Skip to comments.3000-year-old "pyramid" discovered in NE China
Posted on 08/30/2006 10:57:52 PM PDT by Marius3188
CHANGCHUN, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese archaeologists have discovered a group of ancient tombs shaped like pyramids, dating back at least 3,000 years, in Jiaohe City of northeast China's Jilin Province.
The tombs, covering an area of 500,000 square meters (1,000 meters long and 500 meters wide), were found after water erosion exposed part of a mountain, revealing two of the tombs.
Six smaller tombs had eroded away leaving no indications of their original scale and appearance, but the biggest tomb, located on the south side of the mountain, could clearly be discerned as a pyramid shape with three layers from bottom to top.
The pyramid's square bottom is about 50 meters long and 30 meters wide, about the size of a basketball court, with an oval platform on the top, about 15 meters long and 10 meters wide. The tomb was made of stone and earth dug out from the hill.
A stone coffin, surrounded by four screen boards and covered by a granite top, was placed on the top platform.
The coffin appeared to belong to the king of an early tribe based on the dimensions of the site, according to experts with the Jiaohe Archaeological Research Institute.
The tombs are part of the Xituanshan cultural ruins site, which dates back 3,000 years to China's Bronze Age period. The ruins were excavated in Jilin in 1950.
A lot of ancient hunting and domestic tools, including a stone knife and axe, as well as bronzeware and earthenware, have been unearthed from the stone coffin and other six smaller graves.
The discovery will provide valuable clues on study of ancient funeral customs and the tomb structure and culture of ethnic groups in the area. Enditem
I didn't see this one posted. Looks like it slipped through the cracks.
If they unearth a Stargate, let me know. ;-)
How do you think they get their products to Wal-Mart?... :)
Someone needs a geometry lesson.
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Wow, those are huge. Man, the Alien's had parking lots all over this planet. :)
Here are some images I prepared earlier. All in China.
In N.E. China, there are many tombs of step-pyramid type. They commonly have usually 3 steps.
The three pyramids in the distance on the right don't follow the shape of Orion's belt, do they?
Koguryo tombs around Jian(at mid-stream of Yalu River):
A tomb suspected to be that of first Koguryo king Dong-myong-sung
More royal tombs
The theory behind pyramids is simple: just put the stones in the the position they would be anyway if they collapsed.
The Koreans get mightly upset when the Chinese claim the Koguryo was a Chinese culture.
Square, is it?
This is not much of a pyramid. It's not Great by any stretch.
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