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Stone Age erotic art found in Bavaria

The Local · 20 Jul 2011, 18:47

Published: 20 Jul 2011 18:47 GMT+02:00

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Archaeologists working for the Bavarian State Office for Historical Preservation came upon the primitive engravings in a cave near the southern city of Bamberg after decades searching, a spokeswoman for the authority said.

The spokeswoman, Beate Zarges, confirmed a report to appear in the weekly newspaper Die Zeit that the engravings were believed to be around 12,000 years old, which would make them the first Stone Age artwork ever found in Germany.

"They include schematic depictions of women's bodies and unidentifiable symbols, among other things," she said.

The ancient artists appear to have taken their inspiration for the erotic images from rock formations in the caves resembling breasts and penises and then carved the images in the walls of the cave, Zarges said.

Die Zeit quoted geologist and archaeologist Bernhard Haeck, a member of the discovery team, as saying that the five-metre-long (16-foot-long) chamber in

the cave may have been used for fertility rituals.

"It is a place full of magic," he said.

Zarges said the examination of the site was still ongoing and thus closed to the public.

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The world's oldest cave paintings are believed to be the Chauvet Pont d'Arc murals in southern France, the subject of German director Werner Herzog's most recent documentary, "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."

The artwork is thought to be more than 30,000 years old.


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Your comments about this article

19:22 July 20, 2011 by Landmine
What no picture? You show everything else, why be shy....
19:42 July 20, 2011 by harcourt
Does this mean that Bavarians haven't evolved very much in 12,000 yrs !!
23:27 July 20, 2011 by finanzdoktor
@harcourt: Good one. Like a sense of humor.

@Landmine: You are correct. Even if it was a blurred photo, at least it would lend some credible to their hypothesis that "The ancient artists appear to have taken their inspiration for the erotic images from rock formations in the caves resembling breasts and penises and then carved the images in the walls of the cave."
23:32 July 20, 2011 by pepsionice
So what we can say...is that Urgh the stone-cave dude....had a pretty hot gal and wanted the other cave dudes to know that.
13:58 July 21, 2011 by n230099
I think the assumption that these images were associated with 'fertility' is dismissive of the possibility that the artists were homosexual.
21:23 July 23, 2011 by nightynight
lol at n230099.

Even if they were homosexual, fertility wouldn't have got very far without women, would it!

I feel a quote from the Life of Brian coming on.
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