Unique 5,000-year-old figurine found in potato field in Siberia
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.
Remains of the ancient log boat