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7 September 2008
Czech archaeologists find unique 7000-year-old statue

Czech archaeologists have uncovered a torso of a unique female statue created about 7,000 years ago near Masovice (Czech Republic), which is the second similar find in this locality. The woman's statue found in the area last summer was given the name 'Hedvika of Masovice,' while 'her sister' is called Johanka, "That is according to the female names in the calendar on the days when the artifacts were found", head of the archaeological research Zdenek Cizmar said.
     Both sculptures, created by people of the Moravian Painted Ceramic culture, probably served as idols, symbolizing life and fertility. The lower part of the half-a-meter tall 'Hedvika' statue is the oldest sculpture of such a large size found in central Europe. The torso of 'Johanka,' measuring 35 centimeters, consists of four fragments of the body that were put together. The legs are missing. "It has a realistically shaped face. Distinctive ears with holes are also interesting features. Hands, chest and lap are very well apparent. Moreover, Johanka was completely white," said Cizmar. He added that the statue was polished with a resin base covered with a white colour finish.
    Masovice is a significant archaeological site where remains of prehistoric settlements as well as a high number of artifacts have been found. Among other rarities from the locality is the 'Masovice rondel,' of which a double circular ditch with a 110 metres in diameter has been preserved. It served as a ritual place and possibly as a calendar.

Sources: Prague Daily Monitor, China View, Mathaba (5 September 2008)

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