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Discovery in China of Possible Ancient Sun Worshippers at Roof of the World

Just last week, archaeologists from China working on the Pamirs Plateau exposed a previously unknown collection of tombs, uncovering yet another mystery of history on the ancient Silk Road.

The discovery is so new that no photos are available yet.

Each tomb is two meters in diameter. Eight vaults were arranged on a 100-meter-long and 50-meter-wide terrace.

Lines of black stones and lines of white stones stretch alongside like rays, according to the archaeology team with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences that found the tombs in Xinjiang’s Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, a border region neighboring Afghanistan and Pakistan.




Peculiar Ancient Tombs

“The tombs are peculiar. No similar ones had been detected before on the Pamirs Plateau, or even in all of Central Asia,” team leader Wu Xinhua said.

Wu believes that the ray-like stone strings suggest sun worship was practiced by the people who constructed these, but acknowledged his assumption lacked sufficient evidence at this point.

Also, initial indications are that the people buried there were of high social status, because the black stones were transported a great distance and the terrace for the tomb platform would have been a rare land resource in the area.

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A Significant Discovery

Located at the intersection of eastern and western cultures, the tomb cluster could reflect a deep and unknown historical background that could contribute greatly to our understanding of ancient people and the influences each had on the other.

For centuries, the Silk Road has conjured up images of ancient civilizations connecting with each other through travel and trade. One part of that route, in the area of the Pamirs Plateau, has just this month revealed even more ancient secrets.

Stretching across the globe for 4,000 miles the Silk Road, also known as the Silk Route, connected ancient China with India, Tibet, the Persian Empire, Egypt, Europe, and Africa.

For thousands of years, silk, ivory, carpets, wine, gold, spices, and many other items traversed these routes and connected people from very different regions.

The junction of the Himalayas, Tian Shan, Karakoram, Kunlun, and Hindu Kush ranges creates some of the highest mountains in the world and is a range known informally as the “Roof of the World” and formally as the Pamirs Mountains.

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Many Visitors

The Pamirs Mountains lie in part of the Silk Route’s path and have been visited by a wide variety of people over time.

Lapis Lazuli for Egyptian tombs is thought to have been brought from the Afghanistan portion of the mountains. Roman mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer Ptolemy describes a route through them.

Chinese Han Dynasty Emperial Envoy Zhang Qian opened transcontinental trade through the area and chronicled it. Marco Polo made his visits to Kublai Khan.

Portuguese Jesuit missionary and explorer Bento de Góis wrote about the area. Russian naturalist and explorerAlexei Pavlovich Fedchenko mapped part of it.

Even in pop culture, Chevy Chase and Dan Akroyd fumbled around the Tajik section of the Pamir Mountains in the 1985 film Spies Like Us.

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Photo reference: http://www.pamirs.org/photogallery.htm
Photo reference: http://www.east-site.com/silk-road
Photo reference: http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/marcopolo.html
Photo reference: http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-photo/michaeljudy/1/1188478800/45-pamir-plateau.jpg/tpod.html
Photo reference: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01967/marco-polo_1967753c.jpg
Information reference: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/culture/2011-10/12/c_131187122.htm
Information reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road
Information reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamir_Mountains

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