Mysterious wooden statue found in peat bog is ‘twice as old as Stonehenge’ – Asia – World – The Independent

shigiridol-v2A wooden statue pulled from a peat bog in Russia more than a hundred years ago is now believed to be twice as old as Stonehenge. The Shigir Idol, which found in the Ural Mountains in 1890, is thought to be 11,000 years old – making it the oldest wooden sculpture in the world. Depicting a man with mysterious symbols inscribed on him – which scientists believe could be an ancient encrypted code – the statue is 1,500 years older than previously thought. Scientists in Mannheim, Germany, used the most up-to-date carbon dating technology, called Accelerated Mass Spectrometry, to determine…

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Is this the world’s oldest secret code?

The Idol is the oldest wooden statue in the world, estimated as having been constructed approximately 9,500 years ago, and preserved as if in a time capsule in a peat bog on the western fringe of Siberian. Expert Svetlana Savchenko, chief keeper of Shigir Idol, believes that the structure’s faces carry encoded information from ancient man in the Mesolithic era of the Stone Age concerning their understanding of ‘the creation of the world’.

German scientists are now close to a precise dating – within five decades – of the remarkable artifact, which is a stunning example of ancient man’s creativity.

The results are likely to be known in late February or early March, The Siberian Times can reveal.

Now the question is turning among academics to a better understanding of the symbols and pictograms on this majestic larch Idol, one of Russia’s great treasures, which is now on display a special glass sarcophagus at its permanent home, Yekaterinburg History Museum, where…

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