Where does its power come from? An old Romanian proverb says that “the water flows, but the stones remain”…
Powered by its ancestral origins, hidden history keeps traditions locked in time and therefore influences past and present locations, placing them in a different light.
The Geto-Dacians, the ancient inhabitants of today’s Romania, were all bound together by a cultural unity revolving around a common origin – a lineage going back to the Neolithic culture of Cucuteni. At its peak, Dacia was an empire threatening Rome itself and after numerous wars, their golden era faded.
Nevertheless, the cultural unity of its descendants endured and was strengthened, sadly, by a never ending series of Asian invasions during the middle ages. Aside from invaders, those who would later be known as Romanians had to withstand the threat of assimilation or manipulation from various neighboring empires. Some of them, driven by “divide & conquer” principle, made several attempts at wiping the cultural and historical background of the Carpathian lands.
Fortunately, recent archaeological findings backed up by radiocarbon dating have turned things for the better. Below you’ll find lesser known pieces of history which confirm the roots of the Romanians, their admiration for their ancestors’ legacy and also explain their desire to keep alive the old customs in certain areas. Through all of these and during the course of time, the Romanians have constantly brought hidden history back to life, coloring their monuments, villages, festivals and so on.
Nevertheless, these recent findings have generated a lot of debate among historians and, using common sense, we will leave them under the banner of controversy.
What matters is that the following examples have something in common: plain, tangible artifacts and documents dug out and validated by researchers from all around the world.
Prehistoric Romania contains some of the oldest known:
Modern Human remains
400 Human footprints
Schela Cladovei – the oldest permanent settlement in Europe
The Tartaria tablets – presumably the oldest form of writing
Earliest great civilization in Europe: the Neolithic culture of Cucuteni (4800-3000 BC)
Originating from North-Eastern Romania
Contained the largest settlements of the time (15,000 inhab.)
Complex symbolism inscribed on ceramic masterpieces and on intriguing statuettes
Oldest salt works in the world, around 6050 BC
From Cucuteni to the Thracians and to the most famous branch of the latter: the Geto-Dacians
The Thracians branched out from the Cucuteni culture
During their existence, 200 Thracians tribes spread across Europe
Parts of Thracian mythology were adopted by the arriving Achaeans (Greeks) in their early stages of development
The Trojans were Thracians and some of the gold found at Troy came from Apuseni Mountains in today’s Romania
The Geto-Dacians’ Kingdom was based on a highly evolved society and its people were considered to have been “the bravest and fairest of the Thracians” (Herodotus)
Europe’s finest goldsmiths – a history carved in gold
Astrology & Philosophy – legacy of Deceneus and his sundial
The holy mountain Kogaionon & Zamolxis – physician & spiritual father of Dacia
Burebista turned Dacia into an empire and influenced the Roman civil war
Decebal defeated Rome in the first full scale war and forced them to pay tribute
Trajan, emperor of Rome, before his first grand campaign in Dacia: “I return to the land of my ancestors”
This is the story of ancient Romania – one of the few people who up to this day never attempted to conquer other people. This is how it all started. The source of their belief. Their pride and unity carried from ancient times through the middle ages and up to this day. This is their hidden history, kept alive by their love for culture and traditions.
This is the 3rd Element of The Quest and also the song on which past and present dance together, freezing time itself.
This is the backbone of TIME TRAVEL TOURISM – trademark of Unveil Romania.