The Neolithic Lady of Villers-Carbonnel statuette. Image credit DBossut/Inrap Press
 
Writing in The Independent this morning, John Lichfield reports that -
 
French archaeologists have discovered an extremely rare example of a neolithic “earth mother” figurine on the banks of the river Somme. The 6,000-year-old statuette is 8in high, with imposing buttocks and hips but stubby arms and a cone-like head. Similar figures have been found before in Europe but rarely so far north and seldom in such a complete and well-preserved condition. The “lady of Villers-Carbonnel”, as she has been named, can make two claims to be an “earth mother”. She was fired from local earth or clay and closely resembles figurines with similar, stylised female bodies found around the Mediterranean.
 
Full article here.