by Mark & Richard Wells

from EarthQuest Website




















While searching through some satellite images of the Xian area, we came across one that appeared to have an arrow on it, we thought strange having an arrow on the ground. On closer inspection we realized that we had found one of the Chinese pyramids, the point of the arrow was really two of the corners of the pyramid and the shaft was a roadway.

The original image has a cloud haze covering the whole area, resulting in a very low contrast image. Even so the main pyramid is clearly visible with a smaller pyramid just up to its left. We now used the computer to enhance the image, allowing us to see more detail. There now appeared to be possibly two more pyramids off to the right hand side of the main one.


The next task was to see if this pyramid matched any of the ones that had been already photographed by Hartwig Hausdorf. At first we thought no, but we had missed out the old black and white photo from 1947. This image seemed to match perfectly, as you will see.


First the basic shape of the pyramid is the same with a flat square top, and the sides also seem to have the same indent at their centre. At the front there is a centre path/road leading away from the pyramid, with two patches of trees, one on either side. The left hand one is not squared of with the pyramid but has a slight diagonal edge towards the centre path that can be seen in both images. One square of trees is missing but all the other shaped areas in front of the pyramid are correct. The objects (trees or houses) in the rear of the pyramid can also be seen in the image.

The other nice thing about this image is, we know exactly where it was taken. As you can see on the map
("click" HERE) the original large image cover an area that includes the township of Xian yang. That puts the Pyramid where the letter 'n' is in name Xian yang on the Map.


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During our ongoing research in latter part of 1998 we had been using the Internet to search for information on ancient sites around the world. We came across a web site that had new information about Chinese Pyramids. The site had an article by Hartwig Hausdorf called The Exterritorial Legacy, this article gives his own ideas on the origin of the pyramids. The site had a number of Photographs that were taken by the author Hartwig Hausdorf, when he was able to gain access to a number of locations in China that are normally of limits to visitors.


This is one of main reasons that so little is know about them, The Pyramids are located in a 100km area around the city Xian, which is well known as the location of the terracotta warriors. These Warriors guard another pyramidal mound that is supposed to be tomb of Chin, the first emperor of China. There could be up to 100 pyramids in this part of China.

As there was no survey available for this site or any of the other Pyramid sites in China, we had no choice but to work on the small amount of material that was available. One of the photographs shows a number of pyramids that appear to show some
alignment. We decided that this photograph was worthy of closer examination.


Using computer technology we first enlarged and enhanced the photo, then printed it out on two A3 sheets, this allowed us to work out an approximate layout of the pyramids on the ground.


We now needed to know the cardinal directions relative to the layout of the pyramids. As there was no information available, this might have been a problem. The solution was in part of the enlarged photograph. You can roughly work out the height and therefore the position of the sun by using the length of the shadows made by the trees (about 32 degrees). Now transferring this information and the reference to information form the photographer's article to a Dos version of Skyglobe on the computer, we find it is about 14.30 Hrs in the afternoon and the Sun is in the Southwest. With this information we get an idea of the alignment of the site, with the four central pyramids lying on the east- west axis.

Now with the sky ground ideas of Graham Hancock's in his books "Heavens Mirror", and "Keeper Of Genesis", as well as Robert G. Bauval Orion Giza ideas in "The Orion Mystery" fresh in our minds. We studied a number of star maps and the prominent star constellations. It was not hard to notice that our plan of the pyramid layout matched the constellation of Gemini, including the star Betelgeuse from the neighboring constellation of Orion. Also the photograph appears as if it has been taken from the top of another pyramid, if we add this to the plan then you find that it matches the brightest star in Taurus, Aldebaran.


Now with all this new information we used Skyglobe on the computer to examine this area of the sky backwards through time and more specifically to the date of 10,500 B.C.. Graham Hancock ideas have shown that this date may have some importance in unraveling the past. We find that the constellation of Gemini is rising on the spring equinox on that date, with the pyramids matching the sky, at sunrise.


This was all done with some computer technology and some technical drawing experience, it should be treated as theory at the moment. The only way to confirm our ideas it is to do a professional site survey. We have posted these to get your opinion on our idea as this may help compound the theory of Graham Hancock.


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With new information and photographs becoming available, we found a second connection with the work of Graham Hancock and Robert G. Bauval, and the Chinese Pyramids.

Perhaps you have already seen the two Photorecon pictures of the Pyramids in China that appeared on the web, if not then at least you are now aware of them. Having looked at the two pictures we can see that they are not of the areas photographed by Hartwig Hausdorf. We can only guess at their true size though we get some impression by the agricultural field systems that can be seen around them.

We can now take a closer look at the second one, this is a close up from the first photo showing some of the bigger Pyramids. There are a number of basic observations that we can make from this picture, the first is that there are two large pyramids that stand out from the rest. The second observation is that most of the smaller pyramids are arranged in straight lines. The third observation that we can make is possibly less obvious, but could be very important in the understanding of the pyramids. The four largest pyramids create a pattern on the ground; three of them are in a straight line with the forth one being slightly offset.

Now if we concentrate on the two larger pyramids and the offset pyramid we find a pattern that has been seen in the pyramids of Giza in Egypt and Teotihuacán in Mexico (by Robert Bauval and Graham Handcock). Now with a basic graphics program we can compare the four images Giza, Teotihuacán (see "Teotihuacán"), China and the Stars of Orion's belt.

China Pyramids

Gyze Pyramids

Teotihuacán Pyramids


Details of Orion

This can be taken one step further by overlaying all the images to form just one image, the result as you can see is very striking...

This is the second sky ground correlation that we have found in the pyramids of china, we can only guess at the number of other sites that if studied in this way would show similar results. If you find this as fascinating as we do and you won't to find out more, then you should look at the web sites of the founders of these theories, Robert G. Bauval and Graham Hancock.

You will need to take into account that these pictures and facts are very rough. The Ancient Egyptians and Chinese only had their eyes to look at the stars in the constellation of Orion, so you can see that being precise to the arc minute and second does not matter in this early work!. The concept of a sky ground correlation is what we are trying to explore at the moment.

These ideas could be coincidences, but if they are not then they could be revealing a lost knowledge of past civilizations.


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