Ivory sculpture in Germany could be world's oldest

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Ivory sculpture in Germany could be world''s oldest

Post by SamCogar on Thu May 14, 2009 8:51 am

Ivory sculpture in Germany could be world's oldest

BERLIN A 35,000-year-old ivory carving of a busty woman found in a German cave was unveiled Wednesday by archaeologists who believe it is the oldest known sculpture of the human form. The carving found in six fragments in Germany's Hohle Fels cave depicts a woman with a swollen belly, wide-set thighs and large, protruding breasts.

"It's very sexually charged," said University of Tuebingen archaeologist Nicholas Conard, whose team discovered the figure in September.

Carbon dating suggests it was carved at least 35,000 years ago, according to the researchers' findings, which are being published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature.

"It's the oldest known piece of figurative sculpture in the world," said Jill Cook, a curator of Paleolithic and Mesolithic material at the British Museum in London.

The archaeologists agreed the sculpture's age and features invite speculation about its purpose and the preoccupations of the culture that produced it.

Cook suggested it could be symbol of fertility, perhaps even portrayed in the act of giving birth.

Mellars suggested a more basic motivation for the carving: "These people were obsessed with sex."

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/shared-gen/ap/Science/EU_Germany_Oldest_Sculpture.html

Now I agree with Mellars on that point.

It really irks me that the majority of archaeologists are always attributing such finds created by early humans ...... to a religious belief or practice.



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