Very cool discovery about our beloved Venus of Willendorf figure.
Although she was found in Austria along the Danube River (which is how she got her name), researchers knew that she wasn’t originally from there, due to the material she was made out of, oolite, a type of limestone that is not present along the Danube in Austria.
Similar figurines made of different materials show up across Europe and across time.
But it turns out this particular Venus is almost definitely Italian, from the region around Lake Garda, which is about 80 miles east of Milan. And it may have taken years or even centuries for her to make the journey from where she was shaped to where she was found.
Image from the Smithsonian Institution.
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