Unique Neolithic sculpture found at Czech site
Archaeologists in the east Moravian town of Přerov have discovered a unique statuette which they believe dates back to the early Neolithic period. The richly ornamented torso has been hidden under ground for over seven thousand years ago.
According to the head of the archaeological research at the site Zdeněk Schenk, the statuette must be at least seven thousand years old, since it was found on the site of an early Neolithic settlement:
Archaeologists are not quite sure what the statue was used for but they do agree that in the context of the Czech Republic, the finding is unique due its size and richness of ornamentation. Anthropomorphic sculptures were discovered in the Czech Republic in the past, but they were always just tiny fragments. Schenk once again:
According to Mr Schenk, it is hard to estimate the value of his findings in terms of money, but he says its historic value is priceless. Speaking for himself, Mr Schenk says that the recent discovery was definitely one of the highlights of his long career in archaeology.
After undergoing further examinations, the Lipník idol will be eventually displayed at the Comenius Museum in Přerov.