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An intact clay pig statue after 3,500 years

Poland The exquisitely crafted pig pair with clear body parts is a testament to the craftsmanship of the people of the Bronze Age.

Two pigs are just over 2 cm long. Photo: Ancient Origins.

Archaeologists working in a prehistoric settlement in Poland discovered two statues of tiny pigs. These antiquities may help experts to better understand primitive society in the region in the mid-second millennium BC. The two statues were found in the village of Maszkowice (Małopolska) on the Zyndram mountain in the Carpathia range in southeast Poland. The site of the excavation, surrounded by ramparts, is one of the oldest examples of stone structures in Europe.

The statue is mixed in the ruins of a tent about 6 meters long and dating back thousands of years. The team unearthed two pigs in the clay that used to be the floor. They are only 2.5 cm long, but look very realistic with a protruding chest and snout, according to Dr. Marcin S. Przybyła of the Archaeological Institute of Jagiellonian University, Poland. The sophistication of the item reveals that residents here are skilled craftsmen or used to communicate with communities with this commodity.

The next question is whether a statue simulates a domestic pig or a wild boar. The statues had spine engravings so it could have been wild boar. They are made in different styles and can be created by two people. The statues may have been burned when the tent caught fire. The settlement was inhabited from 1750 to 50 BC. The pig statues show the importance of the animals to the community here. The team is continuing to rebuild the building inside the city walls.

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