The mysterious stone head from Methana

  • Stone head
    A prehistoric idole or folk art?

    This stone head discovered by Lorenz Hurni & Tobias Schorr in 1996 is a mystery. Today it is located in the archaeological museum of Poros island.

  • Prehistoric stone head
    A mysterious discovery on Methana...

    Is this stone head really an preshistoric item or folk art from 19th century?

Who knows the history of this stone head?

We discovered this stone head in 1996 at the village of Makrylongos and handed it over to the archaeologists. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
We discovered this stone head in 1996 at the village of Makrylongos and handed it over to the archaeologists. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996

In 1996, as part of Methana's cartography project, Lorenz Hurni & Tobias Schorr discovered this stone head in a field near the village of Makrylongos. Its resemblance to the famous, prehistoric Cycladic idols is striking. It reminds a little of the statues of the Easter Island and his primitive style could indicate its old age.

Lichen has settled on the surface of the head carved from local volcanic rock. Do they perhaps indicate old age?

There are rumors that a farmer from the village designed this head and that he was always good at handling the local, hard rock. Or did he find a prehistoric head and then edit it a little further?

Only archaeologists can answer the question of age. To enable them to do research and to protect their heads, I handed it over to archaeologist Eleni Konstolaki-Jiannopoulou. Unfortunately I have not yet received a handover protocol. But the main thing is that it is now safely stored in the archaeological museum in Poros as "19th century folk art" :-)

Photos of the stone head

The stone head and the mountains of Methana. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
The stone head and the mountains of Methana. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
The stone head on a column made of volcanic rock. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
The stone head on a column made of volcanic rock. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
The stone head on a column made of volcanic rock. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
The stone head on a column made of volcanic rock. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
Is the stone head "old" or folk art from the 19th century? (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
Is the stone head "old" or folk art from the 19th century? (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
When the handover to the archaeologist Eleni Konstolaki-Jiannopoulou took place, exact measurements were taken. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
When the handover to the archaeologist Eleni Konstolaki-Jiannopoulou took place, exact measurements were taken. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
When the handover to the archaeologist Eleni Konstolaki-Jiannopoulou took place, exact measurements were taken. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
When the handover to the archaeologist Eleni Konstolaki-Jiannopoulou took place, exact measurements were taken. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
Front view of the stone head. (c) Tobias Schorr
Front view of the stone head. (c) Tobias Schorr
Clear (younger) traces of processing become clear here. (c) Tobias Schorr
Clear (younger) traces of processing become clear here. (c) Tobias Schorr
The head is approx. 50 cm high. (c) Tobias Schorr
The head is approx. 50 cm high. (c) Tobias Schorr
In 1996 I visited the stone head with my friends Stavros Maltezou and Spyros Papaioannou before the find was handed over to the archaeologist. (c) Tobias Schorr
In 1996 I visited the stone head with my friends Stavros Maltezou and Spyros Papaioannou before the find was handed over to the archaeologist. (c) Tobias Schorr
In 1996 I visited the stone head with my friends Stavros Maltezou and Spyros Papaioannou before the find was handed over to the archaeologist. (c) Tobias Schorr
In 1996 I visited the stone head with my friends Stavros Maltezou and Spyros Papaioannou before the find was handed over to the archaeologist. (c) Tobias Schorr
Tobias Schorr next to the find that is exhibited in the museum in Poros. Photo: Karen Blatchford 2006
Tobias Schorr next to the find that is exhibited in the museum in Poros. Photo: Karen Blatchford 2006
Tobias Schorr & the "antique" stone head that supposedly represents "folk art" from the 19th century. Photo A. Triantafyllou 2014
Tobias Schorr & the "antique" stone head that supposedly represents "folk art" from the 19th century. Photo A. Triantafyllou 2014
The stone head reminds a little of the statues of the Easter Island. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
The stone head reminds a little of the statues of the Easter Island. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
The stone head in front of the stone house, near which it was discovered. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
The stone head in front of the stone house, near which it was discovered. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996