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James Blake Wiener
published on 01 November 2017

Although known by this name, this object is not actually an "idol," but an orthostate from a dolmen, which has since disappeared. Archaeologists and specialists believe that it originally came from the Dolmen of Mián, which is located in Abamia, (Cangas de Onís Asturias), Spain. It is typical of the megalithic art found inside such structures. The face we see today is the result of several more recent additions, such as the lines that form the nose. (Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid)

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About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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