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Tue Jun 16, 2020, 12:29 PM

This stunning Uyghur complex dates from exactly 777 and it was never used -- now, researchers know wh

by Mihai Andrei June 15, 2020

If you travelled to the Tuva mountains in Southern Russia, some 1,300 m (4,300 ft) above sea level, you might find a rather inconspicuous lake called Tere-Khol, hidden among the rolling hills. The lake itself would not be very interesting were it not for an island in its midst.

In truth, the island itself is also nothing special. It’s what’s on it that’s truly spectacular: the Uyghur Por-Bajin complex.



Aerial view of Por-Bajin from the west. The complex is situated on an island in a lake. Scientists have pinned its construction on the year 777 CE, using a special carbon-14 dating technique. Image credits: Andrei Panin

The Por-Bajin complex was built by the Uyghurs, a Turkic minority ethnic group scattered across several areas in today’s Russia, Mongolia, and China. Por-Bajin was built more than 1,000 years ago but was abandoned for centuries until it was rediscovered in the 18th century.

The complex measures 215 x 162 meters (705 x 531 feet), with outer walls measuring 12 meters high (39 feet). Building this big of a complex — and on an island in a lake, of all places — is not an easy feat. It was known that the complex was built by nomadic Uyghurs at some point in the 8th century, but much to the archaeologists’ surprise, the complex appears to have never been used.

More:
https://www.zmescience.com/science/uyghur-archaeology-complex-16062020/

Many illustrations, photos of this complex at google images:
https://tinyurl.com/y8kg2yxh

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Judi Lynn Jun 2020 OP
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stopdiggin Jun 2020 #2
hunter Jun 2020 #3
dugog55 Jun 2020 #4
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niyad Jun 2020 #6
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 01:55 PM

1. cool!

bookmarked for later for sure!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 02:28 PM

2. fascinating!

history meet science -- meet religion and social order ...
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 08:51 AM

3. Built as a Manichaean monastery

The leader of the people who built it was was killed in an anti-Manichaean rebellion in 779.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manichaeism

This religion was extinguished by Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist political leaders, who killed Manichaean clerics and followers by burning them alive, etc.

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Response to hunter (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 09:43 AM

4. Well, that was not a very Christian like action at all.

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Response to dugog55 (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 10:20 AM

5. Yea, they do a lot of stupid stuff like that, look at how they worship tRumpie

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 12:18 PM

6. Another incredible find. Bokmarking. Thank you, as always, for sharing.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 11:15 PM

7. Thanks for links

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