23,000 year-old limestone ‘Venus’ figurine dug up in France
A limestone statuette of a shapely woman some 23,000 years old has been discovered in northern France in what archaeologists Thursday described as an “exceptional” find. Archaeologists stumbled on the Paleolithic-era sculpture during a dig in the summer in Amiens, the first such find in half a century.
Carbon-14 dating showed the statue to be 23,000 years old. About 12 cm (4.7") high, it shows a woman with big breasts and buttocks. The head and arms are less detailed.
“The fact that the sculpture is not totally realistic shows the intent was to produce a symbolic image of a woman linked to fecundity,” French archaeologist Clement Paris said.