Venus vom Galgenberg#
Venus vom Galgenberg, the oldest figurine of a woman and the oldest stone sculpture ever found, created around 30,000 B.C. Found on September 23, 1988 during the excavation of a habitation of palaeolithic hunters at Galgenberg near Stratzing (Lower Austria), broken into several pieces. 7.2 cm high figurine of a woman weighing 10 g and made of greenish, very shiny amphibolite slate, the upper body is turned to the side, in a dancing position, three-dimensional front, flat back, believed to have had cultic or religious significance. The stone material is from the immediate vicinity of where the figurine was found, and the waste material provides proof that the figurine was made in the same area. Exhibited in the Weinstadt museum in Krems an der Donau.
Literature#C. Neugebauer-Maresch, Zum Neufund einer 30.000 Jahre alten Statuette bei Krems, Niederoesterreich, 1990; idem, Altsteinzeit im Osten Oesterreichs, 1993; idem, Zur altsteinzeitlichen Besiedlungsgeschichte des Galgenberges von Stratzing/Krems-Rehberg, 1993.