A very “unique” 7,000-year-old female figurine was found at a neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in central Anatolia, The Ministry of Culture and Tourism announce last Tuesday.
The figurine is made of marmoreal (marble-like) stone, measuring 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) long and weighing one kilogram (2.2 pounds), is considered unique due to its intact form and fine craftsmanship; it dates back to about 5500-8000 BC, a statement said. The statuette is believed to have been used as part of a ritual.
One of the world’s first urban centers which dates back 9,000 years, Çatalhöyük is included in the 2012 UNESCO World Heritage List.
Researchers form all around the world have visited the site within last 50 years to study its vast landscape of buildings, remarkable ways of life, and its many exquisite works of art and craft.