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K. Kris Hirst

Venus Figurine Variations: The Photos

By May 14, 2007

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A couple of months ago I wrote an article on the newly discovered chipped stone versions of Venus figurines
Chipped Stone Female Figurine (style Lalinde/Gönnersdorf) from Wilczyce, Poland.
Chipped Stone Female Figurine (style Lalinde/Gönnersdorf) from Wilczyce, Poland
Romuald Schild, photo credit Dagmara Manka
recovered from a 14,000-16,000 year old archaeological site in Poland called Wilczyce and reported in Antiquity earlier this year. The paper was fascinating: Venus figurines are known to have been carved in a number of different media, including ivory, bone and stone, but this is the first to be identified in a chipped stone format.

The lead scientist of the research, Romuald Schild of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology at the Polish Academy of Sciences, was in the field and unable to talk to me at the time the article came out in Antiquity, but he recently reached me and was kind enough to send along some high resolution photographs of the chipped stone figurines, which I have collected in this photo essay.

Here's some more information about the site and the discoveries, in case you missed it:


May 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm
(1) James Caplan says:

Paleolithic carved stone venus figure
from the region of Chianti, Italy…..
Do you have references?

May 10, 2009 at 10:17 am
(2) Kris Hirst says:

Not right off hand–can you tell me more about the object? Where did you hear about it?

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