(ORDO NEWS) — More than 100 km from the ancient city of Xi’an, among dense forests, rise dozens of pyramid-shaped mounds that have been shrouded in mystery for millennia. The world became aware of them when Fred Meyer Schroder, an American merchant, first reported the mystery in 1912.
At that time, he was traveling with a guide in Shaanxi province, where he wrote a detailed description in his diary, noting that he saw one giant pyramid, about 304 meters high and almost twice as long, surrounded by a row of smaller pyramids.
Three decades later, US Air Force pilot James Gaussman was mesmerized by a “pure white” structure seen flying over Asia that he said was twice the size of Egypt’s Great Pyramid.
He said, “The most remarkable thing is the top stone, a huge piece of gem-like material that could have been crystal.
“There was no way we could land, although we really wanted to. We were amazed at its immensity.”
Two years later, Colonel Maurice Sheehan, director of the Far East for Trans World Airline, recounted the same thing.
In the early nineties, the German explorer Hartwig Hausdorff was looking for this huge pyramid, but he could not find it.
Instead, he found “Chinese soldiers diligently patrolling the area.”
Today, Google Earth will show any person with the correct coordinates evidence of the existence of not one, but about 40 known pyramids, but not all of them are easily distinguishable by the human eye.
They are covered with trees and grass, and many of them are already 8,000 years old. The region is essentially the Chinese version of Egypt’s Giza and the Valley of the Kings in one place, especially as there is rumored to be a vast amount of royal wealth beneath the surface that no one has disturbed.
Back in the 17th century, a Roman Jesuit wrote about the pyramids, and in 1785, the French orientalist and sinologist Joseph de Guignes wrote “An Essay in which we prove that the Chinese are an Egyptian colony.”
To this day, Western archaeologists are rarely allowed to explore these sites, and some argue that photographs show the bushes were deliberately planted to keep the secret.
But experts suggest the burial mounds almost certainly contain forgotten emperors and artifacts that would surpass Howard Carter’s 1922 find of Tutankhamun.
In 1974, the world got a glimpse into China’s truly extraordinary history when two farmers were digging near Xi’an and discovered the famous terracotta army of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
There were legends that he was buried in a real mini-town with palaces, wagons, treasures and everything he could need in the afterlife – and through luck or fate, these farmers hit the jackpot. The site is so massive that researchers “are going to dig there for centuries,” archaeologist Christine Romy.
But the emperor himself was never found.
The authorities have opened sites such as the Han Yang Ling Mausoleum to tourists, but no one is allowed to excavate there.
Xi Jinping’s government claims that there is no technology yet to disturb the pyramids without damaging their contents, citing the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Dr Romy previously noted, “It’s very smart what they’re doing. Think of all the information we’ve lost based on the digging methods of the 1930s.”
“There’s so much more information we could learn, but the methods back then weren’t the same as they are now.”
“Even if we think we have excellent archaeological excavation methods now, who knows, maybe a century later, if we open this tomb, they might be even better.”
The strong Chinese culture of “reverence for tradition” may mean that they just want to leave their royalty alone, which means there will be no choice but to watch them disappear back into the ground along with their secrets – until someone decide otherwise.
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