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Neolithic figurine found in Poland

A clay figurine dating back 7000 years has been found in a village in Poland. While walking in a field in one of the villages of Podkarpacie, an archaeologist from Wielkopolska came across a fragment of a clay figurine from around 7 thousand years ago, depicting a man. This is one

Six 10th century B.C. clay seals unearthed at Khirbet Summeily

Six clay seals have been discovered at the early Iron Age site of Khirbet Summeily in southern Israel. Six official clay seals found by a Mississippi State University archaeological team at a small site in Israel offer evidence that supports the existence of biblical kings David and Solomon. Many modern scholars dismiss

CT scanners used to look inside Mesopotamian clay balls

Archaeologists are employing the use of CT scanners and 3D modellers to look inside Mesopotamian clay balls dating back 5,500 years. The clay balls may represent the world's "very first data storage system," at least the first that scientists know of, said Christopher Woods, a professor at the University of Chicago's

300 clay figurines unearthed in Greece

Archaeologists working in Greece have unearthed over 300 clay figurines at the Neolithic site of Koutroulou Magoula. Koutroulou Magoula was occupied during the Middle Neolithic period (c. 5800 - 5300 BC) by a community of a few hundred people who made architecturally sophisticated houses from stone and mud-bricks. The figurines were

2,000-year-old clay seal unearthed in Jerusalem

A rare clay seal which dates back 2,000 years has been found underneath Jerusalem's Old City. The coin-sized seal found near the Jewish holy site at the Western Wall bears two Aramaic words meaning "pure for God." Archaeologist Ronny Reich of Haifa University said it dates from between the 1st century B.C.

Tiny clay face may have been shaman’s effigy

The discovery of an ancient clay face in Pennsylvania is prompting discussion on who made it and what it was for. The head, which was discovered near Ebbert Spring in Franklin Country, Penn., has shells for eyes and tiny holes across its top and sides that may have been used for

The oldest readable writing in Europe

A clay tablet found in Greece contains the oldest known decipherable text found in Europe. Considered "magical or mysterious" in its time, the writing survives only because a trash heap caught fire some 3,500 years ago, according to researchers. Found in an olive grove in what's now the village of Iklaina, the

Venus figurine found at Scottish site

A second Venus figurine has been found at Orkney in Scotland, at the same site where a 5,000-year-old Venus was found last summer. The Orkney Venus, a 5,000-year-old female carving which was found last summer, was just 4cm tall and composed of sandstone.The new find is the same size and