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2 November 2008
Ancient stone with phallic motif found in Denmark

A young couple walking along Horsens Fjord (Denmark) in August this year made a sensational discovery – a 5-7,000 year old stone with a carved motif. The 13x10x4 cm limestone shows a man with an erect phallus and two fishes. Archaeologists at Horsens museum were taken aback, and immediately passed the stone on the National Museum of Denmark to determine whether the motif was indeed from the Stone Age or simply a later work of art using an ancient style. "But now we're sure. We believe the stone to be from the Ertebølle Culture between 5,400 and 3,900 BCE. It's the sort of discovery that is only made once a decade," says Horsens Museum Archaeologist Per Borup. Apart from its phallic representation, the man in the motif seems to have some form of head dress with animal ears – possibly in the tradition of an Indian shaman.

Source: Politiken.dk (20 October 2008)

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