Archaeologists stunned after unearthing 3,000-year-old penis statue used by cult
Archaeologists have uncovered a huge, veiny 3,000-year-old todger statue, and they believe it was used by a cult in bloody rituals.
Experts accidentally uncovered the find while assessing a construction site in Rollsbo, near Gothenburg, Sweden – initially believing that they had discovered a Bronze Age grave.
But instead, what they had uncovered turned out to be an impressive 21-inch stone penis.
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The girthy phallus is believed to have been used in blood sacrifices to pagan fertility gods.
Researchers have since managed to link the giant todger to a fertility cult, after also finding animal bones, suggesting the area was used for sacrifices.
The lack of any human bones ruled out the theory that the phallus was a unique headstone.
It is believed to date to the Bronze Age, between 1800 and 500 BC.
Archaeologist Gisela Ängeby told local media: “When we excavated the rocks, we saw something that deviated from everything else. It was on the ground but had been raised in the past.
“It has a distinct phallus shape. I thought when I came across it that ‘oh my god it can't be true’.
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“There was a 52cm-long stone shaped like a penis.
“I showed the picture to colleagues and there is no discussion, it has a very penis-like shape.”
According to experts, the stone may have been phallic-shaped naturally – but the design was later reinforced.
“Standing stones in the middle of stone paving are not uncommon. But just the way it is designed is a little special.,
“It is partially weather and then carved. And that’s how the shape has been reinforced.
“I believe that in connection with the erection, it was used to offer sacrifices, for example within the framework of a fertility cult."
"The stone was hidden under a stone packing and originally the archaeologists thought it was a Bronze Age grave," said archaeological consultancy firm The Archaeologists in a press release.
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While it is rare to find one designed to look so realistic, penis-shaped objects are fairly common archaeological discoveries.
A lucky charm shaped as an erect penis and testicles — designed to ward off evil — has been estimated to be dated from 100AD.
It was discovered, completely accidentally, by divers in south-east Spain.
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