New paleolithic Venus found in France
Paleolithic Venus was found by archaeologists working at the Amiens-Renancourt. The amazing discovery is dated to the Early Upper Palaeolithic, from the Gravettian period (a phase of the Aurignacian culture), so it’s about 23,000 years old.
This Paleolithic Venus is the fifteenth figurine discovered in this site that was, perhaps, a workshop oriented to this production.
History of archologic work
The prehistoric site of Amiens- Renancourt dates from the Upper Paleolithic and was discovered in 2011. Excavations began in 2014. From then archaeologists have found very well preserved remains, at a depth of 4 meters below ground. 14 figures are dated back to about 23,000 years ( by carbon).
it is attributed to a recent phase of Aurignacian culture that developed in Europe between 43,000 and 15,000 years ago. The Amiens-Renancourt site is today one of the rare testimonies of the presence of modern man (Homo sapiens) at the beginning of the Upper Paleolithic in northern France.
What has been found?
The diversity and abundance of remains illuminates the various activities that were carried out in this hunting camp. Projectile points, knives, scrapers, etc. have appeared. The consumption of horse meat is attested by a large number of bone remains.
Some jewelry sets are also present, including some original perforated stone washers. In the middle of the ice age, this camp of Hungarian hunters would have been busy for a few weeks, at the end of the summer season, in autumn.
This year’s campaign culminated in the discovery of an exceptional sculpture that crowns a remarkable series of 15 Gravettian statuettes, the first of which was discovered in 2014. Sculpted in stone, 4 centimeters high, this Venus is steatopygia that is, large buttocks, thighs and breasts.
The arms are simply outlined, the face represented without features. This sculpture fits perfectly into an aesthetic canon, the Gravettian stylistic tradition, which includes the Venus de Lespugue (Haute-Garonne), Willendorf (Austria) or the bas-relief of Laussel (Dordogne). This Venus of Renancourt also has an amazing hairstyle, made of fine grid-shaped incisions, reminiscent of the Venus of Brassempouy.
This isn’t a first big arechological discovery, that have been lately made. Jus few weeks ago scientist found new geoglyphs in Peru. Reed about it here.