The 8-track is dead, but the ancient alien record-disc is very much alive
An amazing discovery, a Chinese conspiracy, Russian collaboration and a world class UFO mystery. The year was 1938 and the place was the foreboding and remote mountains of BayanKara-Ula, on the borders of China and Tibet.
Chinese archaeologist, Professor Chu Pu Tei lead a team of intrepid explorers on an adventure to survey the many known interlinked caves of the area; little did he know, the caves are the least interesting part of BayanKara-Ula.
The good professor, while exploring the caves, found himself in the company of some of the strangest ancient graves, possibly ever found. He and his team found a series of neatly arranged burial sites containing the skeletons of creatures with spindly bodies and enormous skulls. Originally thought to have been some heretofore unknown species of Tibetan Ape, though as pointed out by Chu Pu Tei, ‘since when do apes bury each other?’; more modern examinations of the burial site have led experts to agree that the skeletons are those of some unknown race of humanoid, though the samples are far too degraded for DNA or other biological testing to take place.
Opinions vary slightly, but the general consensus is that these beings, whoever or whatever they are, existed approximately 12,000 years ago, and that their enormous cranial capacity indicates that they possessed a heightened intelligence.
But the discovery of the skeletons isn’t exactly the interesting part of this story.
While examining the site and the surrounding caves, Chu Pu Tei and his team also discovered what may be the most significant and tangible artefact in recent human history. I’m speaking of course, about the Dropa Stones.
A collection of large, approximately 2-3 foot in diameter and 2-3 inches thick, stone discs with a hole in the center, which on initial inspection could be mistaken for an early model of wheel, but on closer examination are an unmistakable analog to the phonophile’s coveted vinyl record. Even back in 1938, these Chinese Archaeologists knew they had stumbled onto something unique.
The stones, 716 of which were reportedly found, are rumoured to have tiny spiralling lines of unknown and seemingly undecipherable hieroglyphs, emanating from the center hole and terminating on the outer edge of the disc. The original telling of this story references testing that was done to confirm the discs age as exceeding 10,000BC, which would make this the most significant archaeological find in history. A finely tooled artefact, containing evidence of a written language and culture, in such a remote region of the BayanKara mountains…that kind of find would change everything we think we know about the evolution of mankind.
In 1963, another Chinese professor, Tsum Um Nui declared that he had broken the Dropa Stone code, though as wouldn’t be surprising within the Chinese empire, was forbidden from releasing his findings by the Pei King Academy of Prehistory. Two years later, Um Nui and four of his colleagues were given permission to publish their findings, which came in the form of the aptly titled “The Grooved Script concerning Space-ships which, as recorded on the Discs, landed on Earth 12,000 years ago”
“The ‘records’ told an astonishing story of a ‘space probe’ by the inhabitants of another planet which came to grief in the Bayan-Kara-Ula Mountain range. The strange, spiral script told how the peaceful intentions of the ‘aliens’ had been misunderstood and how many of them were hunted down and killed by members of the Ham tribe, who lived in the neighboring caves.
According to Tsum Um Nui, one of the lines of the hieroglyphs read, “The Dropas came down from the clouds in their aircraft. Our men, women and children hid in the caves ten times before sunrise. When at last they understood the sign language of the Dropas, they realized that the newcomers had peaceful intentions… Another section expressed ‘regret’ by the Ham tribe that the aliens’ spaceship had crash-landed in such a remote and inaccessible mountains and that there had been no way to building a new one to enable Dropas to return to their own planet.”
It seems, from further research, that the Dropas were not well received by the indigenous people of the BayaKara area, and may ultimately have been hunted and slaughtered to near extinction; but the story doesn’t end there.
In years since the discovery and subsequent translation of the discs, each of which is purported to offer it’s own story, history, technical information and astronomical driving directions, other archaeologists have explored and studied the area of the Dropa caves, and in a bizarre but predictable twist, there happens be both a Ham tribe and a Dropa tribe in the BayaKara-Ula Mountain range, and strangely enough, both tribes have uncharacteristically thin stature and larger skulls.
After Tsum Um Nui released his findings, Russian scientists became interested in the Dropa Stones and requested access, so that they might perform their own testing and research. In what may be the only example of Chinese collaboration, the Pei King Academy of Prehistory agreed and released an undisclosed number of the discs to Russian custody.
To the surprise of many, the Russian Scientists found that the discs were comprised mainly of cobalt, an ore not found local to BayaKara; and as though they were acting with the thought of turning their tests into a feature movie, they somehow constructed a device for “playing” the disc like a record. According to Dr. Vyatcheslav Saizev, who described the experiments in the Soviet magazine Sputnik – they vibrated or ‘hummed’ in an unusual rhythm as though an electric charge was passing through them.
So, what does all this mean? Are we to believe the anecdotal evidence of long gone so-called scientists of an era where scientific advancement was in its infancy? Why hasn’t this discovery been the flagship for academic investigation into UFO’s, aliens or extraterrestrial influence on early humans?
There may be many answers to those questions.
There is cause to be suspicious of the story on the whole; 716 artefacts recovered and not one available for public examination? Previously published research papers suppressed and edited, and in certain cases, completely lost.
To many people this kind of discovery would be the most profound human development since the written word, so what gives?
As though any of us has forgotten, we are talking about the two most secretive and oppressive nations and cultures on the planet here. China and Russia aren’t exactly the picture of free flowing information, especially where it concerns matters of potentially transformational findings. Both countries have cause to suppress and exploit this discovery for their own purposes; and the both may have done just that.
Now, what I’m about to lay out for you, is pure and unadulterated conjecture, there is no factual basis for this theorising, nor is there any reference for the ideas behind it, beyond what is commonly known of the issues at hand.
Let’s consider the so-called facts of this “case”…
Evidence of an alien craft crashing in the Chinese/Tibetan BayaKaran-Ula Mountain Range, evidence which provides a written record of the events leading up to and following said crash is found by Chinese archaeologists. That evidence is then suppressed, and later partially released, and then seemingly suppressed again.
In years following, certain details of the original evidence are confirmed through developed scientific processes, such as the dating and analysis of the discs and the discovery of tribes known by the same names as indicated in the translation of the hieroglyphs on the discs.
Is it pure coincidence that China is in dispute over the right to control Tibet? Is it coincidence that Tibetan elders are revered world-wide as some of the most enlightened and learned scholars ever to have graced this planet? Is it coincidence that the evolution of the Tibetan mountain people is reminiscent of the apparently alien skeletons found in the 12,000 year old burial site?
Recent news coverage has indicated that the Chinese Empiric hierarchy is of the belief that extraterrestrial life is not only possible, but that a great many of the UFO stories of the paranormal subculture are completely accurate and true.
Are we looking at Chinese hoarding of tangible scientific evidence of an alien presence and/or contact, do they believe that they have the one and only fast-track pipeline to alien assistance and protection?
Whatever the case may be, the truth of the Dropa Stones is out there. The stones do exist, they do have some connection to a strange occurrence from 10,000BC, and they were found suspiciously close to the graves of some very strange looking skeletons.
EDIT: The Dropa Stones Don’t Exist
Well, it seems we’ve all been had, the Dropa Stone Conspiracy is a fraud. Apparently the story was fabricated by one Dr. Karyl Robin-Evans under the pseudonym David Agamon. Agamon’s (or Robin-Evans’) 1978 book Sungods in Exile is the source for the story of the Dropa Stones, and as is pointed out in the comments section below, some of the details are suggestive of the hoax.
But don’t feel bad, we weren’t the only ones to be taken in. Among the throngs of UFOlogists who believe (or believed) that the Dropa Stones and the associated UFO crash in the BayanKara-Ula mountains were real, the story was further perpetuated by author Hartwig Hausdof in his 1998 book The Chinese Roswell. Believers, unfortunately, are thwarted by Agamon’s admission in Fortean Times Magazine (Fortean Times 75, 1995, page 57) that the whole thing was a hoax.
Not only is the name Tsum Um Nui not a Chinese name, as the story claims, but it seems there is no record of any stones even similar to the Dropa Stones having been found or ever possessed by any museum or scientific institute in China, Tibet or Russia. The Dropa Stones don’t exist.
Interestingly, some even claim that Robin-Evans doesn’t exist, and that Agamon’s true identity is as much a mystery as the original story. Much as I’d like for the story to be genuine, it clearly is not, but it is still entertaining. I’m sure though, that some will argue the validity of the hoax claim and choose instead to believe the Dropa Stone Conspiracy is in fact true, but that the Chinese government has undertaken to cover it up with stories of hoax.