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  • This Strange, Wooden Idol Is Twice as Old as Egyptian Pyramids

    04/30/2018 7:05:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 28, 2018 | Laura Yan
    Scientists discovered a strange, tall, humanoid wooden figure under four meters of peat in a Russian bog. The figure, dubbed the Shirgir Idol (after the bog where it was found), is more than twice as old as the Egyptian pyramids. Gold miners stumbled upon pieces of the wooden figure in 1894. 100 years later, radiocarbon dating helped researchers trace the sculpture back some 9,900 years, which made it the oldest monumental sculpture in the world. The most recent analysis of the idol, published in Antiquity journal, pegged the figure at about 11,500 years old.