The Dashka Stone, now also known as The Map of the Creator, has attracted lots of attention over the recent years. It was discovered in eastern Russia, particularly Chandra in Bashkortostan back in 1999 by Professor Alexander Chuvyrov.
At first, it seemed like an ordinary piece of stone. But at a closer look, this artifact actually depicts a three-dimensional map of the Ural region. The protruding elements represent the mountains, while the cracks stand for the river line. What’s more interesting about it is that it also shows some civil engineering work. Not only that. It also has representations of irrigation systems as well as dams, which supposedly prove that there was already civilization back then. This made the slab even more controversial.
The map is said to be the oldest one. Many believe that it is over 100 million years old. But how could that be possible? Some people argue that civilization was not yet around during that time. This is what questions the true age of the Dashka Stone Map including what it is representing. So, what’s the truth about it? Was it really made millions of years ago? Is it artificial or of natural origin? What’s the mystery surrounding it?
There are various speculations and theories regarding the origin of the Dashka Stone. Some say that it is just another ordinary stone, which was formed naturally and that it coincidentally looks like the mountainous Ural region. However, some studies negate this belief. Scientists have conducted extensive research to unveil the truth about the famous Dashka Stone map.
It Was Formed Naturally
To some people, the cracks on the stone look natural. It just so happen that they were formed looking like the Ural region. The system of cracks really does not have anything to do with the rivers in Bashkortostan. Again, we have to take note that stones or rocks are formed in different ways. They could have layers of minerals, and this is something that is no longer surprising.
In the case of the Dashka Stone, the cracks and their angles are of natural origin. After all, if it was really a map, there is no way that it is already 120 million years old. How could they have a highly advanced civilization back then?
If you personally look at the mysterious stone, you can find a huge irrigation system and numerous dams. This is something that today’s humankind won’t be able to accomplish that easily even if they utilize state-of-the-art tools and equipment. So how was it possible for those earthwork to exist millions of years ago?
Additionally, radiocarbonic analysis was conducted, but this did not determine the real age of the stone because it won’t work on something that is more that 46,000 years old. Other types of tests were carried out, but they were also unreliable, leaving the true age of the slab unclear up to these days.
It Is real
On the other hand, a group of researchers claim that the Dashka Stone is, indeed, a map. They tested the slab, and they have proven that the cracks and the elevations were artificially made to depict the entire Ural region. It consists of three layers (dolomite ceramic, porcelain, and diopside glass), which is very unlikely to occur naturally. That’s another proof that the slab was really made and used as a map many years ago.
As for the age, the researchers found a pair of shells that got stuck on the stone itself. This finding proves that the slab is really 120 million years old.
Furthermore, they were not able to find any signs that the carvings were done using some tools. They then concluded that those were made through bare hands. Again, this conclusion was questioned. According to Professor Chuvyrov, it is impossible for such an artifact to be created without using high-precision tools or some sort of a machine. As a proof, they have taken x-ray photographs. The question is, how could they have advanced tools to create the map during the ancient times?
Another mystery about the Dashka Stone map is the ancient Chinese vertical inscriptions. One would think that those were made by the ancient Chinese. But then again, this was negated when the professor visited the empire library. He was not able to find a single writing that matches what’s on the slab.
Several efforts were made to look for the origin of the inscriptions, but those were to no avail. The characters are hieroglyphic-syllabic, but that is all they have. Up to this day, researchers have no explanation what those characters signify, except for one sign that refers to the city of Ufa. Other than that, the rest remain to be a mystery.
Right now, the said artifact is being studied at the Bashkirskiy and Moscow State University. Researchers are trying their best to find the answers to the many questions that surround the Dashka Stone map. Was it formed naturally or is it real? The mystery continues…