Thursday, 1 September 2011

The 'Venus of Estepona' makes her appearance

ESTEPONA (Agencies) The team of archaeologists working on the site where the future Estepona hospital is to be located, and a prehistoric burial site, has found a clay piece they believe to be over 5,000 years old, which would place it toward the end of the Nelolithic period. It is five cms in height and represents the female figure, according to the head of the dig team, Ildefonso Navarro. The piece is the only one of its kind to have been found in the province of Málaga. It is thought to be some kind of amulet or fertility/fecundity symbol linked to the spiritual world, given that although it has no features other than those attributed to females. Some further one hundred objects of the same period have been found at this site, inside prehistoric structures resembling wells but believed to be graves, including vessels that have remained practically intact, sculptured arrow heads, polished axes, necklace beads and stone idols, among others. Clay pieces of other periods have also been unearthed, particularly some that have been dated to the 7th and 8th century BC.

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