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Revelations on Shigir Idol 'change our understanding of ancient civilisations'

By Anna Liesowska
28 August 2015

Culture on edge of Siberia was 'as advanced' as in Middle East, then considered to be the apex of development.

Idol 'will get a huge recognition in the world and will show that the centre of cultural development in Eurasia was not only the Middle East but also in the Urals'. Picture: The Siberian Times 

The disclosure this week on the precise fixing of age of the ancient wooden carved statue known as the Shigir Idol is seen as groundbreaking to our understanding of the pre-historic world. 

As first revealed by The Siberian Times, the haunting monument is 11,000 years old, according to leading German scientists. As such, it is more than twice as the age of the Pyramids of Egypt and the Stonehenge monument in the United Kingdom. 

The Idol - found in a peat bog in the Urals - is also 1,500 years older than previously thought by scientists, and the exact fixing of its age destroys theories by sceptics that it was not as ancient as its proponents believed. 

Big Shigir Idol

Press conference on the results of the joint research was held on August 27 in Yekaterinburg. Picture: Alexander Varketin

The new findings are described as highly significant in understanding the cultural development of ancient man. Russian academics believed that foreign colleagues doubted the age of the Idol, but this scepticism is now shown to be misplaced. 

General director of the Sverdlovsk Regional History Museum, Natalia Vetrova, said earlier Russian claims that it was at least 9,500 years old 'were not recognised by the international scientific community. And we wanted to know for sure, and tell the world how old our Idol is'.

Thomas Terberger, a professor at the Department of Cultural Heritage of Lower Saxony, one of those involved in dating the Idol, said: 'The results exceeded our expectations. The age of the Shigir idol is 11,000 years. 

'This is an extremely important data for the international scientific community. It is important for understanding the development of civilisation and the art of Eurasia and humanity as a whole. 

'We can say that in those times, 11,000 years ago, the hunters, fishermen and gatherers of the Urals were no less developed than the farmers of the Middle East.'

Big Shigir Idol, Yekaterinburg History Museum


THE oldest wooden statue in the world


THE oldest wooden statue in the world

'We can say that in those times, 11,000 years ago, the hunters, fishermen and gatherers of the Urals were no less developed than the farmers of the Middle East.' Pictures: The Siberian Times 

He predicted that as a result of the latest tests, the Idol 'will get a huge recognition in the world and will show that the centre of cultural development in Eurasia was not only the Middle East but also in the Urals'.

Russian experts have described the findings as 'sensational'. They show that the Idol - covered in an 'encrypted code' which academics say maybe a coded message from ancient man - is the oldest of its kind in the world. 

During the research it was discovered the Idol had eight faces, one more than previously understood. Only one is three dimensional. The wooden masterpiece was originally dug from the Urals' peat bog in 1890. The bog has preserved it 'like a time capsule'.

THE oldest wooden statue in the world

Professor Mikhail Zhilin, leading researcher of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Archeology, has spoken previously of his 'feeling of awe' when studying the Idol. Picture: The Siberian Times 

The German analysis dates the Idol to the opening of the Holocene epoch. It was made from a freshly-cut 157 year old larch, and stone tools were used for carving the markings and hieroglyphics which several academics say contains a message from ancient man to people living now.

The ancient monument now stands 2.8 metres in height but originally was 5.3 metres tall, as high as a two storey house. In the Soviet era, two metres of the ancient artifact went missing, though drawings were made of it by pre-revolutionary archaeologist Vladimir Tolmachev

Professor Mikhail Zhilin, leading researcher of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Archeology, has spoken previously of his 'feeling of awe' when studying the Idol. 'This is a masterpiece, carrying gigantic emotional value and force,' he said.

THE oldest wooden statue in the world

Previously was understood that the Idol had seven faces, only one is three dimensional. Picture: The Siberian Times 

'It is a unique sculpture, there is nothing else in the world like this. It is very alive, and very complicated at the same time. The ornament is covered with nothing but encrypted information. People were passing on knowledge with the help of the Idol.'

While the messages remain 'an utter mystery to modern man', it was clear that its creators 'lived in total harmony with the world, had advanced intellectual development, and a complicated spiritual world', he said.

Comments (25)

Extremely interesting artwork. It appears to me as if a human figure is bound by rope on the upper torso, and adorned with rope woven furs below. The faces appear to be of animals like the fox, lion and bear. Someone definitely wanted to show off their elaborate clothing style. Perhaps this was a sign posted out front of an ancient trappers dwelling.
Shawn, North Carolina, U.S.A.
01/09/2015 05:50
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Extremely interesting artwork. It appears to me as if a human figure is bound by rope on the upper torso, and adorned with rope woven furs below. The faces appear to be of animals like the fox, lion and bear. Someone definitely wanted to show off their elaborate clothing style. Perhaps this was a sign posted out front of an ancient trappers dwelling.
Shawn, North Carolina, U.S.A.
01/09/2015 05:46
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I have never, ever,read such ridiculous comments as on this page. Please, get a grip.
Kurgan, Russia
01/09/2015 04:09
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A 5 meter tall 8 man tent made from animal hides? Hardly light weight and wouldn't hold heat efficiently. Can't imagine this as a tent pole.
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01/09/2015 02:12
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Appears to me as a tent pole. The head would have protruded as the top of the tent ropes rested on the shoulders.

there appear to be joints that would allow disassembly for easy transport.

May have had military use and the markings are possibly identifications as a tent of that size could accommodate 8 persons.
Herman Bos, Perth/Australia
31/08/2015 20:50
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Thank you for this great article! Perhaps this wooden sculpture was carved by a Clan's elder, the faces possibly representing other, respected elders.
Michele Noe, Wakefield, MA, USA
31/08/2015 20:12
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Wow, this is one of the most sensational, archeological articles I have ever read in a long time. I was surprised to see that the unique face of Shigir Idol, it reminds me of the other many faces of Vinca cultures, that I came across in my research in 2012. I think Vinca is part of ancient Romania, near Danube River. The faces of the Vinca culture show similiar features like the Shigir, such as large head, big almond-shape eyes, inverted tear drop face, long protrudng nose, low pointed chin, almost like the aliens that we have seen in recent reports around the world, especially in ufo-related movie "Communion" (true story, experienced by Whitney Striber). This Sigir idol might represent someone who is a "watcher", or guardian of the human race, since the dawn of ancient man, as in the biblical story of Genesis, regarding to the "men of the olds and reknown". Thank you.
Mike Stepansky, Blue Island, IL
31/08/2015 16:39
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Looking at Tolmachev’s rendering of the Shigir Idol statue (far right rendering with three red circles), it is displaying characteristics of high energy plasma discharges as indicated by the branching “limbs” along the vertical “trunk” line forming chevron patterns. These “branches” when observed in high energy plasma discharges can be rising, lowering or straight across depending on the time track of the discharge.
This pattern is known to as a Columnar stack of Plasma Toroids or characterized as a Pipette, and has similarly been observed in rock art throughout the world.
The additional faces in the idol are also characteristics of high energy plasma discharges which have been documented scientifically from recordings in the laboratory and with computer simulation.
Without scientific data, conclusions remain conjecture.
Paul Campbell, Halton Hills, Canada
31/08/2015 07:49
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My impression is that, noting the 8-faces on the idol, and then noting that it is actually taller...possibly more faced panels...that it could easily have mythology to that of The Deluge, and human survivors...as in Family Clans; similar to that of Native American Totem Poles.
Carig Kessinger, Vista, CA 92083
31/08/2015 07:42
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The face seems to resemble the faces we see on the sculpture found on Easter Island. Thank you for this wonderful article!
Stephan Winter, Boston, MA, USA
29/08/2015 21:13
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