Skip to comments.Third 5,000-year-old figurine found at Orkney dig
Posted on 08/31/2012 6:15:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
A third 5,000-year-old hand-carved figurine has been discovered during excavations on Orkney.
Archaeologists had previously unearthed two ancient figurines in 2009 and 2010 at the dig at Links of Noltland in Westray.
All three will go on display at the Westray Heritage Centre.
Alasdair McVicar, chair of the Westray Heritage Trust, said: "The discovery of these figurines has really put Westray and the heritage centre on the map."
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "There was understandable excitement when the first figurine, believed to be the earliest artistic representation of the human form ever found in the UK, was found in 2009.
"To now be able to say that two more examples have been uncovered is unprecedented."
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from that pic it is not very obvious that it’s a “human figurine”
I saw a program a few weeks ago, that they have a dig going in Turkey that they figure is way over 14 thousand years old.
They have no idea at all who and what.
Gobleki Tepe ~ http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/gobekli-tepe.html ~ good way to start reading about the ANTEDELUVIAN WORLD. BTW, the art there is vastly superior to this supposed human form ~ which I take to be the face/head of an Arctic Owl. Not all our kin with forward looking eyeballs are peeps ~ they are all predators however.
looks like a child’s 1st snowman
Moderators! Moderators! SunkenCiv is posting pictures of naked guy statues again! Well, maybe it’s a naked woman....I can’t tell.....but I’m sure whatever it is, it’s naked! Make him duck walk for it!
OK..My Bad, I thought they had said over 14 thousand.
Then, it must have been the underwater thingy by Japan I mistook that for. Anyway, they had to figure out how long ago the water level was below that one to even begin to determine how old it was..or one of those...cant remember now.
Over 400 carved stone balls have been discovered throughout Scotland. Those illustrated below came from Skara Brae and are estimated to be some 4,000 years old:
“The answer is: Carved Stone Balls.”
“What is under a Scotsman’s kilt, Alex?”
“Why are Scotsmen always mad, Alex?”
There's an initial melt starting at the peak of the great ice sheets which is 20,000 years back. That beach lasted about 8,000 years. Then, there's a level typical of 14,000 years back when most of the Great Asian and North American sheets had melted. Then there's another level at 12,000 when there was a loss of a combination of high mountain glacial fields, residual but otherwise quite thin ice sheets ~ maybe only a few hundred meters high, and run off from Antarctica.
Then, there's the Younger Dryas. Something happened to cause the freeze to resume in the Northern hemisphere and in a short period the ice age started up ~ but without as much accumulation of ice. The dates for that are from 14,500 and 12,200 years BP for about 1300 years ~ ending just about when the Temple structure in Turkey started.
Even then the ocean continued to rise until 8,500 years ago ~ and has risen little since that time ~
Whatever our ancient distant ancestors were doing usually took place in prime land filled with wild game and great numbers of nutritious plants. That territory is mostly along rivers and stretches off into the delta lands where the water flow slows down and provides year round water to the plants.
As the ocean rose it covered those lands. At the same time there was suddenly far less alluvial soil and no doubt human beings suffered from the loss of food of the most preferred types.
Over the last 8500 years we have succeeded in moving up off the riverbanks into the foothills and even the mountains. That's why there are so terribly many of us around these days.
It’s Helen of Thomas.
Yes, it very easily could be an australopithecine.
5000 years from now, some archeologist is going to unearth a garden gnome and think we idolized Bill Maher.
I got in trouble because I wrote “ass” and here you are throwing around astrolabe.....Austria.......austro.....never mind.
What, we don’t? ;’)
from that pic it is not very obvious that its a human figurine
My thought was “owl”.
I would like to see a picture of one of the machine carved figurines from 5000 years ago.
I thought it looked like an owl too!
Figurine? This is a figurine: