World's Oldest Porn is Going on a UK Tour

By Tom Pritchard on at

There are few things that have stuck with humanity throughout its entire existence, but making art depicting other humans going at it is definitely one of them. The oldest such depiction (that we know of) is sculpture carved into a "pebble", and it's heading on a tour of the UK.

This is all thanks to the British Museum, which has rounded up all the artefacts that are related to LGBTQ history with the intent of taking them to four lcations around the country for people to look at. Despite what some foolish people may try and make you think, LGBTQ people didn't appear out of nowhere within the last few hundred years, and the tour is going to let people check those artefacts out without making a trip to London.

The pebble in question is actually 11,000 years old, called the 'Ain Sakhri', and is believed to be the oldest depiction of two people having sex. It features two people of ambiguous gender entangled together and sexing things up. It was found in a cave in the Judean desert, and is believed to have been made by a group of hunter-gatherers called the Natufians - a group that were also among the first to domesticate sheep and goats.

The sculpture itself is believed to have been intentionally carved into a phallic-esque shape, and may have been used as a fertility symbol. But that doesn't make it any less pornographic, however tame it may be compared to today's mass-produced corporate porn industry.

The touring exhibition is an expanded version of the Desire, love, identity: Exploring LGBTQ histories exhibition that went on display last year. It'll kick off in September, visiting venues in Oxford, Bolton, Norwich, and Nottingham. In the meantime all the objects due to go on tour will be on display in the British Museum, which has recorded a special audio tour to give people more insight into their history. [Guardian]