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Archaeolgists with too much time on their hands - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
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Archaeolgists with too much time on their hands
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for moron this breaking story, goto:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4713323.stm
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dcseain From: dcseain Date: July 25th, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It may well be an actual phallic representation. I doubt it'd've been used as was implied in the article, even if that were the case. I think it could equaly've been a flint knapper, and the shape co-incidental.
fixx From: fixx Date: July 26th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
It may well be an actual phallic representation

Actually I was being sarcastic when I suggested it wasn't. It just seems so common to have such things that it seems silly for modern archaelogists to give it any more significance than all the other cultures that have phalluses used as charms of fertility in currently existing cultures.

I doubt it'd've been used as was implied in the article, even if that were the case

Based on what? All that we know about life 30k years ago. As I was saying before there are lots of cultures with life size or even larger sized phalluses supposedly used in the home only as charms of fertility and saying that, and realizing how incredibly common it is for "girls of all ages" to make use of their hairbrushes, shampoo and deodorant bottles, not to mention battery operated dildos while masturbating that it seems in incredibly difficult to imagine that these fertility charms don't occasionally get... "misused".

That said, it seems equally difficult to imagine that the stone worker who made this, who for all we know may have been female... or gay for that matter, didn't one day present this this his SO and say, "Hey honey! Look what I made in shop!" But I suppose even then it may have gone the way of so many "gag gifts" that end up standing in a corner gathering dust.
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