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Phallic stone tools found in Papua New Guinea


6,000-year-old stone tools, shaped like phalluses, have been found on Papua New Guinea’s New Britain Island.

The discovery suggests ancient PNG societies traded decorative objects much earlier than previously thought, according to archaeologists from the Australian Museum Research Institute.

“I was very surprised by the finds because there were five tools all made in the identical phallic shape,” lead researcher Dr Robin Torrence told Australian Geographic. “It seems that male sexuality was among the traits that played a significant role in the ceremonial and spiritual life of these ancient people.”

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Story: Joanna Egan, Australian Geographic | Story: Peter White, Australian Museum

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