Stunning statue with ‘encrypted codes’ is 11,000 years old, even more ancient than previously believed.
A log statue pulled from a peat bog in Russia more than a hundred years ago is now believed to be the world’s oldest wooden sculpture. The so-called Shigir Idol found in the Ural Mountains in 1890, was thought to be 9,500 years old. New tests suggest it is at least 11,000 years old.
Mysterious wooden statue is ‘twice as old as Stonehenge’ the Independent reported. The 9ft tall sculpture bears a number of indecipherable symbols and inscriptions that scientists believe could represent a message about the origins of the universe.
Experts have surmised that its hieroglyphics contain encoded information on the ‘creation of the world’ from ancient man. It stands 2.8 metres in height but originally was 5.3 metres tall, as high as a two storey house. Almost two metres of the artifact went missing during Russian’s 20th century political turmoil, though Siberian archaeologist Vladimir Tolmachev drew images of all the pieces.
The new dating comes after fragments of the statue were sent to Germany to be analyzed using the most up-to-date carbon dating technology, Accelerated Mass Spectrometry. The results announced last week are sensational. “This is an extremely important date for the international scientific community. It is important for understanding the development of civilization and the art of Eurasia and humanity as a whole,” said professor Thomas Terberger, part of the team that dated the figure.
With newspapers from the Daily Mail to The Independent and Huffington Post panting in excitement at the awe-inspiring discovery, the Russian press has had little to say about it. News reports are rare and mostly limited to local news sources in the Urals and Siberia. Astonishingly, one of the articles claims the foreign media have largely ignored it – and that it is a big story in Russia. Yet a simple Google search reveals at least 75 news articles published in English alone.
The museum where the object is displayed in Yekaterinburg is not making much of a fuss either: the Russian Ministry of Culture is unhappy that the decision to send samples to Germany was made without its blessing.
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