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Gunung Padang is a pyramid; one of the few pyramids found in south-east Asia. The site was found to have chambers and shafts hidden under the overgrown terraces with walled areas and other structures buried under centuries of natural reclamation. The next step in the excavation was to drill core samples in various locations to try to nail down a more accurate age for the site. This proved to be a dangerous endeavour for three tomography researchers who were beaten and kicked by locals who objected to the work, citing the sacred nature of the site.
Nonetheless, the work continued and the results were astounding.
Analysis of core samples of the hill and structure began to reveal greater and greater age the deeper they looked. From 5000 years, to 8000 years, to 10,000 years and all the way up to a reported 23,000 years old. These numbers are incredible! The implication is that this site is the oldest known structure of any kind on Earth.
One of the most interesting things about Gunung Padang, aside from its age, is that during coring it was found that much of the buried structure was reinforced with a type of cement. This bonding agent, which has been used as a mortar and sort of glue in certain parts of the site, consists of 45% iron ore, 41% silica and 14% clay. It’s said that this mixture provides for a very strong and durable mortar base, and is surprising evidence of the level of sophistication of the building technique.
the accumulated results of Independent Research Integrated Research Team (TTRM) done in the last two years succeeded in proving that the site is not only extraordinary arguably even "beyond imagination". For example, the site is a megalithic structure terraces are composed of rocks of basaltic andesite columns are visible on the surface instead of just closing the top of the hill area of 50x150 m 2 alone but shut down the entire hill area of at least 15 ha. Mount Padang is a magnificent monuments such as Machu Pichu in Peru. could be concluded, Mount Padang proved really high architectural masterpiece of ancient civilizations are lost or not known at this time. In other words, finding the building under a mountain meadow is a "breakthrough" for the world of science and at the same time will be an invaluable national pride. [YSA]
I would have thought "iron ore" would not make a good bonding agent ? Obviously I was totally wrong ! If the dating is correct that would have this place flourishing during the middle of the last Ice age... It has been said that the sea levels were approximately 400 feet lower during those times.. Another reason IMO we have a hard time finding ancient cities because many were coastal and are now under mud and silt plus 400 feet of water ! A fresh water river which flows into the ocean would provide many of the basics for a thriving city or even a small tribe... Until the ocean rose and what was left of the river continued to dump it's silt over the entire area...
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Interesting knowledge on bank safe walls .
Hopefully your not writing this from a jail cell. lol
Be well all.
i read somewhere that the body of the Sphinx had been dated to be much older than the head. i cant remember where though. then again i still dont understand how they date the ages of these things
This is interesting if true....and leads to some speculations...
The Sphinx is also an enigma which has been recently dated by Shock as about that age as well....give or take...and it all seems to indicate a world wide civilisation which flourished around that time frame.
Dr Natawidjaja fought back, doing some high-level lobbying of his own, taking the matter to the President of Indonesia himself. There were further delays to do with elections in Indonesia but just a couple of months ago, in mid-August 2014, the final obstacles were lifted and Dr Natawidjaja and his team moved back onto the Gunung Padang site with full approval to go ahead with their work, including permission to excavate the concealed chambers.
Archaeologists were furious and immediately began lobbying to get the work stopped – fortunately to no avail as preliminary excavations have produced results that prove beyond doubt that Gunung Padang in indeed a man-made pyramid of great antiquity as Dr Natawidjaja had long ago proposed. Even the relatively young layer so far excavated (the second artificial columnar rock-layer beneath the megalithic site visible on the surface) has yielded dates of 5200 BC (nearly 3000 years older than the orthodox dating for the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt) and there are firm indications from the original remote sensing and core drilling work of much older layers below. In short, it is now evident to all that the site is vastly older than the 2500 years that archaeologists had insisted upon for decades. Even the most hostile amongst them are therefore now reframing their assessment of the site and referring to it as “a gigantic terraced tomb, which was part of the biggest megalithic culture in the archipelago.”
originally posted by: Shiloh7
It seems that most archaeologists are reluctant to pull back in time dates concerning the constructions like the pyramids. Its almost as though the main school of archaelogy is determined to stick to a set time line that is less than 4000 years BC. I do wonder if this is too tight.
Also during the last ice age wouldn't man have slowly moved closer to the equator and into the southern hemisphere to get away from the cold. There are places in the southern hemisphere that are virtually ignorred, like Nan Madol and the cities under the water are pulling the time line back due to the water levels when they were constructed.
Its almost as though we had one society that was terrifically advanced and then it went away and we virtually started over again, but we still haven't found out why we go from such a sophisticated building programme back to almost having to rediscover the wheel again.