We have often discussed the difficulty in maintaining the creationist view of the Earth being only a few thousand years old when carbon dating and other techniques show billions of years of existence. A new such conflicting data point has emerged from Russia where a peat bog yielded a wooden idol and is 11,000 years old. What is particularly cool is that this oldest wooden figure contains a code of some ancient language that has yet to be deciphered.
The Shigir Idol is twice as old as the Pyramids and Stonehenge. It was discovered some 125 years ago but was recently found to be much older than previously thought by scientists in Mannheim, Germany using Accelerated Mass Spectrometry.
The intriguing secret code makes the find particularly exciting.
By the way, does the face remind you of a later piece of art?