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More Than 300 Clay Figurines Found in Greek Neolithic Village

Monday, January 07, 2013

Image courtesy of University of SouthamptonNEO MONASTIRI, GREECE—More than 300 clay figurines have been uncovered at the Neolithic site of Koutroulou Magoula in central Greece. The figurines represent males and females, and several depict a human-bird creature. “We still have a lot of work to do studying the figurines, but they should be able to give us an enormous amount of information about how Neolithic people interpreted the human body, their own gender, and social identity and experience,” said Yannis Hamilakis, co-director of the project. Most of the objects were found spread throughout the site, but several were found on the foundation walls of the farmers’ homes, which were built of stone and mud bricks.