Archaeologists Uncover 8,000-Year-Old Goddess Figurine in Central Turkey

Earlier this year, a team of archaeologists digging at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, in the Turkish region of Anatolia, made a stunning find. The figurine, carved out of limestone dating to between 6300 and 6000 B.C., stands out not only for the material and quality—artifacts previously discovered at the site had been sculpted of clay, and were seriously deformed by the time they were foun—but also for the craftsmanship. Though such figurines are traditionally associated with goddesses of fertility, the researchers believe it could also represent an elderly, influential…

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