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A peat bog on the eastern slope of the Middle Urals. Relics from over 10,000 years ago were found preserved in here, including the oldest known large wooden sculpture.


10,000 Years Ago[]

It is not known if the Shigir Idol was still standing or in use at this time (1500 years after its creation). At some point, it would enter the bog and be preserved.

Earlier History[]

The idol was constructed 11,600 years ago from a 159 year old larch tree. It was thought to be carved from hunter gatherers. They may have used four tools to carve it, including a Beaver jaw. This group was contemporary to the ones who build Gobekle Tepe in Turkey. The carving has some similarity to that stone monument and to totem poles in North America.

Later History[]

Modern History[]

The Shigir Idol was discovered in 1894 on the easter slope of the Middle Urals. A diagram of it was made in 1914 showing five human like faces, and is currently used because some parts of the idol are missing. Radio carbon dates in the 1990s dated it at 9,800. In 2018, this was revised to 11,600.


The Shigir Idol was found in a bog now located in Sverdiovsk, near Kirovohrad, Russia. It is displayed at Sverdiovsk Regional Museum of Local Lore in Yekaterinburg.

Shigir Peat Bog Web Pages[]

Shigir Peat Bog In the News[]

Age Revised to 11,000 years; Society as advanced as middle east (Aug 2015)[]

Criminal Case Opened on Damaging Idol (Jul 2015)[]

Europe's origins could be in the Urals (Oct 2015)[]

Carved with Beaver Teeth (Jun 2017)[]

Age Revised to 11,500 years, other artifacts found (Apr 2018)[]

Idol Could Be First Depiction of Evil Spirits (Apr 2018)[]



Шигирский идол оказался ещё старше. Древнейшая в мире деревянная скульптура, найденная на Урале.


Mystery Of The Shigir Idol - World's Oldest Encoded Statue

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