A wooden sculpture pulled out of the marsh in Russia more than a century ago, it is twice as old than Stonehenge, reports Independent.

The sculpture called Šigir idol was discovered on Ural Mountain at the end of the nineteenth century, and scientists now believe that it is 11,000 years old, making it the oldest known wooden figure.

 Scientists at Mannheim, Germany, used the most advanced carbon dating technology called the Accelerated Mass Spectrometry to determine the age of the sculpture.

They found that a man’s sculpture, with mysterious symbols carved on the surface, is 1,500 years older than it was thought to date.

Tomas Terberger, a professor at the Department of Cultural Heritage of Lower Saxony, a team member who studied idols, said the results exceeded their expectations.

 

“This is an extremely important date for the international scientific community. It is important for understanding the development of civilization and art of Eurasia and humanity as a whole.

We can say that at that time, 11,000 years ago, hunters and gatherers from the Ural were not less developed than farmers from the Middle East, “Terberger said.

Sketch of the idol from 1914, drawn by archaeologist Vladimir Tolmachev

A source from the Sverdlovsk Museum of History in Yekaterinburg, where the sculpture is currently exhibited, told the “Siberian Times” that the first attempt to determine the age of the sculpture was in 1997.

The analysis at the time showed that the idol was 9,500 years old.

Scientists believe that complex wood-carved woodcuts represent encrypted information on the “origin of the universe”.

The sculpture was 5.3 meters high, but some parts disappeared during the Soviet era, which is now only 2.8 meters high.

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