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Here is what we know:
- The stone comes from Chandra in Bashkortostan, part of the Russian Federation.
- The stone is about 6 inches thick.
- The bottom layer is cement or ceramic.
- The middle layer is diopside glass enriched with silicon to make it stronger.
- The top layer is porcelain which is what gives it the “sheen” from diffusing the light and adds a layer of protection.
- The stone weighs about a ton.
- The stone is hard to date. Two shells were found in it, one dated to 120 millions years, the other to 500 million. (The older one was most certainly petrified at the time the slab was created. So the younger one may have been too.) Russian experts are going with 120 million years old, but I have seen a date of 50 million years. Either date would be exceptional. Another estimate puts it at 3000 years.
- The stone has an uncanny resemblance to a region of the Ural Mountains in Russia.
- Researchers at both Bashkirskiy State University and Moscow State University are conducting research on the stone.
- Some reports indicate this is one of several (some sources say up to 200) such stones.
This is what Professor Alexander Chuvyrov of Bashkirskiy State University is saying:
“At first, we could not imagine the map was so ancient. Happily, relief of today’s Bashkiria has not changed so much within millions of years. We could identify Ufa Height, while Ufa Canyon is the main point of our proofs, because we carried out geological studies and found its track where it must be according to the ancient map. Displacement of the canyon happened because of tectonic stabs which moved from East. The group of Russian and Chinese specialists in the field of cartography, physics, mathematics, geology, chemistry, and Old Chinese language managed to precisely find out that the slab contains the map of Ural region, with rivers Belya, Ufimka, Sutolka,” – Alexander Chuvyrov said while showing the lines on the stone to the journalists. – You can see Ufa Canyon – the break of the earth’s crust, stretched out from the city of Ufa to the city of Sterlitimak. At the moment, Urshak River runs over the former canyon.”
As shown below, Professor Chuvyrov believes there are canals, dams and other environmental alterations depicted on the map.
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Further, Professor Chuvyrov believes he has found inscriptions on the stone, but as yet these are undecipherable.
Primary arguments against the stone as a map:
- The stone could be due to natural layering—not a man-made process. (If so, this would be the only example of this particular layering of sediments.)
- An advanced civilization with air travel would be required to make it and we have no evidence of this. (Ah, but we may have just such artifacts. See next blog for other artifacts reported to be millions to billions of years old.)
When I first saw the Dashka Stone map, I thought it must be a natural stone that coincidentally suggested an area of the Urals. Now I am not so sure and do think it was human-made. But, whether 120 million or 3000 years old, it is remarkable as it does suggest air travel and monumental earth works—dams and canals—we would not expect to find in that area or era.