Man holding his penis in 10,000-year-old carving is the world's oldest narrative trends now
Ancient carvings featuring five figures, including a man holding his penis, tell a tale of man versus beast in the world's oldest narrative.
A 10,000-year-old stone slab on a wall unearthed in Turkey shows two males and three animals engaging in separate but related 'scenes.'
The etchings depict a story of two men being attacked by animals, with both engaged in some self-defense position against attacks from leopards and bull.
The discovery was made by archaeologists from Istanbul University, who uncovered the menacing tale within the ruins of a Neolithic building found beneath a modern village.
Not only is this the oldest of its kind, but the study notes the carvings 'reflect the complex relationship between humans, the natural world and the animal life that surrounded them during the transition to a sedentary lifestyle.'
The carvings feature two men, one of which is holding his genitals with leopards on each side
Archaeologist Dr Eylem Özdoğan, from Istanbul University, said in a statement: 'These figures, engraved together to depict a narrative, are the first known examples of such a holistic scene.
'This was a picture of the stories that formed the ideology of the people of that period.'
Archaeologists have been working in the Turkish village of Sayburç since 2021, pulling away layers of dirt to reveal ancient Neolithic secrets.
This work uncovered two communal and a set of residential buildings about 230 feet apart.
Archaeologists believe the image shows the man defending himself by protecting his genitals
The leopard's mouths are open, the teeth visible and the long tails are curled towards the body
The excavations revealed the site was inhabited during the Neolithic, in