An ancient female figurine was discovered by Archaeologists while digging at the Neolithic excavation site of Çatalhöyük along Central Anatolia, Turkey.
The newly-discovered ancient figurine weighs 2.2 pounds (1 kg) and measures 6.7 inches (17 cm), it is carved from a marmoreal, a type of stone.
The statuette, because it’s a bit small for a statue, was dug earlier by a team led by Professor Ian Hodder, an archaeologist from Stanford University. The team is composed of international members, Sci-News
The extraordinary object is told to be “unique due to its intact form and fine craftsmanship,” a statement from Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism
. The archaeologists who found it said that the figurine was most probably used in religious rituals.
The site on Çatalhöyük
where the statuette was discovered is among the best and largest preserved Neolithic dig sites world-wide. It is situated in the southeast of the city of Konya, around 90 miles away from Mount Hasan. The settlement was initiated around 7500 BC being inhabited for more than 2,000 years.