Unique 5,000-year-old fig­urine found in potato field in Siberia

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

A unique 5,000-year-old fig­urine with head­dress which has been found in an old potato field in Novosi­birsk has been baf­fling ar­chae­ol­o­gists. It was one of a number of an­cient or­na­ments dis­cov­ered, but as they have no known com­par­isons, it is not clear which or whose cul­ture they be­long to.

The finds were made on a pre­his­toric burial site Turist-2 close to the east bank of the Ob River in Novosi­birsk. The most sen­sa­tional is a fig­urine made of an as yet un­known or­ganic ma­te­rial fea­tur­ing what ap­pears to be a feather head­dress.

Feather head­gear is not fa­mil­iar in ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites in an­cient Siberia - al­though they were in the Mid­dle East per­haps one or two thou­sand years later - and lead­ing ar­chae­ol­o­gist Vy­ach­eslav Molodin has called this and other finds ‘ab­so­lutely unique’.

Head of the ex­pe­di­tion, Dr Natalia Basova, out­lined other un­ex­pected finds. ‘We found a fig­urine of a bird made of bone, and most likely it was sewn onto clothes or was a kind of pen­dant,’ she said.

‘There were four an­thro­po­mor­phic fig­urines, made of mam­moth tusk, sand­stone, birch burl and an un­known or­ganic ma­te­rial, which needs to be checked.

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