December 6, 2016
Earliest Known Clay Figurines in the Southwest May Be Fertility Symbols
3,000 year old Clay figurines found at two sites in Arizona appear to be fertility symbols. They may be the earliest clay figurines ever found in the Southwest. The artifacts were dated to the Early Agricultural period, 1.800-3,500 years ago in the Sonoran desert. Bone and antler material was found with the figurines at one site. The figurines have prominent sexual traits, looking phallic and also some with breasts. They may be dualistic.
The research is published in the Journal Kiva.
Western Digs has the report here with photos;
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