55 Curious stories from a scientist from the mountains of Light p.5
The search for gold coins or silver or copper or bronze is certainly very exciting. But it's even more interesting to find old and even ancient Arab travel guides and search for lost cities through them. The times of the Silk Road. You're walking through the desert ... nothing is visible except the sands, rocks, a dull relief ... and suddenly ... you launch a drone and you see that it's not dull sands but the city ... the remains of the city.
The directions of hydraulic structures, canals, reservoirs, and some structures are being traced. But while you are on earth, you do not see this.
Sometimes you go along a ridge ... along a barely noticeable road, rather even a path and here on a ledge of a rock ... you can see the remains of stone ruins. This once in the 14th century was an Arabian caravanserai. To search in the remains of stone ruins in summer is a dangerous business. There snakes chose a place for themselves. Lords of the mountains and steppes. They even eat cobras, other snakes. They do not crawl, but walk like a tractor, an adult snake reaches a length of 3-4 meters. When thrown, it can knock down an adult man.
But in December it's easier to search, but it's cold. You need to take insurance with you.
I found a couple of times in such caravanserais, dried wells and in them old wooden chests and cards. Ancient cards. After all, it is interesting what cards were in Small-An, 600 years ago. These were not familiar maps with a degree grid, with directions to the north. It's just a map, with a direction to the south ... with reference to some kind of "symbol-labels" then known - mountains or villages that already had other names in the 20th and 21st centuries and sometimes even ceased to exist.
So try to find what is indicated on such a map? After all, the relief has changed, and the direction of the rivers, lakes have dried up, the mountains have changed their outlines ... settlements have disappeared. I repeat, this is my mistake. But this is from excitement.
Nevertheless, having overlaid with old maps and road builders for 300-400 years, I managed to find these tips in half a year. My path lay from the mountains to the foothill steppe. Parallel to the northern ridge of the Sveta mountains, there was an ancient road known from the 10th century AD, opposite the 2-golden-apple-tree mountain gorge, the map was Chinese ... (here it must be taken into account that it was different in different eras and in length).
I went around the remains of the ancient canal that led me to the hill, it already swam strongly, but on its top, the ruins were clearly visible ...
It was an Arab fort, a customs post, on the border between the steppe and mountains. This form was mentioned in the Chinese road builder of the sunset of the Tan Empire ...
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Armed with geophysical equipment, I found voids there ... Having received permission from the local administration, we drove an excavator ... after two days of searching, in addition to broken ceramics and a handful of silver coins, we found the remains of an ancient map ...
The restoration of which took 11 months ... having received a copy in my hands, I spent another 3 years to find another place ... whether it was 55 or so from the original place ...
In the desert ... the outlines of salt lakes, two ... were preserved ... and there, near the shore, a preserved entrance to the underground mine was discovered ...
... it was not deep ... 15-17 meters long ... and there, under a treasured stone, there was another card on the skin ... which took another year to restore.
And this map pointed to the top of Mount Seven Fingers, which was located on the southern ridge of the Svet Mountains ... a karst cave was discovered there ... and another map ... that led to Keder.
But Keder is now in another country ... there local historians have long found her, purely random and she was posted in the electronic archive of the center for the study of the Silk Road. But the cardholders themselves were not aware that this card was a piece of a big puzzle ... Well, I copied it. Using a GIS software product, we performed a layer-by-layer analysis ... and found a hint ... that another map lies with us again.
The map was located in the Pistachio mountains ... near the village of Sweet Apricot. I had to search ... found a map in the hollow of an ancient tree, which was already 1200 years old ...
- And what's next? Intrigued?
- What were the results of this search ????
- What did you find?
Wait, not all at once ... the studies are long, sometimes the research process itself is more exciting than the result itself ?!
- What? So you didn't find anything?
But why? Found it! So much so that my eyes bulged out and my tongue fell out of my mouth! Were astounded by this grand find!