Really Old-School Technology

from the hmm dept

Hasher J. Brown writes in to tell us about some 120 million year old relief maps that were apparently created with rather advanced technology, suggesting an advanced civilization from many many many years ago. Hasher writes that he’s “unable to find other references to the above links – but basically it involves ancient technology (over 120 million years old) and map making.” It does make me suspicious. Does anyone know anything else about these maps?

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bbay says:

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This is highly suspect, yet intriguing.

They will have to prove several things before this can be taken seriously.

First, that this is actually a map. Looks like a big rock with cracks in it to me. I am obviously not an expert. I would like to see a comparison between current 3 dimensional map, an estimate by geologists of the topography of the region 120M years ago and the slab itself.

Second, that they have dated it correctly. Again, I’m not an expert, but I have some familiarity with the subject. It must first be established that the particular shell they used to date the slab was not part of the material from which the slab was carved. There are other problems as well, the dating of artifacts benifits from correlative analysis of multiple dating techniques. When the techniques all return wildly conflicting answers this is usually a sign that the object in question cannot be accuratly dated. There are a number of legitimate reasons that something carved from rock cannot be correctly dated including composition, environment and encounters with other, differently aged, materials.

Third, that the manufacture of the slab employed precision technology. They don’t mention what evidence they have for this. I presume that it has to do with the smoothness of the glass layer. The main assumptions made here are that the slab is artificial and that primitive peoples would be unable to reproduce it. The scientific inadvisability of underestimating the abilities of a primitive people has been demonstrated many times. As for artificiality, see above.

They should find more slabs. The larger the map the more sure we can be that the objects represent geography.

I personally will believe (assuming the thing is actually a map, and not just a big chunk of igneous rock) that they have made a really profound error in dating and that it was in fact carved by ancient people, highly skilled in their craft, by the application of simple techniques.

Sofa King Stoned says:

Use Your Brain

The article states that the stones “clearly marked Ufa Height and Ufa Canyon. Further investigation by a group of Chinese and Russian specialists determined that the map was of the Ural region including the Belya, Ufimka and Sutolka rivers.” The dinosaurs died out only 65 million years ago, and that was long enough for seafloors to become high plains deserts. What on earth could make anyone think for even a second that the same valleys and rivers would hang around for 120 million years. If you think this story has any veracity at all I have several nice investment opportunities for you.

Hasher J. Brown (user link) says:

Re: Use Your Own Brain

The second article states:

“Happily, relief of today?s Bashkiria has not changed so much within millions of years. We could identify Ufa Height, while Ufa Canyon is the main point of our proofs, because we carried out geological studies and found its track where it must be according to the ancient map. Displacement of the canyon happened because of tectonic stabs which moved from East. The group of Russian and Chinese specialists in the field of cartography, physics, mathematics, geology, chemistry, and Old Chinese language managed to precisely find out that the slab contains the map of Ural region, with rivers Belya, Ufimka, Sutolka,? ? Alexander Chuvyrov said while showing the lines on the stone to the journalists. ? You can see Ufa Canyon ? the break of the earth?s crust, stretched out from the city of Ufa to the city of Sterlitimak. At the moment, Urshak River runs over the former canyon.?

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