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Ancient graffiti of average-sized penis shows Romans were just as immature as us

Phallic representations and amulets were common in ancient Rome, as they were considered to be good luck symbols and heralds of favorable omens (Provider: Municipality of Nueva Carteya)

Archaeologists have uncovered an ‘unusually large’ carving of a penis at a Roman settlement in Spain.

The 18-inch phallic carving has been found on the foundations of a tower building at a Roman site called El Higuerón.

Romans, at it turns out, were pretty fond of penises. They saw them as a symbol of masculine power and often had them depicted on amulets or weapons.

El Higuerón, a municipality of Nueva Carteya in Spain, was occupied by Iberians in the 4th century BC until the Roman conquest of the region around 206 BC.

Andrés Roldán, a researcher at the University of Extremadura and director of the museum leading the excavations, described the penis as ‘unusually large’.

Phallic representations and amulets were common in ancient Rome, as they were considered to be good luck symbols and heralds of favorable omens. Pagan religions associated them with natural fecundity, and the phallic symbols represented the fertility god Fascinus, warding off the ?evil eye.? These phalluses were common in the homes and military camps of the time, but the size of the recently discovered phallus was not at all common. Over 18 inches (0.5 meters) long, the bas-relief phallus was found in El Higuer?n (municipality of Nueva Carteya, Cordoba, southern Spain), carved on a cornerstone of a large building that is currently being excavated. Project director Andr?s Rold?n (University of Extremadura and director of the Historical Museum of Nueva Carteya) said, ?It was common to put them on the facades of houses, and soldiers carried small phallic amulets as symbols of virility. But this one is unusually large. We are currently researching whether one of similar dimensions has been previously found.? But despite the spectacular discovery, the most important aspect of the archaeological excavation is the building upon which the large penis was carved. Professor Andr?s Mar?a Adroher Auroux is leading a group of archaeologists from the University of Granada (Spain) that is part of a larger team of experts from the Historical Museum of Nueva Carteya and the Center for Archaeological Research of Southeastern Spain (Centro de Estudios de Arqueolog?a Bastetana ). Their mission is to excavate and study this ancient Roman structure built over an even older Iberian settlement. Its sturdy, terraced walls once supported a tower-shaped edifice with a still unknown function.

The penis was found at the El Higuerón archaeological site in southern Spain (Provider: Municipality of Nueva Carteya)

He told El País: ‘It was common to put them on the facades of houses, and soldiers carried small phallic amulets as symbols of virility.

‘We are currently researching whether one of similar dimensions has been previously found.’

The first settlements were found at the El Higuerón archaeological site in 1966. It was originally a military site which the Romans overtook and destroyed.

Ceaser’s men then used the foundations to create their own buildings, with the cock-emblazoned tower building among them.

Phallic representations and amulets were common in ancient Rome, as they were considered to be good luck symbols and heralds of favorable omens. Pagan religions associated them with natural fecundity, and the phallic symbols represented the fertility god Fascinus, warding off the ?evil eye.? These phalluses were common in the homes and military camps of the time, but the size of the recently discovered phallus was not at all common. Over 18 inches (0.5 meters) long, the bas-relief phallus was found in El Higuer?n (municipality of Nueva Carteya, Cordoba, southern Spain), carved on a cornerstone of a large building that is currently being excavated. Project director Andr?s Rold?n (University of Extremadura and director of the Historical Museum of Nueva Carteya) said, ?It was common to put them on the facades of houses, and soldiers carried small phallic amulets as symbols of virility. But this one is unusually large. We are currently researching whether one of similar dimensions has been previously found.? But despite the spectacular discovery, the most important aspect of the archaeological excavation is the building upon which the large penis was carved. Professor Andr?s Mar?a Adroher Auroux is leading a group of archaeologists from the University of Granada (Spain) that is part of a larger team of experts from the Historical Museum of Nueva Carteya and the Center for Archaeological Research of Southeastern Spain (Centro de Estudios de Arqueolog?a Bastetana ). Their mission is to excavate and study this ancient Roman structure built over an even older Iberian settlement. Its sturdy, terraced walls once supported a tower-shaped edifice with a still unknown function.

The archaeologists are excavating this ancient Roman structure built over an even older Iberian settlement. Its sturdy, terraced walls once supported a tower-shaped edifice with a still unknown function (Provider: Municipality of Nueva Carteya)

The structure has perimeter walls six feet thick and flooring made of large limestone blocks.

These would have supported the tower while underground storerooms would be used for containing agricultural products and construction materials.


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