Saturday, May 22, 2010

Handy Ice Age Sex Toy Lit Fires

Archeology strikes again!

More information about ancient folks that you never wanted to know.
Well, to be honest, this is exactly the stuff I always want to know about, and it's usually not among the subjects they cover in class.
They've discovered what is likely the world's oldest sex toy to date. And the probable reason it held up long enough to be found is the fact that it's made of stone.
Ouch! I can think of better materials for a sex toy. But they apparently couldn't. And at least it wouldn't leave splinters.

There's a lot to be said for that, yes?


From The Austrian Times:
Scientists believe they have found the world's oldest sex toy after piecing together more than a dozen fragments to create a 30,000 year old ice age penis.
A spokesman for the University of Tubingen where the prehistoric tool is being studied added that when it was not being used as a sex aid - the prehistoric penis was used to light fires.
The eight-inch stone penis has marks where it was clearly used for striking against flints - and scientists say the size and shape and polished appearance leave little doubt as to the other use of the sex toy.
The find which has been dated to be at least 28,000 years old and found in a cave near Ulm in Germany was made from siltstone and was apparently discarded after being broken.
As well as the distinctive form the penis also has carved rings around one polished end leaving little doubt as to its nature...
Read the rest here.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

"The penis is particularly rare because examples of masculinity from the time are rare although female inspired art with exaggerated sexual characteristics such as large breasts are relatively common."

Possibly so, but they apparently knew their rocks. Read on...

From Britannica.com...

Siltstone:

Hardened sedimentary rock that is composed primarily of angular silt-sized particles and that is not laminated or easily split into thin layers. Siltstones, which are hard and durable [italics and bold font my own], occur in thin layers rarely thick enough to be classified as formations. They are intermediate between sandstones and shales but are not as common as either.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Wow - so maybe it was the best material, at least that they had access to back then. They obviously put some thought into the construction of their tools.
It was multi-functional, too - sort of like a primitive swiss army knife. Nice!

10:59 PM  

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