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Stone Age dildo stokes global media interest

Stone Age dildo stokes global media interest

Published: 24 Jul 2010 11:01 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Jul 2010 11:01 GMT+02:00

The object, 10-11 centimetres (4 inches) long and 2 centimetres in diameter, is being interpreted by archaeologists as a phallic plaything.

“First I thought it was just an antler that had been worked on and I was going to take a closer look at it. But when I held it up I wasn’t able to hold back the laughter,” wrote archaeologist Sara Gummesson on a blog maintained by the Swedish National Heritage Board.

The putative sex toy prototype was found at a Stone Age settlement on the banks of Göta Canal near Motala in southern Sweden.

“We do think it’s at least some sort of phallus but I couldn’t say for sure what it was actually used for,” Göran Gruber at the heritage board told Sveriges Radio.

Gruber added that there had been major international interest since pictures were posted online, with CBS, Fox News and the BBC all contacting the board for comments on the phallic find.

The object, believed to be 6,000 to 8,000 years old, was found embedded in a layer of mud and remained in excellent condition.

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12:15 July 24, 2010 by skatty
When everybody else was thinking to pass Stone-age period to agriculture, Swedes were thinking about playing with phallus!
16:54 July 24, 2010 by Argentina84
Dirty-minded archaeologists! LOL
16:59 July 24, 2010 by jimfromcanada
So, where is the picture?
17:06 July 24, 2010 by Swedesmith
Only four 11 centimeters (4 inches) long? Must be from a Norwegian.
18:10 July 24, 2010 by abkncan
picture ----> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38343340/ns/technology_and_science-science/
18:53 July 24, 2010 by GLO
That explains everything!!!! Guys used to go Hunting!Now, Whats the reason????
19:36 July 24, 2010 by ehwhat?
Not all phallic carvings were meant to be used as dildos. The age of the carving is interesting, but that's about it. Numerous cultures, both in antiquity and currently, have phalli as votive objects. Leave it to the popular media to get a grip on the low hanging fruit...
22:50 July 24, 2010 by SarahRF
After checking out the pictures on the external link, I doubt it was used as a dildo. It looks more like a digging tool with a rounded handle so as to provide a better and more comfortable grip.
09:51 July 25, 2010 by Nemesis
I hope whoever had the dildo found it to be very enjoyable.

Stone age people had sex to. Women have needs.
11:21 July 25, 2010 by Suntiger
Is there any particular reason they think it's a dildo rather than a mortar for grinding, a digging tool as ehwhat? suggested or simply a talisman?

Mind you a talisman could be used as an actual dildo too of course.

Oh well. It's nice that the find was so well preserved, it looks good for making other finds that also are very well preserved.
12:46 July 25, 2010 by zircon
Na, na, na, na, elle...
13:42 July 25, 2010 by J Jack
only in Scandinavia ...
14:45 July 25, 2010 by silly t
must it be black...well that makes it more interesting...hahaha
15:10 July 25, 2010 by Rebel
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar"

Freud
15:40 July 25, 2010 by nip41
now we know where they got the saying ... hard like a rock
02:39 July 26, 2010 by Aussie Swede
Gross, they touched it!
07:34 July 26, 2010 by StockholmSam
GIves new meaning to the term, "boner."
08:29 July 26, 2010 by Jafo
LOL too funny. I thought i was perverted. Looks as has been said more of a tool with a raounded part. but i can see where the giggle factor came into it.
16:56 July 26, 2010 by LeoKinmann
perverted archaeologists wanna make themselves some publicity and money! just look at where the world is heading now: you excavate something with a slight phallic shape, then it must be a dildo! at this rate, hundred years later when our descendents excavate our Cuban cigars, they must think Fidel Castro loved to give BJ!
17:13 July 26, 2010 by Argentina84
The archealogists revealed it was a joke. It was some sort of mortar. Check GP website!
20:27 July 26, 2010 by xykat
For the past 20 years Swedes have had a reputation for sex and now its part of a thousand year old history. hehehe

Why do we foreigners come to this country in the first place? We are lured by sexy Swedes!

Maybe it could have been part of a fertility ritual to appease Freja. Who knows.
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