In February of 1988, in Hebei province in China, some ten kilometers northeast of the city of Handan, farmers working in their fields stumbled upon an unprecedented finding: a stone dragon that was an astounding 1,200 feet long.

Nine other smaller stone dragons were found next to the monumental dragon, all of them oriented in the same direction. There were five dragons on the left and four on the right and, like the giant dragon, they all pointed their heads to the northeast.

When archaeologists began to excavate, they found the broken head of the main dragon about 59 feet underground. The skull measured over 30 feet long, the claws about 3 feet, and each tooth was several inches thick.

It was also discovered that the body had a hollowed-out belly through which ran a channel that ended in its mouth. In fact, many villagers remembered that up until 20 years earlier, a water course had emanated from that very place.

The dragon sculpture appeared to be made of red granite, but a cross-section showed circular patterns like the rings of a tree. The color also varied from a lighter red on the surface to a darker one in the center. 

An attempt was made to determine the origin of the rock but no similar material was found in the area surrounding the dig site. 

The origin of the sculpture is extremely enigmatic. According to certain hypotheses, it could correspond to a prehistoric civilization, since around the village there are many fossils of shells and sea plants, denoting that thousands of years ago the entire area was submerged by the ocean.

Tail of the dragon (BLes)

According to experts, the dragon could be up to 30,000 years old, setting the record for the largest and oldest stone dragon ever found.

Longstanding religious traditions with ancient roots tell of different periodic cycles that occurred before our civilization and were lost to history.

Our knowledge of the past is constantly being rewritten. In order to make sense of new discoveries, our understanding of the world must expand exponentially.

The Wall of the Nine Sacred Dragons, located in The Palace of the Quiet Longevity in the Forbidden City of Beijing, China. (@ Seebeer/ Wikimedia Commons/ Public Domain)

Source: BLes

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