31 Aug '15, 1am

Haunting Russian statue discovered to be 11,000-years-old

Haunting Russian statue discovered to be 11,000-years-old

Thousands of years before the ancient Egyptians quarried even the first block of granite for the great pyramids, a massive wooden totem nearly 17.5 feet tall fell into a peat bog in the western fringes of Siberia, Russia. There it lay, preserved in a kind of natural time capsule, until it was discovered in 1894. Called the Big Shigir Idol, the mysterious statue has baffled researchers for decades due to the coded hieroglyphics covering its surface. While some have surmised that it may contain stories on the creation of the world by ancient man, others believe it to be nothing more than decoration. One thing we do know for sure: this thing is old - really, really, old. Back in 1997, an initial analysis using radiocarbon dating placed the Shigir Idol's age at roughly 9,500 years. A new analysis this year using seven small wooden samples from the Idol placed inside an acceler...

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