11,000-Year-Old Shigir Idol Dated Twice as Old as the Pyramids
German researchers have discovered that a well-preserved, totem-like artifact, known as the Shigir Idol, is nearly 11,000 years old making it more than twice as old as the Egyptian Pyramids. The idol bears similar carvings to those found at the ancient temple ruins of Göbekli Tepe.
The team published its findings in the Cambridge University’s archeological publication Antiquity, calling it the oldest piece of monumental art. Radiocarbon dating originally placed the idol at roughly 9,000 years, though a more accurate technique, known as accelerator mass spectrometry dating, found its true age to be nearly 2,000 years older.
The 16-ft. tall, wooden statue was originally discovered by miners in a bog in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia in the late-1800s. It was preserved by anti-microbial properties of the peat it was found buried in, allowing it to survive since the end of the last ice age, during the Holocene era.
Decorated with human faces and zig-zagged carvings, the idol appears to be held together by a glue-like substance. Mikhail Zhilin, an archeologist involved with the study, said the totem may have been carved by hunter-gatherers to represent local forest spirits or demons.
“They knew how to work wood perfectly,” Zhilin said.
Some experts believe the carvings in the statue may be hieroglyphs containing encrypted information describing the world at the time. A total of eight faces have been identified in addition to the idol’s myriad notches and etchings.
Researchers, including Graham Hancock, stated that the new dating of the idol may fit in with the Younger Dryas hypothesis, positing that a comet or large meteor struck the Earth around 12,900 years ago, creating a 1,200-year mini ice age.
Hancock says he believes this impact wiped out evidence of older, more advanced civilizations that may have existed then, giving us amnesia of an advanced ancestor.
The 11,000-year dating of the Shigir Idol also coincides with the age of Gobekli Tepe, the prehistoric temple ruins in southern Turkey that pushed back archeologists’ commonly held timeline of human civilization. The two parallel each other in that they prove our human ancestors at the time were capable of metaphysical and spiritual thought, contradicting mainstream theories that this sort of cognition didn’t occur until much later.
Thomas Terberger, a professor involved in the study, said, “We can say that in those times, 11,000 years ago, the hunters, fishermen and gatherers of the Urals were no less developed than the farmers of the Middle East.”
Ancient Solar Storm Backs Theory of Lost Civilization's Cataclysm
Scientists studying ice core samples in Greenland found evidence of a massive solar storm stronger than any recorded in modern history, including the devastating coronal mass ejection (CME) of 1859 known as the Carrington Event.
The discovery implies that these types of severe solar events occur more frequently than previously believed and may support Dr. Robert Schoch’s theory of a solar-induced extinction event that wiped out several advanced, ancient civilizations.
Researchers have made some fascinating breakthroughs studying Greenland’s ice sheet lately, including the discovery of two massive, 12,000-year-old asteroid impact craters, which researchers like Graham Hancock point to as the catalyst for the Younger Dryas period – an anachronistic ice age caused by dust and sediment thrown into the atmosphere, which blocked out the sun.
Schoch says he believes the Younger Dryas suddenly ended when a massive solar storm, such as a CME, scorched the planet and led to the rapid melting of ice, causing global flooding and an inhospitable climate– what Schoch has dubbed a Solar-Induced Dark Age, or SIDA. The intense heat and plasma outbursts from the sun caused further extinction of civilizations that survived the ice age, while forcing remaining survivors to retreat below ground.
Schoch says one sees evidence of this in some of the oldest ruins on Earth, including the megalithic statues at Göbekli Tepe and Easter Island, which were not only buried below ground, but also show carvings that Schoch says he believes depict the solar phenomena these ancient people witnessed in the atmosphere.
Underground caves and shelters in the Cappadocia region of Anatolia, Turkey is further evidence for Schoch’s theory, which he says may be the key to our discovery of evidence for famously elusive, antediluvian civilizations such as Atlantis. According to Schoch, low-lying, thick stoned shelters with narrow entries, much like fall-out shelters or bunkers, have been found in these areas further supporting the idea that these people attempted to protect themselves from some aerial catastrophe.
This latest study appears to lend credence to Schoch’s theory, as radioactive atoms beryillium-10, chlorine-36, and carbon-14 caused by extensive radiation from solar protons were discovered in ice core samples, suggesting these types of solar storms happened way more often than once thought, and with much greater intensity.
Both Schoch’s and Hancock’s theories have been labeled “heretical” and “pseudoscientific,” but with more corroborating evidence such as this, their cases continue to strengthen. Meanwhile, the stalwarts of archeology continue to disregard mounting evidence that traditional narratives we’ve long been fed seem to be flawed.
And with this growing body of evidence showing human history may have a significantly older timeline, it’s hard to ignore Hancock’s assertion that when it comes to our own history, we may be “a species with amnesia.”