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10 Incredible Secrets of Siberia

Posted on December 1, 2016 by konst4


Siberia is huge, it stretches from the eastern slopes of the Ural Mountains to the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Its population density is about three people per square kilometer, it is one of the most sparsely populated places on earth. Nevertheless, it seemed to be a treasure trove for archaeologists. Cool, dry air and permafrost create unique conditions for the preservation of the remains of the deep past.

Despite the fact that it seems inhospitable, Siberia was the cradle of mankind.

Shigir idol

 

In Western Siberia, during excavations at the end of the XIX century, archaeologists discovered the oldest wooden sculpture in the world. Created about 11,000 years ago, the idol is twice as old as the great Egyptian pyramids, and 6,000 years older than Stonehenge. The figure is 2.8 meters high and it has been carved out of the trunk of a 157-year-old larch, which was cut down with stone tools.

The marsh where it was found helped to preserve the idol well. The face of the statue, and the patterns through the body of the idol were also well preserved. Some believe that the small furrows and lines contain encrypted information. It has been suggested that they represent different types of terrain. Perhaps that idol, which once stood at 5.2 meters, was a prototype of a totem.

Amazon that changed her gender

In 1990, archaeologists conducted excavations in the Altai Mountains, and decided that they had discovered the remains of a female warrior. a 2500-year-old teenager with pigtails, who was a part of an elite group of Pazyryk warriors. Buried with shields, battle axes, bows and arrows, the teenager, according to their physical features, was a rider. The ancient Greek writer Hippocrates wrote that among the Scythians there were warriors called Amazons. Many people think that they have finally found the body of one of these mythical women warriors, however, DNA analysis has refuted this idea.

It turned out that “she” – is “he”. At the time of their death, the teenager was about 16 years old. The “Amazon” was buried amid symbols of fertility that were similar to cowrie shells, and amulets. The coffin, wooden pillows and quiver were much smaller than are commonly found in men’s graves. The remains of the nine horses, including four with harnesses, tell us about the high status of the teenager. The cause of death of the warrior with a pigtail is a mystery.

Ancient cancer tumor

Many people believe that cancer is a modern disease. For many years, scientists believed that prehistoric humans who were active and ate natural products, lived without cancer. However, the remains of a man from the Bronze Age, who died because of cancer of their prostate, which was found in 2014 in Siberia, refuted this. The oldest discovered benign tumor is about 6,000 years old, and this tumor, with an age of 4500 years, became the oldest cancer case.

The man was found in a small grave in the Pri Baikalsky region of Siberia. Most of the men found in the burial plot, have hunting equipment and fishing gear. However, the man with cancer is different from them. He was found in a fetal position, and had a carved ivory spoon. This gives us the idea that he lived outside normal society. However, there is a possibility that the posture could be related to a slow and agonizing death, which he suffered as a result of the disease.

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One Response to “10 Incredible Secrets of Siberia”

  1. RB says:

    I just had my mind blown over a piece of wood. lol Seriously when I first saw the carving on the first page I was in awe. Then no surprise to find out what it was and how old it is. I may have to send RT some change over this article. TY RT Cheers from Canada

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