The Oldest Sculpted Artwork


May 13, 2009

The journal Nature reports this week: “Six fragments of carved ivory recovered from the Hohle Fels in Germany represent the oldest figurative art yet discovered. Dating to at least 35,000 years ago, the Venus has grotesquely exaggerated sexual features and is 5,000 years older than well-known ‘Venuses’ from the Gravettian culture.

Nicholas Conard and colleagues describe in Nature this week how they put the pieces together and realized the importance of their discovery.”

Read the full story in Nature and click here for a podcast discussing the Holle Fels Venus.  Additionally there is a video to watch on this subject.