4,500-year-old ivory statuettes discovered in Portugal

4,500-year-old ivory statuettes discovered in Portugal

Near 20 ivory figurines approximately 4,500 years old, have been discovered in an archaeological excavation in the east of Portugal for the first time in the country, according to local archaeologist Antonio Valerio.

This is the first time that pieces of these characteristics appear in Portugal”Commented Valerio, adding that Similar findings have been made previously in southern Spain.

The figurines appear to be funeral objects, as they have been discovered in an area near the archaeological complex of Perdigões, where cremations were carried out between late Neolithic and Bronze Age.

The pieces have been dated in the middle of the third millennium BC, about 4,500 years old.

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