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Early art in the Urals: new research on the wooden sculpture from Shigir

  • Mikhail Zhilin (a1), Svetlana Savchenko (a2), Svend Hansen (a3), Karl-Uwe Heussner (a3) and Thomas Terberger (a4)...
Abstract

The carved wooden object uncovered from the Shigir peat bog in the Sverdlovsk region towards the end of the nineteenth century remains one of the oldest, known examples of monumental anthropomorphic sculpture from anywhere in the world. Recent application of new analytical techniques has led to the discovery of new imagery on its surface, and has pushed the date of the piece back to the earliest Holocene. The results of these recent analyses are placed here in the context of local and extra-local traditions of comparable prehistoric art. This discussion highlights the unique nature of the find and its significance for appreciating the complex symbolic world of Early Holocene hunter-gatherers.

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