The oldest wooden artefacts found

Shigir Idol in the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum

A 12,500 year old wooden installation – probably an idol? – was found in Russia in the 1890s and made the news when more dating work was recently published. While we have some amazing examples of rock art, perishable material rarely survived. In this instance we were lucky – our ancestor’s work was preserved by peat bog. Clearly humans have long had an interest in artistic endeavour.

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