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Archaeologists discovered a unique woman figurine in Silesia
PAP - Science and Scholarship in Poland ^ | August 28, 2013 | szz/ tot/ mrt/

Posted on 08/31/2013 7:03:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

"This find is a sensation in the archaeological world, because so far only a few and small fragments of human figurines from this period have been discovered" - told PAP Jacek Pierzak from the Silesian Regional Office for the Protection of Monuments.

The object was discovered during the survey of the planned flood reservoir Dolna Odra, conducted by the Archaeological Rescue Research Team at the Centre for Prehistoric and Medieval Studies of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology PAS in Poznań.

The figurine was dubbed "Venus of Racibórz" because it is similar to other finds of this type known from Paleolithic sites. It has clearly shown legs, wide hips, breasts, and three nodules at the top, the central of which is a schematic representation of the head, while the outer two are interpreted as hands raised in a gesture of oration. Figurine from Racibórz, however, is made of different material, than Venus - it is made of clay, while Venus was sculpted in stone. Discoverer of the "Venus of Racibórz" is Marek Anioła, archaeologist who conducts work at the site.

"Female figurines are associated with the worship of fertility and the mother goddess, they are also considered by some scientists to be evidence of the importance of women in the Neolithic period" - said the coordinator of the archaeological work Dr. Przemysław Bobrowski.

It's not only interesting archaeological discovery made during the work in the Racibórz area. The study includes 15 archaeological sites from different periods. They are part of a larger project conducted by the Consortium of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, the University of Wroclaw and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, at the request of the Regional Water Management Authority in Gliwice.

(Excerpt) Read more at naukawpolsce.pap.pl ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; paleolithic; poland; silesia
Unique on the Polish scale clay figurine from the Neolithic period (fourth millennium BC) depicting a stylised woman figure has been found during the excavations in Racibórz. Photo by Piotr Szejnoga

Photo by Piotr Szejnoga

1 posted on 08/31/2013 7:03:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 08/31/2013 7:04:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

She was quite the looker!


3 posted on 08/31/2013 7:06:33 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: BigCinBigD

Yeah, cute li’l gal. Not much in the upper body department, though...


4 posted on 08/31/2013 7:10:13 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." - Groucho Marx)
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To: SunkenCiv

Can also be used to repair divots or as a ball marker.


5 posted on 08/31/2013 7:11:25 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: SunkenCiv

Is that Bart Simpson’s hairstyle?


6 posted on 08/31/2013 7:14:15 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“The black goat with a thousand ewes!”
It looks like something from H.P. Lovecraft.


7 posted on 08/31/2013 7:15:01 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: SunkenCiv

I swear it says made in china on the left figurine ....


8 posted on 08/31/2013 7:15:17 PM PDT by JZoback
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To: JZoback

youre implying the poles have never reached this level of sophistication


9 posted on 08/31/2013 7:23:32 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m no expert in these sort of thing, but if I had to guess what it was, a women figurine is pretty low on my list. I would guess it is some sort of tool used for yarn or twine for making clothing.


10 posted on 08/31/2013 7:27:39 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like a badly rusted beer bottle opener.


11 posted on 08/31/2013 7:27:45 PM PDT by AKinAK
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To: SunkenCiv

This could literally have been anything


12 posted on 08/31/2013 7:28:39 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SunkenCiv
Circulate it slowly and it'll drive ya crazy!


13 posted on 08/31/2013 7:32:58 PM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: SunkenCiv

She has thigh gap!! The girls will be sooo jealous.


14 posted on 08/31/2013 7:33:57 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (I wish I lived in Texas.)
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To: SunkenCiv; Lazmataz

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but...

Laz — would you?


15 posted on 08/31/2013 7:34:09 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: SunkenCiv

16 posted on 08/31/2013 7:43:36 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Daffynition

While I admit to still loving that hypnotizing twirl... I feel I must point out that it is severely off-balance. Just a twopence-bit.


17 posted on 08/31/2013 7:55:06 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: SunkenCiv
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

No.

18 posted on 08/31/2013 8:04:43 PM PDT by TChad
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m thinking it’s much more utilitarian, like a rope tensioner or some such thing.


19 posted on 08/31/2013 8:12:50 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: fella
Well she didn't put any tension in my rope..but whatever floats your boat
20 posted on 08/31/2013 8:17:53 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: SunkenCiv

She’s a real corker
A native New Yorker
A pair of big hips
Like two battleships


21 posted on 08/31/2013 8:40:10 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: JZoback

My son, when he was 5, could have been a Michelangelo back then, if that was art..


22 posted on 08/31/2013 8:49:26 PM PDT by carlo3b (Speechless in Sugar Land)
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To: SunkenCiv

And Mrs. Frederickson wanted to give me an F in 7th grade art class. I made a better nakie woman sculpture than that. They put it on display for Parent Night. Mom screamed and hit me with it. Dad asked Mrs. Frederickson if she was the model for it. I had to go to a different school after that.


23 posted on 08/31/2013 8:53:59 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Well? Was Mrs. Frederickson the model?


24 posted on 08/31/2013 8:56:29 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

For a battleship.


25 posted on 08/31/2013 9:02:36 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: fella
I’m thinking it’s much more utilitarian, like a rope tensioner or some such thing.

Yah. I agree. Seems we always have to think that things like this were some kind of primitive fertility goddess, or some building was a temple to some unknown god, or some other such rot. I like the rope tensioner... I think if we could go back and watch we'd be blown away by some of the technological prowess off our ancestors. That... And some of those buildings were somewhat more pedestrian than always being temples. To wit: Stonehenge. Actually... A tavern. Pyramids. Built with cranes and levers. Atlantis. Almost certainly a real place. Not like the movies, but real.

26 posted on 08/31/2013 9:15:11 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: AKinAK
Looks like a badly rusted beer bottle opener.

That's exactly what I thought of. A bottle opener. There's just something wrong with these archaeologists that seem to see female figures in every abstract form they find.

27 posted on 08/31/2013 9:18:51 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: SunkenCiv
The figurine was dubbed "Venus of Racibórz" because it is similar to other finds of this type known from Paleolithic sites. It has clearly shown legs, wide hips, breasts, and three nodules at the top, the central of which is a schematic representation of the head, while the outer two are interpreted as hands raised in a gesture of oration.

They see women in this.

Can you say "Rorschach test"?

I think that their determination of what those figures is tells us more about THEM, than it does about what the figures are .

Women? I'd consider that a stretch.....

28 posted on 09/01/2013 1:20:05 AM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: AKinAK

That’s what I thought.


29 posted on 09/01/2013 1:20:38 AM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Ramius

They need to think a little bit more out of the box.

I guess that’s what *higher education* does to you.


30 posted on 09/01/2013 1:23:00 AM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: SunkenCiv
It has clearly shown legs, wide hips, breasts, and three nodules at the top, the central of which is a schematic representation of the head, while the outer two are interpreted as hands raised in a gesture of oration.

Only a tenured professor could make up stuff like that. /facepalm

31 posted on 09/01/2013 1:34:10 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: SunkenCiv

32 posted on 09/01/2013 2:17:26 AM PDT by machman
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To: SunkenCiv
"Female figurines are associated with the worship of fertility and the mother goddess, they are also considered by some scientists to be evidence of the importance of women in the Neolithic period" - said the coordinator of the archaeological work Dr. Przemysław Bobrowski.

Translation: We weren't there, so we don't really know what this thing is or what it was used for. Nonetheless, Dr. Przemyslaw Bobrowski gets an A for having correctly spelled his name.

33 posted on 09/01/2013 3:31:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick (One drink away from telling everyone what I really think.)
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To: SunkenCiv
A stone age version of this. fp little people photo: FP Vintage Little People IMG_1701.jpg
34 posted on 09/01/2013 7:37:13 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: SunkenCiv

While I have no special knowledge in this discipline, I have to say that the archaeologist who decided that this represents the female form is just crazy. It looks to me like some sort of tool.


35 posted on 09/02/2013 2:51:33 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Morgana

A stone age version of this.

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But the Playschool people have heads. This thing does not even resemble a human in any way, IMO.

Your photo reminds me of a memory from when my children were growing up. I had 4 boys who were very close in age and played together a lot. When #1 and #2 were about ages 4 and 2 respectively, they played rather frequently with a Playschool vehicle that had some figures.

One day, I heard Son #2 complaining to his older brother about always getting stuck with the girl figure. This girl had yellow plastic hair in pig tails and adorned with bows. Some days later, while cleaning up, I found said girl, who had been, I must assume, miraculously turned into a male figure. Her pig tails had clearly been bitten off, making her one of the guys and, therefore, acceptable for role playing.


36 posted on 09/02/2013 3:02:06 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Bigg Red

my daughter received a Barbie at age three. she had not seen anything like it (we were a homeschooling family , no tv and monitored the outside influences.) She looked at it and turned it round and round and finally put its feet in her ears, she thought it was a version of my stethoscope (she had asthma).


37 posted on 09/02/2013 3:05:03 PM PDT by Chickensoup (...We didn't love freedom enough...)
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To: Chickensoup

Too funny.

(I hate Barbie — and all other toys intended to turn girls away from wanting to be mothers.)


38 posted on 09/02/2013 3:52:32 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Bigg Red

(I hate Barbie — and all other toys intended to turn girls away from wanting to be mothers.)

_______________________

me too. Well that daughter is getting married and I expect she will be a mom someday.


39 posted on 09/02/2013 3:58:32 PM PDT by Chickensoup (...We didn't love freedom enough...)
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To: Chickensoup

Well, best wishes for all for a wonderful wedding and a blessed marriage.


40 posted on 09/02/2013 4:18:24 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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