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The Shigir Idol: totem, warning, map? — April 29, 2018

The Shigir Idol: totem, warning, map?

Shigir-idolAt 5.3m tall and 11,500 years old, the Shigir Idol is at once the tallest and oldest wooden statue in the world, twice as old as the Great Pyramids.

The dating has just been confirmed by peer-review, so this is a good time to highlight this extraordinary find, which was preserved in a peat bog in the Urals until its discovery in 1894. The best general story about it comes from the (excellent) Siberian Times in 2014, which I reproduce below, before indulging in a little Mythic Russia speculation:

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