Skip to comments.35,000-Year -Old Mammoth Sculpture Found In Germany
Posted on 06/20/2007 3:48:04 PM PDT by blam
35,000-Year-Old Mammoth Sculpture Found in Germany
In southwestern Germany, an American archaeologist and his German colleagues have found the oldest mammoth-ivory carving known to modern science. And even at 35,000 years old, it's still intact.
The 35,000-year-old mammoth figurine was revealed on Wednesday. REUTERS
Archaeologists at the University of Tübingen have recovered the first entirely intact woolly mammoth figurine from the Swabian Jura, a 220-meter long plateau in the state of Baden-Württemberg, thought to have been made by the first modern humans some 35,000 years ago. It is believed to be the oldest ivory carving ever found. "You can be sure," Tübingen archaeologist Nicholas J. Conard told SPIEGEL ONLINE, "that there has been art in Swabia for over 35,000 years."
In total, five mammoth-ivory figurines from the Ice Age were newly discovered at the site of the Vogelherd Cave in southwestern Germany, a site known to contain primitive artefacts since it was excavated in 1931 by the Tübingen archaeologist Gustav Reik. Over 7,000 sacks of sediment later, archaeologists were again invigorated by the discoveries.
Among the new finds are well-preserved remains of a lion figurine, fragments of a mammoth figurine and two as-yet-unidentified representations. These, the University of Tübingen Web site explains, "count among the oldest and most impressive examples of figurative artworks from the Ice Age."
Conard said that "the excitement and thrill were immense." He and his colleagues Michael Lingnau and Maria Malina in the Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology reported their findings in the journal Archäologische Ausgrabungen in Baden-Württemberg.
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Regardless, the Last Glacial Maximum (18-23,000 years ago) drove them all into the southern refuges.
35,000 years in the future they will be digging up all kinds of relics in the country that used to be the USA that depict elephants. They will determine there was a mass extinction in 2008!
Not so fast, this comes from the land that brought you the “Hitler Diaries”.
Here's the sculpture being interviewed.
It’s a toss-up between a mammoth carving, or something my dog excreted yesterday.
That's what I was thinking... only they will dig up a sculpture of a unicorn - from some 12 year old girl's bedroom - and determine that such beasts inhabited the region...
As you allude to the lack of precision in the articles references, I am wondering about the "first modern humans some 85,000 years ago" who were just recently found to be making beads out of shells. Since the big question is yet, "When did modern behaviors such as speech and representational art first emerge and what was the relationship of the various Ice Age advances and retreats to human behavior?" This does represent an important find, however. Thanks for posting!
We went years without mammoth stories—now we get one or two a week. Why? How? I finally figured it out.
You two are doing this deliberately to drive me mad, aren’t you?
Well, it won’t work. I’ve got a new tin-foil outfit, form fitting from head to toe. (I sort of look like John Kerry in that famous pic.)
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LOL! You sir are a true sadist; my hat’s off to you! ;)
Who is in charge of the Mammoth ping list, anyway?
That can’t be legit. The earth is only 5000 year old....
You mean we've broken things down that far?
Are there seperate lists for Columbian & Wooly, too? If so, which list has claim to the island pigmies ?
Just more lies based on unproven scientific theories from us evos.
We humans were birthed by the last glacial period.
Big brains, language, cultural interlocks, and other survival traits are the stuff of ice.
In this there can be no debate.