A mysterious sculpture, which was discovered in Russia more than a century ago, has now been identified as the oldest wooden structure ever unearth.
Called the Shigir Idol, the statue was originally thought to be 9,500 years old, but new tests have added another 1,500 years to its age, as per a report by The Siberian Times.
It means that the 11,000-year-old idol is now by far the earliest known wooden object ever discovered and archaeologists have no hope of cracking the strange symbol language engraved on it.
With these new revelations, the Shigir Idol's origin has gone way back into the Mesolithic period, somewhere around 9,000 BC. In terms of geological epoch, it hails from the Holocene, which is the period when man became the dominant specie on the Earth for the first time.
While the enigmatic Pyramids and Stonehenge have long mesmerized us with their antiquity and complex codes, the Shigir Idol beats them in both aspects.
Not only is it twice as old as the aforementioned two but its encrypted codes are almost indecipherable.
"The ornament is covered with nothing but encrypted information," said Professor Mikhail Zhilin of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Archeology. "People were passing on knowledge with the help of the Idol."
Experts believe that that the language on the Shigir Idol may be based on a belief system a la Bible's Genesis.