*Underwater Remains of China "Lion City" found* (Feb 2011) "Divers have discovered the underwater remains of an ancient city located about 90 feet below the surface of Qiandao Lake in China's far eastern province. Researchers believe the city, called Shicheng, belongs to the Eastern Han Dynasty, dating back to around 25 to 220 CE. Found in Zhejiang province, the city is also known as ‘Lion City’ because of the ornate lion statues that guard its entrance. The statues are reported to be in a fair situation in their underwater abode.
Guardian lions stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy ones in pre-modern China.
The tradition was popular during the Han Dynasty, when the lions were considered to have powerful mythic protective properties.
The divers’ exploration is currently focusing on the city's western gate, which is believed to be used as a school.
Qiandao Lake (千島湖, lake of a thousand islands) is a man-made lake located in Chun'an County, Zhejiang, China, formed since the completion of the Xinanjiang hydroelectric station. There are 1,078 large islands in the lake and a few thousand smaller ones. It covers an area of 573 km² and has a storage capacity of 17.8 km³. The total area of the islands in the lake is about 86 km².
At the foot of the Wu Shi mountain (Five Lion Mountain) lays an ancient city known as Shi Cheng (Lions City), built in Dong Han period (25 - 200), first was setup as county in 208, it was named "Lion City" because of the Five Lion Mountain that sits just behind the city.
Flooded in September 1959 for the Xin Anjiang Dam project, the city remains undisturbed from the surface at a depth of 26-40m,
(April 2012) "The final, missing pieces of a key manuscript of the Egyptian Book of the Dead have been found at last.
Ancient papyrus fragments belonging to the book have been found in Australia's Queensland Museum.
The Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian funerary text written by Amenhotep in around 1420 BC, various sections of the book that have been recovered reside in museums around the world but much of it is still missing. "We are incredibly surprised that we had such a significant object in our collection," said museum CEO Ian Galloway.
Egyptologist John Taylor made the discovery during a recent visit to the museum. "This is not the papyrus of just anybody," he said. "This is one of the top officials from Egypt at the peak of ancient Egypt's prosperity."
The Brisbane Museum is celebrating an astonishing find - a priceless part of an ancient
Egyptian 'Book of the Dead' has been found right under their noses.
*The Romanian Sphinx in the Bucegi Mountains
"Unbeknownst to most, there is an ancient sphinx located in the Bucegi Mountains of Romania and near the border of the famous land known as Transylvania. In 2003, the Pentagon discovered, through the use of state-of-the-art satellite technology, an anomaly within the Bucegi Mountains...Technology was used to penetrate a chamber inside of the mountain that was otherwise inaccessible to humans. What was discovered eventually was a holographic Hall of Records left by an advanced civilization near three mysterious tunnels leading into the Inner Earth." http://www.thelivingmoon.com/46ats_m...e_Mystery.html
In this 1 hour interview, Author Peter Moon discusses the mysterious underground holographic hall of records found in 2003 by advanced satellite radar technology located at the sphinx of Romania in the Bucegi Mountains (close to the region known as Transylvania).
On May 20, 2012, a rare solar eclipse alignment will happen between the Earth, the Sun and, our central Sun, Alcyone in the Pleiades Constellation. It takes earth 26,000 years to travel around Alcyone. "The Pyramid of the Sun outside Mexico City at Teotihuacan is said to be aligned with the Pleiades, for its west face and many of the surrounding streets were aligned directly with the setting point of the Pleiades on midnight of the night when it is at its highest point. The Pleiades was clearly revered also by the Mayans, who in the area of Chichen Itza knew that the Sun casts a snake-like shadow on the side of the north stairway of the Kukulcan pyramid during the spring equinox. Some scholars have calculated that about 60 days after this shadow’s appearance, when the sun reaches its zenith over the Pyramid at mid-day (May 20 – May 23), there is another direct alignment with the Pleiades. This Pleiades-sun alignment may have a direct connection with Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent that came to bring a greater wisdom to the planet.
*Lake Vostok, Antarctica
(February 8, 2012) "Russian scientists have confirmed that they have penetrated Antarctica's Lake Vostok, an event that may "expand the limits of life on Earth," a U.S. scientist says. At 8:25 p.m. Moscow time on Sunday, drillers hit lake water at a depth of 12,355 feet (3,766 meters)—making them the first ever to probe a subglacial lake, according to a statement provided by Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.
Lake Vostok is the largest of more than 145 subglacial lakes—most of them several kilometers long—that have been discovered under Antarctica in past decades.
The project to probe the Great Lake-size water body, which has been entombed in ice for 25 million years, has been the centerpiece of the Russian Antarctic program. (See 3-D pictures of Antarctica's subglacial "ghost mountains.")
Subglacial lakes may open a new window onto our planet, for example, by offering new insights into climate history or revealing previously unknown life-forms."
(February 2012) *Stunning face hidden for thousands of years: The wooden sarcophagus was unearthed by a team of archaeologists from the University of Jaen, in Spain, who have been carrying out digs at at the necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa in Aswan, Egypt since 2008. Believed to contain the body of a person of some rank, it boasts extraordinarily delicate features, well-preserved by the sands of time..Since starting a fresh excavation in January, they have also discovered 20 mummies and uncovered a tomb dating from around 1830BC."
"The ruins of Chichen Itza illustrate the glory and majesty of one of the largest cities built by the Maya. These ruins are also impressions of influences attributable to the Toltecs, who came from central Mexico. The site presents a set of pyramids, temples and terraces remarkably well preserved. Chichen Itza enjoyed great growth between the seventh and ninth centuries AD but was abandoned shortly thereafter. The city was repopulated in the twelfth century, when the Toltecs from central Mexico invaded the Yucatan and began to mix their culture with that of the Maya.
Of gods and warriors of the two cultures are represented in stone carvings are still visible today. The city was abandoned again in the fourteenth century, but without losing its status as a place of pilgrimage.
A small museum at the main entrance, features sculptures, reliefs and showcases the history maya.L one of the first buildings you see when entering the site name El Castillo is 24 m height. At the top, you will enjoy excellent views across the site. This pyramid was built in the eighth century, well before the arrival of the Toltecs, but was later amended to incorporate themes Toltec. The temple at the summit is dedicated to Kukulcán, the feathered serpent who was one of the most important gods of the Toltec culture.
Archaeologists and numerologists speculated that this pyramid could represent the Mayan calendar carved in stone. Four steps oriented towards the cardinal points each have 91 steps. By adding the upper platform, we have a total of 365, a march for each day of the solar calendar.
To the west of El Castillo is one of seven ball fields where we practiced a religious game that sometimes ended in human sacrifice. Sculptures located near this location are also players decapitated. This court, 135 m long and 65 meters wide, is surrounded by walls of stone and has amazing acoustic properties, sound, bringing to nearly far enough.
The Temple of the Bearded man, named after an image that appears on one of its walls, has several columns and carved bas-reliefs. The Temple of the Jaguars, nearby reveals columns and tables surrounded by sculptures of snakes and jaguars. At the Temple of Skulls, located between the temple of the Jaguars and El Castillo, you'll see a stone platform showing rows of human skulls and eagles tearing human hearts. Equally horrific images appear on another platform nearby."
Inca Ruins of Moray* An archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 km northwest of Cuzco on a high plateau at about 3500 m (11,500 ft) and just west of the village of Maras. "The ruins at Moray are circular stone terraces that were built into existing natural craters in the earth. They were originally built in pre-Inca times, maybe as long ago as 1000 AD. The natural earth formations have a huge variety of temperatures, depending on the depth and where the sun and shadows fall. One scientist recorded a full 15C (27F) degrees temperature difference between the top and bottom terraces, which is only 30 feet! For this reason, historians believe quite certainly that these terraces were used for agriculture experimentation, sort of like a natural greenhouse. They believe that pre-Incans used this site to develop different strains of Maize (corn), allowing them transform maize into a high-altitude crop, thereby allowing the ancient civilizations to thrive in the Andes mountains." http://www.visioninconsciousness.org...zations_02.htm
*"Ancient Cemetery" Discovered-Sahara desert dated back to 7,700B.C*
(August 14, 2008-National Geographic) "Dinosaur hunters have stumbled across the largest and oldest Stone Age cemetery in the Sahara desert. Paleontologist Paul Sereno and his team were scouring the rocks between harsh dunes in northern Niger in 2000 when they stumbled across the graveyard, on the shores of a long-gone lake. The scientists eventually uncovered 200 burials of two vastly different cultures that span 5,000 years—the first time such a site has been found in one place.
Called Gobero, the area is a uniquely preserved record of human habitation and burials from the Kiffian (7700 to 6200 B.C.) and the Tenerian (5200 to 2500 B.C.) cultures, says a new study led by Sereno of the University of Chicago.
One of the most striking discoveries was what the research team calls the "Stone Age Embrace": A woman, possibly a mother, and two children laid to rest holding hands, arms outstretched toward each other, on a bed of flowers."
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