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    Massive Iron Age Sculpture

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    Yeah, it postdates the Stone Age, let alone the Old Stone Age, but here's something people interested in prehistory will probably want to know about.

    It's a massive human bust unearthed in what's now Turkey. The figure has a spear in one hand and in the other a sheaf of -- sorry about the five-letter word -- wheat.

    Archeologists unearth extraordinary human sculpture in Turkey

    It was deeply buried. Apparently, the Assyrians had come down like a wolf on the fold, taken the city, and evidently having no taste for art had used the statuary as hardcore for a paved area.

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    That's wheat? Looks more like a feather to me. I know there's a lot of room for interpretation in ancient art, but how is that definitively wheat?


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    Not too clear from that photograph at any rate.

    I expect they are right though. I think Iron Age cultures probably had as astute an appreciation of the economic realities of life as the USDA has.

    The speaker in the House of Lords in the "mother of parliaments" still sits on a woolsack. That was originally there to remind his predecessors in Edward III's time where the national wealth came from.

    Woolsack - Glossary page - UK Parliament

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlh View Post
    That's wheat? Looks more like a feather to me. I know there's a lot of room for interpretation in ancient art, but how is that definitively wheat?

    Could be a feather, could be a sago palm frond, could be a lot of things. It doesn't really look like wheat, however to me.

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    Nah, he's got his thumb hooked around his suspenders.

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    Oh that's super cool. Thanks for posting this, I love history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LJH View Post
    Nah, he's got his thumb hooked around his suspenders.
    hehe I think you're right!

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    He also appears to have Graves disease...
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    I guess it could be a feather duster. And, then again, it doesn't look unlike a potted plant. Or an ice-cream cone.

    Come to think of it the "spear" isn't terribly spear-like either.

    This probably explains why the Assyrians buried it. They were disgruntled art critics.

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