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originally posted by: kobalt7
Why is it so hard to believe that they have detected mercury in the tomb of the first emperor, who also just happened to think drinking mercury would make him immortal. Ancient people viewed mercury as having divine attributes.
Slowly working their way down the broad, dark and deep corridor beneath the pyramid, battling humidity and now obliged to wear protective gear against the dangers of mercury poisoning, Gómez and his team are meticulously exploring the three chambers.
The “large quantities” of the toxic liquid metal leads researchers to believe that an undiscovered ancient ritual chamber or even the tomb of a king could rest below the ruins of the ancient city that sits about 30 miles from Mexico City, reports Reuters.
Philip Ball investigates claims that the burial chamber of China’s first emperor contains rivers of shimmering mercury
‘Mercury was used to fashion the hundred rivers, the Yellow river and the Yangtze river, and the seas in such a way that they flowed’. This idea that the main chamber contains a kind of microcosm of all of China (as it was then recognised) with rivers, lakes and seas of shimmering mercury had long seemed too fantastic for modern historians to grant it credence.
Anomalously high levels of mercury in the area of the tomb mound have been detected, which gives credence to the Sima Qian's account that mercury was used to simulate waterways and the seas in the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. However, some scholars believe that if the underground palace is excavated,
originally posted by: eriktheawful
The only pyramid to ever have claimed to have pools of mercury is the first Chinese Emperor's pyramid.
If you claim that others have said that other pyramids also claimed this, you need to source it. Now.
As for the stories about the Chinese pyramid: that is what they were - stories.
However, during some excavation of the site (which only a very small portion of it has ever been uncovered) has shown very high concentration of mercury in the soil, leading archeologist to believe the stories may be true, or at least have some truth to it.
Now: you have links to other pyramids that you are claiming about? Or was this just a thread that should have been put in the Rant forum?
Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, discovered traces of liquid mercury this year in three chambers under the early-third-century A.D. Feathered Serpent Pyramid in the ancient city of Teotihuacan. Gomez believes the mercury was part of a representation of the geography of the underworld, the mythological realm where the dead reside. The silvery liquid was probably used to depict lakes and rivers.
the liquid metal had no apparent practical purpose for ancient Mesoamericans. But it has been discovered at other sites. Rosemary Joyce, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, said that archaeologists have found mercury at three other sites around Central America.