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The Chinese Roswell

From: Stig Agermose <Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 02:29:42 +0200
Fwd Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 10:37:19 -0400
Subject: The Chinese Roswell

[Seems to me that the following has been discussed on UpDates
 in the past and the consenus was that it was a pile of
 'Dung Phooey' --ebk]

Excerpt from Fate Magazine August 1998. URL:

http://www.llewellyn.com/fate/9808/pr2_0898.htm


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Excerpted from
The Chinese Roswell
by Hartwig Hausdorf
Copyright =A9 1998 FATE Magazine          
August 1998


For 35 years, a story has circulated about an alleged UFO crash
that happened some 12,000 years ago in a remote mountain area in
China. When I first heard of this, I took it to be science
fiction. But new developments in this story have made it worth
another look.

It begins at the turn of the years 1937 and 1938, when an
expedition led by archeologist Chi Pu-Tei came across the
pathless Bayan-Kara-Ula mountains in the modern-day Chinese
province of Qinghai. The group discovered some caves in which
numerous strange-looking skeletons were entombed. All of the
skeletons had abnormally big heads and small, thin, fragile
bodies.

There were no epitaphs at the graves, but the explorers did find
716 stone discs with bizarre hieroglyphs on them. From a hole in
the center of each disc, a groove spiraled out to the rim. The
archeologists had no idea what kind of information was encoded
in the hieroglyphs.      


(Image: The two known discs. Each weighed two pounds and
measured about a foot in diameter.)  

Not until the early 1960s did Beijing Academy of Sciences
professor Tsum Um Nui succeed in translating a few passages of
the inscriptions on the stone discs. But upon completing his
report, the scientist ran into a problem: The Academy banned the
publication of his work. This is not surprising when one
considers the unusual conclusions that Tsum Um Nui and four
assistants drew. They were certain that the hieroglyphs on the
stone discs told of the crash of an alien spacecraft in the
mountains 12,000 years ago!

After an extended quarrel, the professor obtained permission to
publish his report. He introduced amazed readers to the story of
alien beings called the Dropa, who had crashed in the
Bayan-Kara-Ula Mountains after a long space flight. A great
number of these beings died, and the survivors could not repair
their ship, said Tsum Um Nui. Of course, the scientific
establishment considered the story to be nonsense, and Tsum Um
Nui was derided as a fool.          

What skeptics ignored was that in the Qinghai province, ancient
traditions told of small, skinny, ugly beings, with big, clumsy
heads and weak extremities, who came down from the sky long ago.
Locals have always been afraid of the strange-looking invaders
from the clouds.

Shortly after publishing his report, Tsum Um Nui emigrated to
Japan. Embittered by the reactions of other scientists, he died
shortly after he completed a final manuscript about the
stone-disc mystery. My book Satelliten der Goetter (Satellites
of the Gods) was published in Japan in 1996, and I hope the
book's Japanese readers may be able to provide new information
on Tsum Um Nui and his fate. Where was he buried? What library
contains his report on the translation of the hieroglyphs on the
stone plates?



Disappearing Evidence


Nobody knows what became of the 716 discs. Their existence was
last documented in 1974, when Austrian engineer Ernest Wegerer
came across two of the discs in Banpo Museum in Xi'an. The discs
matched the descriptions from Tsum Um Nui's 1962 report. Wegerer
could even recognize hieroglyphs in the disc's spiral grooves,
but by this time they were partly crumbled away. Knowing the
artifacts' background, Wegerer asked the former manager of the
Banpo Museum for more details on the objects. Surprisingly, the
woman could tell stories about all the other clay artifacts
there, but all she could say of the stone discs was that they
were unimportant "cult objects." This is also how they were
labeled in the museum showcase.

Nevertheless, the Austrian was allowed to hold one of the discs
and take the only known photographs of both of them. Wegerer
estimated them to weigh two pounds each and to measure a foot in
diameter. They both featured the strange hieroglyphs and a hole
in the center. Regrettably, the spiral grooves cannot be seen in
the photographs, partly because they had crumbled away and also
because Wegerer used a Polaroid camera with an integrated flash.

This was more or less the status of the research when Satellites
of the Gods co-author Peter Krassa and I tried to pick up the
trail of this mystery of the century. It would not be easy.
China had suffered through its Proletarian Cultural Revolution
from 1966 to 1976. Many people lost their lives, and innumerable
precious objects fell victim to the unrest. During this time,
many artifacts were taken from Beijing into the provinces.

In March 1994, Prof. Wang Zhijun, director of the Banpo Museum,
welcomed Krassa and me for a discussion of the stone discs. At
first, he seemed unwilling to give details, but soon he revealed
that the manager of the museum had been called away from her job
just a few days after Wegerer had visited the museum in 1974.
Both the woman and the discs had disappeared without a trace.

I had the distinct feeling that Wang Zhijun was uncomfortable
during our inquiry. When asked for the artifacts' present
location, he told us: "The stone discs you have mentioned do not
exist, but being extraneous elements in this museum for pottery
ware, they have been dislocated."

Isn't it fascinating to witness such a U-turn in one sentence?

(End of Excerpt)


Find out more in the August 1998 issue of FATE.

Hartwig Hausdorf of Germany exposed "China's Pyramid Cover-Up"
in the February issue of FATE. More details of these and other
Far East mysteries can be found in his new book, "The Chinese
Roswell" (New Paradigm Books).  


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