Friday, July 16, 2010

1800-Year-Old Personal Care Set Found

An 1,800-year-old personal care set from the Roman period has been revealed during excavations at Myra-Andriake in Antalya’s district of Demre, daily Radikal reported Wednesay.

A pair of bronze tweezers and a manicure rasp were found at the excavations of the Andriake Port, said the head of the excavations, Professor Nevzat Çevi, an academic from Akdeniz University’s Archeology Department. Indicating that the 1,800-year-old care set was considerably advanced compared to similar ones in the Roman period, Çevik said human’s basic needs were the same even if history and culture change.

“Nevertheless, a counterpart for the special objects has never been discovered at excavations in the region, and thus its existence could not be proven,” he said. “Now, we are aware that the Lycian women of the Roman period 1,800 years ago were living well-groomed by using a pair of tweezers, rasp and mirror. ‘Whether they were caring for the world’ in those days, who knows?” said Çevik.

Meanwhile, Swedish scientists announced that they unearthed an object that “bears the unmistakable look of a penis carved out of antler bone,” LiveScience, a science news website, reported last week.

The dildo-like object is about 4 inches (10.5 cm) long and 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter.

"Your mind and my mind wanders away to make this interpretation about what it looks like – for you and me, it signals this erected-penis-like shape," said archaeologist Göran Gruber of the National Heritage Board in Sweden, who worked on the excavation. "But if that's the way the Stone Age people thought about it, I can't say."

The carved bone was unearthed at a Mesolithic site in Motala, Sweden, that is rich with ancient artifacts from between 4,000 to 6,000 B.C. "It's an organic object, that's why it's special," Gruber told LiveScience.

Perhaps instead of, or in addition to, its sexual purpose, the object may have been used as a tool, such as to chip flakes of flint, Gruber suggested.

Via hurriyetnews

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