Herodotus Returns

Second Neolithic Venus discovered at Orkney
July 26, 2010, 5:59 pm
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An article of mine from Heritage Key:

The Venus of Orkney, a 4,500-year-old Neolithic sandstone figurine hailed as Scotland’s earliest depiction of a human face, has been a darling of British archaeology since it was excavated last year on the remote island of Westray. Now, the Venus, which earned a nomination at the recent British Archaeology Awards, will have to share the limelight – archaeologists at the Links of Noltland site on Westray have uncovered a second remarkable Neolithic figurine, less than 100 feet from where the Venus was discovered.

Read the rest of the Heritage Key article here.

Here’s a photograph I took last year at the archaeology museum in Ankara, Turkey of a fertility figure excavated at the fantastic Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk. This statuette dates back roughly 8,000 years.

And another of a similar ‘Venus’ figurine excavated at Malta. This one goes back 23,000 years.

Hundreds other Venus figures similar to these two have been excavated all over Europe. The pendants found at Orkney are considered to be in the same ‘family’ in form and function.


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