21-inch stone penis that may have been used 3000 years ago for sacrificial ceremonies has been discovered in Sweden
- Phallic stone discovered by archaeologist, Gisela Ängeby, near Gothenburg
- Penis statues are not uncommon, but are rarely modeled so closely to the real thing
- Researchers believe that stone could be naturally formed and later refined
- Animal bones on location suggest that location was used for sacrifices to god of fertility
A large stone penis has been discovered by archaeologists in Sweden who believe it may have been used for fertility rituals.
The impressive 21-inch stone was discovered during an excavation in Rollsbo near Gothenburg.
Originally thought to be a Bronze Age Tomb, it is now linked to a fertility cult.
A 21 inch stone penis was discovered during an excavation in Rollsbo near Gothenburg in Sweden. Initially, the team thought it was a Bronze Age tomb, but decided it was used for fertility rituals
Archaeologist Gisela Ängeby said she was shocked when she stumbled over the stone phallus. Phallic stones are not uncommon, but it is rare to find one that is so closely modeled after the real thing
Archaeologist Gisela Ängeby told the local newspaper Gothenburg-Posten: & # 39; It has a clear phallus shape. I thought when I came across that "oh my god, it can't be true."
& # 39; I have shown the photo to colleagues & # 39; s and there is no discussion, it has a very penis-like shape. & # 39;
Gallstones often appear during excavations, but it is rare to find one that is so closely modeled after the real thing that the team leads to their fertility ritual theory.
In addition to the stone phallus, the archaeologists found bones and shaped stones of animals.
No human bones were found, so they abandoned their original theory of a graveyard, but there are indications that animals may have been slaughtered there as part of a fertility ritual.
The researchers believe it was a place of sacrifice from the later part of the Bronze Age, between 1800 and 500 BC.
Gisela said: & # 39; I believe it was used in connection with the erection to make sacrifices, for example in the context of a fertility cult. & # 39;
Remarkably, archaeologists believe that the stone had its shape naturally before it was later refined.
Gisela, in the photo, said she believes the site was used as part of a fertility cult. The team could not find any human bones on the site that destroyed their earlier theory of a graveyard
They did find a number of animal bones, suggesting that the area was used for sacrificial rituals
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