In January 1894, researchers surprisingly discovered a huge wooden statue in an old peat bog of Russia. The Shigir Idol, the statue is about 11 meters high and made entirely of larch wood. The sculpture is extremely well preserved and remained virtually intact for thousands of years for the antimicrobial properties found in the peat. It is covered with many markings, some of which are tiny human faces.
In 1997, a team of Russian researchers used radiocarbon dating to estimate the age of the structure and found that it is approximately 9,500 years old. This makes it the oldest wooden sculpture in the world. A recent analysis suggests that the statue is much older than previously thought. By using accelerator mass spectrometry, German researchers have discovered that Shigir Idol is about 1
"Such a large sculpture was well visible to the hunter-gatherer community and could have been important in demonstrating its origins, and it may have been associated with certain myths and gods, but that's hard to prove "Study co-researcher Thomas Terberger, an archaeologist at the Landesanstalt für Denkmalpflege in Lower Saxony, said Live Science.  Shigir Idol, which is normally kept in the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum of Russia, was brought to Germany for further study. Researchers discovered that some of the idol's original pieces are also missing when the idol is about five meters tall. The application of new analytical techniques also led to a new face being discovered on the sculpture, raising the total number of faces carved on the structure to eight, but to date, no one is able to decipher these mysterious faces and characters
Peter Vang Petersen, a Archaeologist at the Danish National Museum in Copenhagen, who was not involved in the study, says: "Figurative art in the paleolithic and naturalistic animals, painted in c Aves and carved in rock all stop at the end of the ice age, from then on you have very stylized patterns that are difficult to interpret, they are still hunters, but they had a different view f the world. "