Oldest wooden statue in the world
A unique sculpture thought to be twice as old as the Egyptian pyramids, was discovered in a peat bog on the site of an open air gold mine near Kirovgrad in 1980.
Made of 159 year old larch, 2.8 meters high and covered with Mesolithic symbols, it was believed to be c.9,500 years old, but lack of funding had prevented proper testing.
Now thanks to a grant from German scientists, samples have been sent to Saxony for analysis.
‘There is no such ancient sculpture in the whole of Europe. Studying this Idol is a dream come true', said Professor Thomas Terberger, of the Department of Cultural Heritage of Lower Saxony.
Mikhail Zhilin, professor of the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said: ‘This is a unique sculpture, like nothing else in the world'.
‘The Shigir Idol is both very lively, and very complex'.
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