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Giant Wooden Sculpture Unearthed In 1894 Found To Be Over 11,000 Years Old
Tech Times ^ | 27 April 2018, 7:34 am EDT | By Athena Chan

Posted on 04/27/2018 7:51:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin

In 1894, gold prospectors near the city of Yekaterinburg in Russia unearthed not gold, but wood, and a very special wood at that. Specifically, they unearthed what's now known as the Shigir Idol, a 5-meter (16-foot) carved wooden statue that was marked with recognizable human faces and hands, as well as several intricate markings. The statue was believed to be merely a few thousand years old, and it simply sat on display at a Russian Museum for many years.

In 1990s, researchers conducted a radiocarbon analysis of the statues to finally determine how old it really is, and turned up with a dating of about 9,800 years old. At the time, the results were rather controversial and many scholars rejected the results, stating that hunter-gatherers couldn't possibly have created such a large statue, especially one with intricate carvings and designs.

In 2014, a team of researchers took samples from the sculpture's core and used newer analytical techniques to date the unadulterated samples. Instead of revealing a much earlier date than the previous controversial findings, researchers dated the sculpture to be even older than previously dated at 11,600 years old.

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Researchers of the study have gone back to Shigir in hopes of finding more evidence that could help them understand the creators of the mysterious artifact better. So far, they have found hundreds of bone points and daggers from the same time period, as well as elk antlers with animal faces carved onto them.

(Excerpt) Read more at techtimes.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: archaeology; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; history; russia; shirgiridol; siberia; totempole
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1 posted on 04/27/2018 7:51:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: SunkenCiv

gnip


2 posted on 04/27/2018 7:51:43 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

How can a sculpture be 5,935 years, three and half months older than the earth?


3 posted on 04/27/2018 7:56:01 AM PDT by Blue House Sue
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To: BenLurkin

Termites had been saving this for the end of the world.


4 posted on 04/27/2018 7:57:00 AM PDT by Retvet (Retvete)
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To: Blue House Sue

Created with the appearance of age.


5 posted on 04/27/2018 7:58:23 AM PDT by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: BenLurkin

6 posted on 04/27/2018 7:58:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (Remember all the great work Obama did for the black community?.............. Me neither.)
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To: Retvet

Termite preppers.


7 posted on 04/27/2018 7:59:25 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Give a man a fish and he'll be a Democrat. Teach a man to fish and he'll be a responsible citizen.)
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To: BenLurkin

Just because the wood is that old, doesn’t mean the sculpture is that old.


8 posted on 04/27/2018 8:01:00 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin
At the time, the results were rather controversial and many scholars rejected the results, stating that hunter-gatherers couldn't possibly have created such a large statue, especially one with intricate carvings and designs.

That's odd:

9 posted on 04/27/2018 8:01:19 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (In God We Trust, In Trump We MAGA)
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To: BenLurkin

I find most of that Ancient Aliens show to be silly but i did see one episode that really made me think. They showed what is required by our current technology to move a single stone that weighed some 50 tons or so IIRC to a site from the quarry to a location in LA some 50 miles away. The best we could do with our technology was it cost millions, required thousands of man hours, and took days. One unfinished stone. With the best modern technology.
When you look at those stones in South America that predate the Incas and think about it, as primitive as we would like to consider them they were able to accomplish something our economy would struggle to replicate today.


10 posted on 04/27/2018 8:01:54 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Good point. But nobody would use an old log when there are thousands of new trees standing around.


11 posted on 04/27/2018 8:03:14 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
This sentence gives me a headache.
Instead of revealing a much earlier date than the previous controversial findings, researchers dated the sculpture to be even older than previously dated at 11,600 years old.

12 posted on 04/27/2018 8:04:50 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Lung cancer free since 11/9/07. Colon cancer free since 7/7/15. Obama free since 1/20/17. PTL ~ Þ)
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To: BenLurkin

Of course they wood use an old log. Nothing new.


13 posted on 04/27/2018 8:05:55 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin
perhaps the art of the hunter-gatherers possibly changed to cope with the new, unfamiliar world.

As if those changes all occurred in the course of one generation or three.

14 posted on 04/27/2018 8:06:30 AM PDT by arthurus
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To: Sacajaweau
A breath of common sense
15 posted on 04/27/2018 8:11:58 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney (,uld')
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To: Sacajaweau

Exactly.

The tree may have been very old at the time it was carved....................I could carve a face on a redwood tree that’s over 2000 years old, but that wouldn’t make my carving 2000 years old....................


16 posted on 04/27/2018 8:13:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (Remember all the great work Obama did for the black community?.............. Me neither.)
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To: BykrBayb

Yes I saw that, too.

Dumb sentence structure..................


17 posted on 04/27/2018 8:14:18 AM PDT by Red Badger (Remember all the great work Obama did for the black community?.............. Me neither.)
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To: BenLurkin
Unless of course you have to fell one of those trees with a crude stone ax. Fallen standing dead tree would be much easier.
18 posted on 04/27/2018 8:16:08 AM PDT by 4yearlurker ("There stands mother under the oleanders,open the windows." A dying cowboys last words,1879.)
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To: wastoute

“as primitive as we would like to consider them they were able to accomplish something our economy would struggle to replicate today”

One of the reasons we struggle to replicate it is because we aren’t primitive. We have been using technology like concrete so long (since the Roman era), that we hardly ever have any need to move huge stones. Instead we just make them in place.

The ancients that did move these stones regularly doubtless had a lot of simple tricks we have simply forgotten about because they weren’t needed for anything other than moving huge stones.


19 posted on 04/27/2018 8:20:10 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: 4yearlurker

Well this is interesting question. Perhaps there are FReepers with experience in carving totem poles who can share their insights.


20 posted on 04/27/2018 8:20:32 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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