Burned House Syndrome

Burned House Syndrome

Occasionally I stumble across examples of the Mainstream Mindset that leave me wondering whether I should laugh or cry.

In this wonderful example of the Mainstream Mindset it appears that for 4,000 years there was “a widespread and long-lasting tradition” of deliberately burning down entire settlements every 75-80 years in Southeastern and Eastern Europe.

Apparently, this rare psychological affliction Burned House Syndrome was invented when archaeologists encountered the Burned House Horizon.

In the archaeology of Neolithic Europe, the burned house horizon is the geographical extent of the phenomenon of intentionally burned settlements.

This was a widespread and long-lasting tradition in what is now Southeastern and Eastern Europe, lasting from as early as 6,500 BCE (the beginning of the Neolithic) to as late as 2000 BCE (the end of the Chalcolithic and the beginning of the Bronze Age).

A notable representative of this tradition is the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture, which was centered on the burned-house horizon both geographically and temporally.

There is a consensus in the study of Neolithic and Eneolithic Europe that the majority of burned houses were intentionally set alight.

Cucuteni-Trypillian settlements were completely burned every 75–80 years, leaving behind successive layers consisting mostly of large amounts of rubble from the collapsed wattle-and-daub walls.


The deterioration of the Mainstream Mindset is clearly well advanced because in recent years “the consensus has begun to gel around the Domicide theory”.

Although the reasons behind why house burning was practiced are still debated, the evidence seems to support that it occurred in such a way as to indicate it was highly unlikely to have been as a result of accidental cause.

If these regularly occurring burnings, in which the entire settlement is destroyed, were deliberate, then there has still been a debate about why this happened.

However, in recent years, the consensus has begun to gel around the Domicide theory supported by Tringham, Stevanovic and others.


Topocide is the deliberate culling of a place through industrial expansion and change, so that its earlier landscape and character are destroyed.

An alternative term is domicide, the destruction of home; the two may be viewed as synonyms or they may be opposed, with topocide referring to destruction from the point of view of the destroyers (generally outsiders) and domicide from the point of view of the inhabitants.


The Mainstream Mindset has also clearly embraced the Settled Science belief system because “no modern experiment has yet managed to successfully reproduced the conditions that would leave behind the type of evidence that is found”.

Cucuteni-Trypillian settlements were completely burned every 75–80 years, leaving behind successive layers consisting mostly of large amounts of rubble from the collapsed wattle-and-daub walls.

This rubble was mostly ceramic material that had been created as the raw clay used in the daub of the walls became vitrified from the intense heat that would have turned it a bright orange color during the conflagration that destroyed the buildings, much the same way that raw clay objects are turned into ceramic products during the firing process in a kiln.

Moreover, the sheer amount of fired-clay rubble found within every house of a settlement indicates that a fire of enormous intensity would have raged through the entire community to have created the volume of material found.

Recreation of a Cucuteni-Trypillian house burning

Although there have been some attempts to try to replicate the results of these ancient settlement burnings, no modern experiment has yet managed to successfully reproduced the conditions that would leave behind the type of evidence that is found in these burned Neolithic sites, had the structures burned under normal conditions.


The Mainstream Mindset has a glorious history of burning budget [and time] explaining away Burned House Syndrome with an array of hyperbolic hypotheses: Accidental, Weatherproofing, Aggression, Recycling, Fumigation and Demolition.

However, one wonders what else they were burning when they began “to gel around” Domicide.

Symbolic end of house:

Some scholars have theorized that the buildings were burned ritually, regularly and deliberately in order to mark the end of the “life” of the house.

The terms “Domicide” and “Domithanasia” have been coined to refer to this practice.

This theory postulates that members of the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture may have been animistic, believing that inanimate objects, including houses, had souls or spirits, just like humans.

It also possibly indicates that these people believed in reincarnation, in that the “soul” of the old, burned house would be “reborn” into the new, rebuilt structure above it (compare this to the Buddhist concept of Saṃsāra).

Using this theory, objects belonging to the house (including food, containers, and ritual objects) could possibly have been viewed as sharing the same “spirit” as the house structure itself.

In destroying the house, it would then also be necessary to destroy all of the various elements that made up the house, which would explain why these kinds of items have been found buried in the rubble of burned houses.

The physical act of destroying the entire settlement by intentionally burning it to the ground would have required an organized joint-community effort, involving stacking huge amounts of fuel around the walls of the structures, and then torching the entire settlement.


Perhaps, one fine day [or smoky night] these guys might actually think of something plausible.

Halley’s Comet or Comet Halley, officially designated 1P/Halley, is a short-period comet visible from Earth every 75–76 years.

Halley is the only known short-period comet that is clearly visible to the naked eye from Earth, and the only naked-eye comet that might appear twice in a human lifetime.

Halley last appeared in the inner parts of the Solar System in 1986 and will next appear in mid-2061.


Comet Halley

I’m not holding my breath [but I guess they just might be 🙂 ]

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9 Responses to Burned House Syndrome

  1. CW says:

    “As above, so below.” Excellent detective work, Tim. And, nota bene, Halley’s (or a piece of it) is a prime suspect in the catastrophic events of the Heinsohn Horizon. http://news.yahoo.com/why-halley-39-comet-may-linked-famine-1-125422815.html

  2. These houses are assigned to the Neolithic period, which thus raises the need to associated Neolithic with post Roman Era – which suggests this region was whacked by the Comet of Justinian as part of the general Roman Terminating Event (RTE).

  3. CW says:

    What caused the houses to burn down? A rain of flaming meteorites associated with a near passage of Halley’s? Or were the houses deliberately torched by their owners, sacrificed in tribute to the specter of an approaching comet? On one or more occasions in the past, Halley’s may have rained fire on this region, thus establishing itself as an object to be feared, pacified and imitated, a sort of ancient Stockholm syndrome in which victims identify with their assailant.

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  8. ichor0 says:

    I can’t work it out but maybe as in your ‘Stranded Seals’ and ‘Semicircular Europe’ posts there was an inland sea where the ‘Great European Plain’ is now. And somehow it drained a bit each time leaving a stinking, disease-ridden mud flat. Upwind. And they burned their own bubonic-laced houses and went off as refugees for a few months.

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