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 The Xianyang Pyramids  -  by Mark & Richard Wells

View Larger Image     While searching through some satellite images of the Xi'an 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 realised 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.

View Larger Image     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.

View Larger Image     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.

View Larger Image     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.

View Larger Image     The other nice thing about this image is, we know exactly where it was taken. As you can see on the map the original large image cover an area that includes the township of Xianyang. That puts the Pyramid where the letter 'n' is in name Xianyang on the Map.

View Larger Image     Finally to give you an idea of the size of the pyramid we have created an image with an airfield and Xi'an Football Stadium on it. These are all from nearby images and on the same scale as the Pyramid.

Last Updated 6th november, 2001

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