Originally posted by KandinskyChinese pyramid mounds don''t get a lot of attention.
Well I did all this work back just before I started on ATS in 2006... There was almost nothing available other than a few sites like the German fellow
and the old satellite images...
So I put it on the back burner, went on to other things.
Kicking myself now because had I stayed on it several good reports came out in 2007.
Now Starwarp brought up the mercury river... then asked why archaeologists aren't digging up the place...
Well THIS time I will defend the archaeologists
Out at John's mine the BLM is closing it down to make it a wildlife preserve. But before they will take over they wanted to find out how bad the
contamination was. Before John took over, the old timers of the early 1900's mining as did the Spaniards before them... used CINNABAR to mix with
the gold ore. Cinnabar is an ore of mercury and the gold sticks to the mercury making it easier to extract.
Well they sent inspectors to test the soil in hot spots. The inspectors would not touch the samples, we had to put it in the containers. An here we
are talking small concentrations not pools of liquid mercury
In China that mercury has saturated the soil at the dig site... it is highly toxic to humans... you would need a hazmat suit to dig up that
Found a great paper written in 2007 by 'Ash' I would love to quote the whole thing but this is a must read. I have copied a reprint to my site and
will post the link after I fix it up but it has many references to the mercury and the hazards.
It also covers other aspects that are very intriguing. As we go I will post some relevant clips as I know how everyone LOVES to follow links and read
But on the mercury...
In Records of the Historian: Biography of Qin Shi Huang, Han historian Sima Qian describes a burial chamber containing miniature palaces and
pavilions with flowing rivers and surging oceans of mercury lying beneath a ceiling decorated in jewels depicting the sun, moon and stars.
Indeed the burial chamber was built as a miniature replica of the emperor's expansive empire complete with five holy mountains. History tells us that
all the artisans who worked on the construction of the tomb were murdered in order to protect its secrets. To this day, the burial chamber remains
unexcavated and continues to hold its secrets.
It is believed that Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum once stood almost 330 feet in height although the ravages of time have decreased these dimensions
considerably to just 150 feet. From north to south, the burial mound measures almost 1700 feet and from east to west it has a length of just under
1600 feet.2 These measurements give the tomb a volume exceeding that of the Great Pyramid in Egypt, making it an awe-inspiring sight to behold. Qin
Shi Huang's mausoleum. Still because of Qin Shi Huang's tomb's gently sloping sides now distorted by a dense covering of trees, Maoling Mausoleum
remains the more impressive of the two mounds for anyone searching for true pyramids in China.
And here is that paper... It is in public domain.
The Fabulous 1,000-Foot White Pyramid of Xian
I discovered that, if scientists and investigators could tell me nothing about the White Pyramid, they all at least had heard that it existed. And
I decided that where there is smoke there must be fire, even if the smoke is only the nexus of a resonating cluster of powerful, important,
The Pool of Mercury in the Tomb-Chamber of theEmperor
And so it was that, in seeking to discover the true identity of the White Pyramid, I once more immersed myself in the history of ancient China. I
read again the story of the Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (259-210 B.C.), the man who not only began the Great Wall of China, but standardized his
country’s weights and mea- sures, written language, and currency Shi Huangdi is also the emperor responsible for the army of life-sized terra cotta
warriors- 8,000 of them in all! which were discovered, beginning in 1974, not far from the burial mound of the emperor himself
It is thanks to the Shih Chi (Records of the Grand Historian of China), by the very great Chinese historian Sima Qian (145-86 B.C.), that we can be
fairly certain that the emperor’s grave is located beneath a particular hill 150 feet high and planted with grass and trees. Apparently, the hill is
man-made; according to Sima, a 140-foot-high pyramid complete with five terraces lies beneath it.
In his Shih Chi, Sima Qian-who really was the Grand Histo-rian of China, though at the court of Emperor Wu - states that almost 700,000 workers
labored for 20 years to create the tomb of the Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi. He says the earth was removed down to the ground water level. Then the floor
was poured with molten bronze. A stone sarcophagus was laid on this platform. When the structure was completed, those who knew where the entrance was
were silenced by being entombed alive. To further disguise the entrance, the pyramid was covered with earth and grass to give the impression of a
natural hill-a strategy which is strangely present in the smaller Xian pyramids of today!
The pyramid’s interior, we are told, is astonishingly elaborate. Sima uses the term "artificial universe" to describe the ceiling of the
emperor’s tomb-chamber encrusted with thousands of glittering precious jewels to recreate the constellations of the heavens.
The Grand Historian goes on,
"In the tomb-chamber the hundred water-courses, the Chiang [the Yangtze River] and the Ho [the Yellow River], together with the great sea, were all
imitated by means of flowing mercury, and there were machines which made it flow and circulate. Above [on the roof] the celestial bodies were all
represented; below [presum-ably on the floor or on some kind of table] the geography of the earth was represented."
That is, the emperor’s tomb-chamber was meant to be a living replica of his empire, including both the earth and the heavens. The tomb was
well-protected against grave robbers, with arrays of hundreds of crossbows with mechanical triggers targeted to kill anyone who broke into the tomb.
(Just how effective this system was is somewhat in doubt, since the Huang I encyclopedia, edited by Miu Shih-Teng in 220 A.D., claims that robbers
from Kuantung later broke into the emperor’s tomb and made off with all the mercury)
Recent excavations around the outer perimeter of this burial hill seem to confirm Sima Qian’s statements: Analysis of the sur-rounding earth
revealed an exceptionally high concentration of mercury. Apparently, archaeologists are taking seriously the Great Historian’s description of what
amounts to a ‘high-security’ tomb. They declare, "We are leaving [the tomb-chamber under the hill to the future, so the next generation has
something to work on."
The Secret Society of the White Pyramid
How does the extraordinary story of the tomb-chamber of Shi Huangdi relate to the seemingly mythical White Pyramid of Xian?
I will explain. I believe that researchers have not concentrated sufficiently on one subtly revealing detail in Simas account: his assertion that Qin
Shi Huangdi was to be entombed with his sarcophagus virtually floating in a pool of mercury
Yes, the mercury was used to provide a flowing liquid to make it possible for a vast relief map of circulating great rivers and streams of China to
run forever in the tomb-chamber of the Emperor’s mausoleum. But, for the ancient Chinese, "forever" is a charged word when it comes to mercury We
will recall that we have en-countered mercury before, in the guise of cinnabar, or mercury sulphide-perhaps the most potent of all the substances used
in the vast, ongoing ancient Chinese industry of trying to discover the elixir of deathlessness.
In January,1997, Chinese ethnologists tried to discount this
phenomenon of 120 dwarfish beings living in a single area by
attributing their dwarfism to the high concentration of mercury
in the soil of the region. They insisted the dwarfs must have
absorbed the mercury in their drinking water over many genera-