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  • These statuettes, which are distributed over a tremendous territory from Italy and France as far east as Siberia, are whimsically referred to as "Venus" figures by archaeologists. Some are carved from mammoth ivory; others are made of clay hardened by fire, the earliest known form of protopottery.

    --Marc J. Swartz and David K. Jordan, 1976, Anthropology: Perspective on Humanity, p. 353

    April 6, 2008