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4,400-year-old shaman’s ‘snake staff’ discovered in Finland

NB News

By Tom Metcalfe

June 29, 2021

A 4,400-year-old life-size wooden snake unearthed in Finland may have been a staff used in “magical” rituals by a Stone Age shaman, according to a study released Monday.

The lifelike figurine, which was carved from a single piece of wood, is 21 inches long and about an inch thick at its widest, with what seems to be a very snake-like head with its mouth open.