Skip to comments.Giant Wooden Sculpture Unearthed In 1894 Found To Be Over 11,000 Years Old
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.
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.
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How can a sculpture be 5,935 years, three and half months older than the earth?
Termites had been saving this for the end of the world.
Created with the appearance of age.
Just because the wood is that old, doesn’t mean the sculpture is that old.
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.
Good point. But nobody would use an old log when there are thousands of new trees standing around.
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.
Of course they wood use an old log. Nothing new.
As if those changes all occurred in the course of one generation or three.
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....................
Yes I saw that, too.
Dumb sentence structure..................
“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.
Well this is interesting question. Perhaps there are FReepers with experience in carving totem poles who can share their insights.
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