The Mysterious Shigir Idol

Made of 159 year old larch, it is covered with Mesolithic era symbols which are not yet decoded. Picture: Constantin Voutsen

The Shigir idol is truly a unique artifact. There is no such ancient sculpture in the whole of Europe.

The statue is as high as a two-storey house and is covered with Mesolithic era symbols which are not yet decoded. It is twice as old as the Egyptian Pyramids and its purpose remains a mystery.

The pyramid in Crimea that is believed to have been built before the age of the dinosaurs is not the only ancient mystery in Ukraine. The mysterious Shigir idol discovered in January 1890 near Kirovgrad, Ukraine is a remarkable ancient artifact. It was protected down the millennia by a four meter layer of peat bog on the site of an open air gold mine.

Scientists estimate the statue to be 9,500 years old. It is 2.8 meters in height, it appears to have seven faces.

According to Siberian Times “The samples used for testing were cut in 1997. They were extracted in several parts from the peat bog. Professor Dmitry. I. Lobanov combined the main fragments to reconstitute the sculpture 2.80m high but in 1914 the Siberian archaeologist Vladimir Tolmachev proposed a variant of this reconstruction by integrating previously unused fragments. Some of these fragments were later lost, so only Tolmachev’s drawings of them remain.

However, these suggest the original height of the statue was 5.3 meters. Some 1.93 meters of the statue did not survive the 20th century’s revolutions and wars and it is only visible on his drawings. But even the size it is now makes it the highest wooden statue in the world.”

The Shigir idol is currently held in Yekaterinburg History Museum. Unfortunately, lack of funding has until now prevented the proper testing for age of this Urals treasure. The good news is this can change now as a group of German scientists have secured a grant which they hope will provide the Idol’s age to within half a century.

‘The ornaments, which cover the Idol, are the encrypted information of the knowledge which people passed on.’ Pictures: V. Tolmachev, Ura.ru

“There is no such ancient sculpture in the whole of Europe. Studying this Idol is a dream come true”, said Professor Thomas Terberger, of the Department of Cultural Heritage of Lower Saxony.

Uwe Hoysner, from Berlin Archaeological Institute said: “The Idol is carved from larch, which, as we see by the annual rings, was at least 159 years old. The samples we selected contain important information about the isotopes that correspond to the time when the tree grew.”

Mikhail Zhilin, professor of the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said: “This is a unique sculpture, like nowhere else in the world. The Shigir Idol is both very lively, and very complex. The ornaments, which cover the Idol, are the encrypted information of the knowledge which people passed on.”

One question debated by Russian scientists is how the Idol – as high as a two-storey house – was kept in a vertical position?

According to the museum staff the Shigir idol was never dug into the ground to help it stand upright, and that it was unlikely it was ever perched against a tree, because it would have covered more than half of its ornaments.

Another intriguing question that remains unanswered it what the artifact was used for. The museum staff and scientists who have seen the idol believed that it could have been an ancient ‘navigator’, a map. Could this explain why it has seven faces?

Straight lines, wave lines and arrows indicated ways of getting to the destination and the number of days for a journey, with waves meaning water path, straight lines meaning ravines, and arrows meaning hills.

The Shigir idol has never been properly investigated by researchers. Now samples of the artifact are sent to Germany for testing. Perhaps the Shigir idol will finally give up some of its 9,500-year-old secrets.

Source : messagetoeagle.com

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