Pyramids were considered the oldest and mysterious to the world until a few decades ago. But since the discovery of Gobekli Tepe, the possibility of finding even much older places and objects has increased.
What if I tell you an object which is more than twice older than pyramids and made of simple wood that contains a mysterious encrypted message for humanity. Would you believe me? It will difficult for you to believe but that artifact exists and it is known as Shigir Idol.
The Shigir Sculpture, or Shigir Idol, is a wooden sculpture made during the Mesolithic period (A period roughly 20,000 to 8,000 before present), shortly after the end of the last Ice Age.
The sculpture was discovered on January 24, 1894, at a depth of 4 m (13 ft) in the peat bog of Shigir on the eastern slope of the Middle Urals, approximately 100 km (62 mi) from Yekaterinburg during the gold mining.
The top face is the three-dimensional face, with a gaping mouth, which is of an Aztec look, but it is only because the part of the nose of the main face was broken. In all, there are seven faces, six of which are one dimensional.
It was extracted in ten parts. Professor D. I. Lobanov combined the main fragments to reconstitute a sculpture 2.8 m (9.2 ft) high. The Idol complete height was 5.3 m (17.4 ft) which another archaeologist Vladimir Tolmachev could achieve by proposing the unused fragments.
The initial radiocarbon dating gave an age of around 9,500 years. In the 1990s, when this first radiocarbon dating was carried out, scholars suggested that the dating was incorrect because earlier it was believed that the hunter-gatherers who inhabited the area 9,500 years ago would have been incapable of crafting and decorating such a massive object.
A later German analysis gave an age of 11,500 years. A decorated antler was found near the Shigir Idol and dated to the same period, giving confidence to the estimated age of 11,500 years.
One intriguing question debated by Russian scientists is how the Idol – as tall as a two-storey house – was kept in a vertical position.
As per Dr. Mikhail Zhilin leading researcher of the Age Archeology Department in Institute of Archaeology ‘Based on the facts, it is clear that it was not dug into the ground, like Totem poles. It was standing on a relatively hard, presumably stone, pedestal, because the lower part got flattened by strong pressure, and this sculpture was quite heavy.
It was definitely standing on some stone base in the open air and there were no supports. It could be leaned against some rock or a tree. ‘You just need to remove several branches from, say, pine or fir tree, to get the suitable space for the idol; a leather strap might have fastened it into place or something alike to rawwhide straps that would not leave any significant traces.
How Was it Made?
First The surface was polished with a fine-grained abrasive, after that the ornament was carved with the three different chisel having different blade width.
The seven faces of the Idol were the “the last to be carved. Some very interesting tools – made of halves of beaver lower jaws – were used to draw the faces.
What Shigir Idol can Depict?
Shigir Idol looks so mysterious because of its shape, size, and the objects that were drawn on it. All these make it one of kind in the world but triggers thousands of questions as well.
Why they created so big objects that have multiple faces and other zigzag-type lines? What these faces represent? What are these zigzag lines trying to hide? So many questions.
After the discovery of Shigir Idol, some started depicting it as a demon or spirit. But what exactly it depicts, nobody is certain as it is one of a kind and no further information is provided.
But one thing which we should not underestimate about the people of that time is that they had appropriate resources and skills with them. So might be they created some object which represents information in an encoded way. This might be very useful if this represents;
A Spiritual Map
If we observe lines surrounding every face on the pole, they are not similar. These lines might be the name of some village/place/person or object.
This whole idol might be the map to reach the lord. The top face might be the face of the lord. Before reaching that stage one must deal with six other people who might help one to increase his/her consciousness so that one can achieve final enlightenment.
In the Vedic culture, it is a normal phenomenon as before reaching/visualizing the supreme lord one must activate his/her six chakras/indriyas.
A Tribe Information Board
On the other hand, it might depict the specific information about the tribe which one needs to understand to get more and specific information about that tribe before entering into the village or area. It might be an information board which normally can be found before entering the modern village.
Oldest Writing Record
Some experts have claimed that the Idol includes primitive writing, which, if true, would be amongst the first on Earth and the oldest writing record but there is no consensus among experts who have studied the Urals statue.
If it is so then how did someone have the mathematical skills to calculate such complex numbers so long ago?
A Time Capsule
It might be the platform for the generations to gather their knowledge for the next generations as there might be no other method for keeping a previous records.
If it is true, then this structure was not made in one go rather it was involved by the time as people noted more and more information. This indicates that there may be other structures like this but might be this structure contains some important information, that’s why it was kept and preserved carefully.
A structure that is twice older than the pyramids and Stonehenge made of woods but still survived more than 11000 years. Modern humans have no knowledge to understand or decode such information.
What it depicts, nobody knows but certainly, the creator had the skills and resources to create such complex structures. Why they wanted to create these kinds of structures. It still remains a mystery but certainly, they had some specific purpose to serve.
One thing certainly can be made out from this is, they were not just hunters or gathers. Perhaps they were the first people who established earlier societies.
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