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"Me and a friend were walking on the river bank with nets, when suddenly it got stuck with something," he said. "I found the object, freed the net and was about to throw it back in the water - but at the last second I looked at it more closely," he told The Siberian Times. "And I saw a face. I stopped and washed the thing in the river - and realized it wasn't a stone of an unusual shape, as I thought earlier - but a statuette.
Tarasov's instincts to keep the unusual find were correct, as when he brought it to a local museum, the "experts there quite literally jumped for joy, and quite high!""
"The only things we have dated approximately to the same age are a stone necklace and two charms in the shapes of a bear and a bird," she told The Siberian Times.
Tarasov gave the find to the museum without asking for anything in return, because he believes that it's important for people to learn about the history of their country.