Old­est wooden statue in the world

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

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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