Our ancestors were not apes, those who say they were, theirs were, said Sir John Woodroffe. The Ramayana and the Mahabharat, which describe various wondrous events and beings, and also weapons that are unheard of even till date. Recently, researchers unearthed the city of dwarka, and also found the ram setu, among other things. Did the events described actually happen? The weapons, did they actually exist? If they did, then how come the people living more than 5,000 years ago have such advanced knowledge of science and technology?
Let us take a look at certain unexplained mysteries from across the globe.
- The Great Pyramid of Egypt, which is popularly thought to have been built by Pharaoh Khufu as a tomb for self around 2050 BC, is a 407 feet high structure, something which is not possible for us to build in present age. Recently the original entrance of the pyramid was unearthed, it was blocked by stone that is, no one could enter it after it was blocked. In 800 AD when Al Mamun, the Governor of Cairo, broke into the Pyramid through the robber’s entrance with his troops to plunder it, he was disappointed as there was nothing inside the structure, no mummy, no treasure, not even inscriptions on wall. An interesting feature is the maze of tunnels inside the pyramid, which are all at an incline making it arduous to even walk, let alone carry a corpse along. And these tunnels are 2.5ft to 3ft high, so one has to crawl to make their way through, why was this structure built? And how?
- The Sphinx is attributed to have been built by Pharaoh Khafre, the son of Khufu son around 2500 BC. It is a colossal structure, 240ft long, 66ft high and 62ft wide. In the 1990s, Dr Robert Schoch, professor at the Boston University, questioned the age of sphinx and found out that even the Egyptians did not know, and it was merely a belief that it was built at the time of Khafre as one cannot date stone. He then run some geological tests at the site which had shocking revelations, the erosion on sphinx was caused by heavy rainfall and it hasn’t rained in Egypt after about 5000 BC. This means it had to be older than that. How old, who built it and how, we don’t know.
- Stone Henge in the United Kingdom is an arrangement of stones weighing over 70 tonnes made to stand upright and similar stones lying flat atop them. It is an example of complex engineering — mortise tenon joints and tongue and groove joints to lock the stones vertically and laterally respectively. In modern times, they reconstructed the stone henge using cranes but in 2400 BC, which is officially accepted date — how did they lift these stones and put them up?
- Bryn Celli DDu the mysterious Welsh burial chamber has its entrance facing the north east. Every year between December to April the sun rises in the North East, it shines through the entrance and illuminates the pillar stone in the chamber. Interestingly, the pillar is not in the same line as the entrance, it is the light reflecting through walls (similar to parabolic mirrors) that causes the pillar to shine. And the pillar has grooves marked on it, every day from December to April a different notch is eliminated, that is, it functions as a calendar for those dwelling inside the cave, perhaps to save themselves from the cold winters. How did they build a Parabolic mirror in 3000 BC?