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Ancient Jade Disc

Mysterious ancient discs made from nephrite jade discovered in China (2005) are raising scientific eyebrows in China and elsewhere. Among the earliest surviving Chinese artifacts, the discs are called ‘Bi’ and have been associated by some scholars with the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th century B.C.); however, they may be much older, representing neolithic art from 6000 to 2000 B.C. Showing clear evidence of advanced precision tooling, though, the ‘Bi’ discs present scientists with an unexplainable anomaly. It is difficult, if not impossible, to imagine how they could have been made with the primitive stone tools and abrasives usually associated with the period. The original function and significance of the bi are unknown, as the Neolithic cultures have left no written history. From these earliest times they were buried with the dead, as a sky symbol, accompanying the dead into the after world or "sky", with the cong which connected the body with the earth.They were placed ceremonially on the body in the grave of persons of high social status.

Bi are sometimes found near the stomach and chest in neolithic burials. Jade, like bi disks, has been used throughout Chinese history to indicate an individual of moral quality, and has also served as an important symbol of rank. They were used in worship and ceremony – as ceremonial items they symbolised the ranks of emperor, king, duke, marquis, viscount, and baron with four different kweis and two different bi disks.

Bi that found recently in China are flat with a round central hole. In some respects they resemble a phonograph disc or a CD Rom. And, in fact, some believe that data of some type may actually be encoded in the concentric circular grooves. New laser technology has shown some promise in extracting intelligent information from the indentations. Some experts have speculated that the discs may be of an extraterrestrial origin and have pointed to a similarity with the so-called Dropa Stones of China which are claimed to be 10,000 to 12,000 years old.

Sources :
Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol. 52 : Jade Disc Puzzle;

Pic Source :
Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol.52 page 11

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  1. If it is a record of data, it would be fascinating to learn what information it holds.


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