Saturday, July 20, 2013

Found and found

In 1931, archaeologist Gustav Riek (1900-1976) of the University of Tübingen excavated Vogelherd Cave, one of four caves in the Lone Valley of southwestern Germany. He discovered a number of mammoth ivory figurines that date back to the Aurignacian period, some 40,000 years ago. One of these was fragmentary, with the animal's head missing. From 2005 to 2012, archaeologist Nicholas Conard and his colleagues of the University of Tübingen renewed the excavations at Vogelherd and made a number of important finds, including a small carved piece of the prehistoric mammoth ivory. The researchers successfully reattached the newly-discovered head to the broken carving from the dig 75 years earlier, completing the figurine (IMAGE ABOVE) which now can be recognized as a lion.

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