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6 April 2005
World's oldest 'pornographic figure' found in Germany

Archaeologists working on a dig in Saxony, Germany, have uncovered what is believed may be the world's 'oldest representation of a pornographic scene.'
    Dr Harald Stšuble of the Archaeological Institute of Saxony, based in Dresden, found an 8cm figure showing the lower half of a man, which was nicknamed Adonis von Zschernitz. A month later at the dig in Leipzig he found what may be a matching female figurine.
    Dr Stšuble said: "After finding Adonis, we got the team to sieve every speck of soil for a whole month. We were well rewarded because we then found fragments of a female figurine of the same size. Adonis is bent forward and the female figure is bent forward even more."
    "There are two ways of looking at this. The first is that they were doing a ritual dance, but the other possibility is that the man and woman were copulating and that he was standing behind her. The copulation option is far more likely, and would make this the oldest representation ever of a pornographic scene."
    "This is such an interesting discovery as these figurines are not stylistic, but realistic. They open up a gateway for historians and anthropologists to discuss whether sex really was a taboo subject in the stone age."
    Previously, the oldest representation of sexual scenes were found on 2000 year old frescos.

Source: The Guardian (4 April 2005)

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