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'At first I thought it was just an antler that had been worked on and I was going to take a closer look at it. But when I held it up I wasn’t able to stop laughing,' wrote Sara Gummesson, who discovered the putative dildo, on the team's blog.
The phallus, which measures about 11cm (just over 4 inches) long and around 2cm (just under an inch) wide, may have been used as a sex aid, the team have speculated - noting that while female sexual imagery is common among Stone Age finds, male fertility symbols are rare.
Swedish Heritage Board archeologist Goran Gruber trod a carefully non-commital dildo line, telling Swedish radio: 'We do think it’s at least some sort of phallus, but I couldn’t say for sure what it was actually used for.'
The phallus measures around 11cm, or just over 4 inches long. But bear in mindthat the people were probably quite a bit smaller than modern humans, so that's probably quite impressive.
And commenting on his Aardvarchaeology blog, Swedish archaeologist Dr. Martin Rundkvist noted that 'there are many non-dildoish uses for which it may have been intended,' but added that 'without doubt anyone alive at the time of its making would have seen the penile similarities just as easily as we do today.'
If it was indeed used as a sex toy, it has strong competition for the title of the world's oldest - with a stone phallus unearthed in Ulm, Germany in 2005 dating back at least 28,000 years.
While scientists from the University of Tubingen who studied the Ulm phallus remain unsure what it was used for - starting fires and sharpening flint tools have been suggested as non-rude uses - its lifelike size has raised the possibility that it was used as a sex aid.
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