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Bronze Age statue caught by unsuspecting fisherman

Bronze Age Statue Caught By Unsuspecting Fisherman

When a Russian fisherman set his net in a riverbed, he expected to catch carp, but what he got instead was an ancient golden statue. Nikolay Tarasov, 43, was fishing in southern Russia when he felt his net get caught on a rock. When he pulled up his net, he saw the rock had a face.

Photos courtesy The Siberian Times

Tarasov brought the 12-inch golden figurine to a local museum where he was told it was more than 4,000 years old and likely a statue of a pagan god. Despite being told that it was worth its weight in gold, the humble fisherman gave the Bronze Age relic to the museum at no charge.

"To sell it and make profit? What are you talking about?," he asked The Siberian Times. "People should see it, and learn the history of their region. It was quite clearly precious for the museums of any country."

Not your average catch ... or your average fisherman

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luvs2cook2 May 28 2014 at 10:56 AM

What a remarkable man!! Glad to see there are still "REAL" human being out there!!!

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Mike May 28 2014 at 10:50 AM

An act of a man who understands the value of a piece of history. A man who realises that something like this isn't alway about money. While I agree he should be compensated, maybe a new net, or a notation on the piece explaining who donated it and the circumstances of the find.
In our own greed driven society people immediately start wondering "what's in it for me". Not everyone is like that, and I thank them everyday.

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beasmommom May 28 2014 at 10:57 AM

What an intelligent and humble man.

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Mike May 28 2014 at 11:12 AM

very cool...and not everything is about how much money you can make

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LinkDeVille Mike May 28 2014 at 12:57 PM

Uhhhh...YES IT IS!!!

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evestar05 LinkDeVille May 28 2014 at 2:58 PM

No it's not

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tropicalriderceo May 28 2014 at 11:06 AM

now there is an unsung hero....BRAVA!!!!

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gibby1208 May 28 2014 at 11:57 AM

No one needs to identify their political affiliation in these comments.
Conservatives are baffled and disrespectful of this honorable man, who thought of other people before himself, and did not strive to make a profit from his find.
Liberals applaud the selflessness of this fisherman, and his disregard of the "me first" philosophy of the right.
A sad commentary on a bit less than half of our population.

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daxcess2 May 28 2014 at 11:35 AM

What a wonderful gesture.

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LinkDeVille daxcess2 May 28 2014 at 1:01 PM

Yeah, all of this SOUNDS good, but let's keep it a damn buck people.

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Kate LinkDeVille May 28 2014 at 1:17 PM

Couldn't reply to your other comment, but if you think a 12" gold figurine is going to secure your kid's futures, you don't know much about the price of gold.

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rdj735 May 28 2014 at 1:43 PM

Tried carp once, would rather eat the statue.

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sutt202 rdj735 May 28 2014 at 9:25 PM

We used to catch them for fun and release. They tasted like mud. And then I met the old Japanese-American who had the cabin down the way from ours. He knew how to prepare and cook them. They tasted like fresh water steak.

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dwtomczyk May 28 2014 at 12:27 PM

you can't use money in siberia any how

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shirley May 28 2014 at 10:19 AM

He could of sold it and lent it to the museum for display

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