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Liquid Mercury Found At Teotihuacan

Liquid mercury has been found in large quantities beneath the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent at Teotihuacan, Mexico. Archaeologist Sergio Gómez has spent the past six years excavating a tunnel that had been opened in 2003, the first time in 1800 years. Mercury has only been found at three other sites in Central America, two Maya and one Olmec.

Gómez suspects his team is close to finding a royal tomb, and that the liquid mercury may have formed a river or lake. Annabeth Headreck, a professor at the University of Denver, agrees:

“[The liquid mercury could symbolise] an underworld river, not that different from the river Styx, if only in the concept that it’s the entrance to the supernatural world and the entrance to the underworld.

Mirrors were considered a way to look into the supernatural world, they were a way to divine what might happen in the future. It could be a sort of river, albeit a pretty spectacular one.

Aside from the mercury, excavations have found chambers containing thousands of objects, including jade statues, jaguar remains, and carved shells. In 2013, archaeologists used a camera-equipped robot to discover hundreds of spheres they dubbed “disco balls.” No human remains have been found so far.

Tombs with rivers of mercury aren’t unique to Central America. China has its own pyramids (more earth mounds than masoned stone) near the ancient capital of Xian. A stone’s throw away, buried deep beneath one such pyramid mound and surrounded by terracotta armies, the tomb of China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang is rumoured to have… wait for it… rivers of mercury. The presence of mercury, and the possibility of deadly traps that would make even Indiana Jones wary, presents problems for Chinese archaeologists who have yet to excavate the tomb (mostly out of respect). Qin Shi Huang was obsessed with immortality, and mercury it seems, swallowing mercury pills believing it would extend his lifespan. Curiously, ancient Chinese geomancy apparently considered the landscape surrounding the tomb to be in the shape of a dragon, with the Emperor’s tomb itself being the eye of the dragon. Feathered serpent?

Huang Tomb China Emperor Pyramid Mercury

Is it a coincidence pyramid tombs containing liquid mercury can be found in such diverse and distant cultures as China and Central America? Perhaps not, as there’s evidence suggesting the Shang Dynasty (1600 to 1050 BCE) had contact with the Americas. In 1996, Dr Mike Xu presented research showing the striking similarities between written characters found on Olmec statuary with that of the Shang, as well as the fascination both cultures had with jade. Unfortunately, his research has disappeared from the Texas Christian University’s archives.

Fortunately, a terrific paper by David Kaufman, PhD in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Kansas, is available online. Did Ancient China Influence the Olmec? covers much of the same territory Dr Xu did and is a fascinating read well worth your time. Additionally, Pre-Columbiana: A Journal of Long-Distance Contacts also covers the topic and raises plenty of questions.

Theories of Chinese contact with Pre-Columbian America aren’t new. In 1953, American researcher (and WWII codebreaker) Henriette Mertz self-published her book Pale Ink: Two Ancient Records of Chinese Exploration In America. Mertz believed a 5th century account by a Buddhist missionary describing the legendary land of Fusang was in fact Central America. The book was published in a second-edition in 1972. However, Sinologist Joseph Needham wasn’t impressed, writing that Mert’s theories “require a heroic suspension of disbelief.”

Whether there is a link between ancient China and the cultures of Central America remains to be seen. Regardless, there’s an exciting mystery unfolding at Teotihuacan. Liquid mercury and disco balls — the people who built Teotihuacan must have had some interesting parties!

Pyramid Feathered Serpent Teotihuacan Mexico

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  1. Nothing new under the sun…
    As the quote goes what you might think is new was already thought of by others and does not mean a collaboration.

    “Is it a coincidence pyramid tombs containing liquid mercury can be found in such diverse and distant cultures as China and Central America?”

    This is obviously a coincidence. Was there liquid mercury found in any other Chinese tomb? Was there liquid mercury found in tombs in say Vietnam, Korea, Japan or any other country on China’s doorstep?


        1. easily seen by your
          easily seen by your response.

          caduceus coil symbol is as old if not older than alexander and the known chinese dynasties.
          caduceus using mercury gas is a mhd motor and generator combined.
          but one must first have a high enough iq to understand science.

          1. Please, guys
            First of all, welcome to The Grail, robomont.

            Secondly, since you are new, allow me to give you some ground rules when it comes to the TDG community: We do not exert any kind of censorship or restrictions on the comments, provided they hold a modicum of courtesy toward the other members.

            Implying that people who happen to disagree with you have a low IQ is not precisely courteous, now is it? 😉



          2. yes you are
            yes you are correct.
            how should i have answered to such a comment?

            i have been trying to spread this message and seem to get the same rude replies at many forums.these folks never scientifically challenge me,just belittle me.
            so i get defensive.
            i welcome scientific scrutiny though.if you or anyone finds a fault in my theory of operation.then please bring it up.but so far only about 4 people have taken me on,and i benefitted from their advice.

            thankyou for your kind reply.

          3. Rude replies
            You’ve seen the video of Zahi making a fool of himself in front of Hancock. It takes a while (sometimes years, sometimes decades) but if outsiders keep providing enough evidence, in the end they get vindicated 😉



          4. the round balls of jarosite
            the round balls of jarosite were used to absorb mercury jarosite is a sulphur compound and sulphur absorbs mercury spills.
            by absorbing the vapor.the mercury is not allowed to form more toxic and explosive compounds.Imho.

    1. Egypt

      Named after the fastest-moving planet in the solar system, mercury has been known to humanity for ages. In fact, evidence of its use has been found in China, India and Egypt, and traces of mercury were found in 3,500-year-old Egyptian tombs. [Source]

      Many websites mention the Egyptian tombs tidbit, but unfortunately without any references.

  2. Small World After All
    Mercury ties in neatly with the major themes of Alexander the Great’s life, those being the obsession with immortality and conquest of the entire world, as well as flight and travel to the underworld. In my book on Alexander, I showed that he literally fulfilled his desire for world conquest. He undoubtedly reached China (as is claimed in legend), because the first emperor of China, Qin, was in fact his biological grandson! Did he also assume dominion over the Americas, and is this the “Underworld” referred to in the Alexander legends? If so, he still wouldn’t have traveled there by way of a space-ship. Regardless, a basic understanding of the association between mercury and flight (as well as long-life through relativistic motion) was evidently still preserved in some mythic/symbolic form in Alexander’s time.

    The sequel to the above Alexander book (covering the period of Ptolemy III of Egypt, Ashoka of India and Qin of China) is now in draft form and out for review. Aiming for a release date later this year.

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