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These are burial tombs, dating to the Kofun period (circa 300 - 710 AD).  I only mention them here because of their immense size and multitude, Japan has over 10,000 mound tombs.  The largest is the Daisen Kofun, above, which has the common kofun keyhole shape, and is 35 metres high and an incredible 486 metres in length.  Situated in the city of Sakai, 92 other kofun can be found within six square miles.

Built in the fifth and sixth centuries, are 311 burial mounds like this one,  near the village of Saitobaru.

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Candi Sukuh



Not a lot is known about this site, except that it has the only pyramidal temple in Southeast Asia, and dates to 1416 - 1459 AD.  As well as bearing an uncanny resemblance to Central American pyramids, there is also a twin-headed serpent, as discussed in Chapter XX.


Xian was for a long time the capital of Ancient China.  It has become a popular tourist destination for Westerners since the discovery of the "Terracotta Warriors".   The evidence of local pyramids is scant, due to the Chinese Government and its 'forbidden zones' surrounding the city of Xian in the Shensi Province.  These zones are off-limits to foreigners, probably due to military and/or space program bases in the area.  Within these zones there are possibly 100 pyramids, and some adventurers have managed to photograph a few them:

The black and white photo was taken by James Gaussman,  an American pilot, at the end of WW II (the others are by Mr Hausdorf).

These are not stone pyramids, nor earth mounds, but a combination of the two - made of earth and clay, shaped like pyramids with flattened tops (the same technique as Teotiuhuacan).  It is rumoured that in recent times the Chinese Government ordered the planting of trees on the pyramids as a way of disguising them as regular hills, or at least their making their shape harder to discern. New Zealand author Bruce Cathie sought information on their exact locations, so he could fit them into his Harmonic Grid.  After initially denying their existence outright, the Chinese officials eventually conceded that there are some "trapezoidal tombs" [i] .

According to Hartwig Hausdorf [ii] , they differ in size from between 25 to 100 metres in height, with the exception of one, the Great White Pyramid.  It is situated to the north, in the valley of Qin Lin, and is possibly the world's largest pyramid, with an approximate height of 300 metres (twice the size of Egypt's largest).

Update! - In 2004 Chris Maier studied satellite images of the Xian region, found the same pyramids as Hausdorf, and then went there and took a look. Turns out that they are not in a "forbidden zone", are quite well known, and any tourist can take a look, or even climb the biggest pyramid for free! Read his article

Update! - In 2002-2007, Emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb (home of the terracotta warriors) was proven (using radar and other remote sensing technologies) to be more than a earth mound - underneath the dirt is a four-sided, nine-stepped pyramid, very similar to those in Central America. Read more at Channel 4, and - the image below is the shape they believe the pyramid takes.

Russia - Brat & Sestra, nr Nakhodka

320 metres high each, they were until recently in a military zone. Today they are being mined (or could that be a cover for treasure hunting?) - which explains why the top has been removed from one of them. More at Flip Coppins site


Andong step pyramid, is the best one of pyramids survived being undestroyed in South Korea, is located at soktapri, andong, korea, in the northern valley of Mt. Hakka, 30 km road away from Andong. 13.2 meters by 12.7 meters square and about 4.5 meters high


When Captain Cook visited Tahiti, he described the Marae of Mahaiatea as having a stepped pyramid with a base of 259 by 85 feet.  Unfortunately all that remains today is a pile of stones. This drawing comes from the 1799 book The Voyage of McDuff.

Western Samoa

On the island of Savai'i you can find Polynesia's largest ancient structure, the Pulemelei Mound.  The Lonely Planet guide for Samoa describes it:

This large pyramid measures 61 metres by 50 metres at the base and rises in two tiers to a height of more than 12 metres.  It is almost squarely oriented with the compass directions..  Smaller mounds and platforms are found in four directions away from the main structure.  There is a relatively large platform about 40 metres north of the main pyramid and connected to it by a stone walkway.

Unfortunately the jungle there is almost uncontrollable.  The pyramid has been cleared on several occasions, but when I studied it in 1996 it was overgrown and difficult to locate.  So much so, that it was only when I kicked a stone embedded in the top platform did I realise I had found it! The bottom right corner of the photo is the pyramid. UPDATE: Since 2002 the site has been cleared and studied by experts. New pictures and information.



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(03.11.2004, 22:27)

Just Some Thoughts:
Well, it seems like people all over the world have the same idea; and astronomical/astrological science and mathematics come into play, in all cultures similarly... And, it seems like the only structures that remain standing through the tests of time (i.e. pole shifts, and such); are large group built "mounds", and that almost all of those are made out of NATURAL products, like stone, clay, mica, earth, etc...
(16.12.2004, 23:06)

Pyramids, it has been observed in the desert W. of Giza that natural wind erosion on rock formations creates pyramid shaped forms, thus the Egyptians were only copying a natural subject to reproduce near the river. - - Is the above true? Who knows, for like much of what we refer to as Ancient facts, in reality they are just mere speculations. Maybe good speculation but speculation non the less!
(25.12.2004, 16:01)

I think it is strange that the pyramid found in indonesia resembles alot like the central american pyramid,it's probably the only pyramid that's very mexican design not in central america.Who built this pyramid, who spread this same design half way around the world?
(10.03.2005, 21:43)

Manuel Alderete:
The pyramid-temple in Java does bear a striking resemblance to the temple at El Tajin in eastern Mexico. The one in Mexico is older than the one in Java by about 900 years. (500 A.D. vs 1400 A.D.) - - If there was a "spreading of this style," we would have to believe that it came from Mexico, and that the people there said to themselves, "let's spread this style of Mexico out into the world, but let's wait 900 years before we do it. Okay guys, you're gonna remember this right?" - - Plus, the one in Java only allows a single individual to ascend at at time, while El Tajin allows multiple people to walk up a staircase. - - To say that a certain pyramid in Mexico is "not in Mexican style" is a bit off. No two pyramids in Mexico are exactly the same in style and size! - - There are round ones, square ones, skinny ones, fat ones...even a combination of these traits at once. Pyramid building in Mexico starts around 900 B.C., and the array of diversity of pyramids over the last 3,000 years is to be expected of any civilization.
(31.03.2005, 14:25)

Manuel Alderete:
One more thing: - - I couldn't help but notice that the pyramid-temple in Java is surrounded by a square walled system that resembles that of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I don't recognize any of the symbols on the stones from Mexican symbology. The doubleheaded serpent in Mexico is one continuous serpent, while the one I see here at Java is two separate serpents facing each other.
(31.03.2005, 14:41)

Candi (temple) Sukuh in java is really like little mayan pyramid!!Why? I dont know.. It lies nearby Mt Lawu (considered as mystical mountain; people go up there to meditate etc)- Hindu erotic style temple; with alot of symbol of lingga yoni (penis and vagina) -- all erect. - - But if you draw a line between those pyramid, you 'll find something mysterious. If you connected the constelations during each pyramids was built, something too...
(13.05.2005, 17:01)

far too much evidence across continents and oceans there must have been far greater contact in ancient times than we are led to believe - supporting evidence is found in the autopsy of a mummy in Egypt carried out by British scientists tests revealed traces of cocaine in the mummys system such cocaine could only have come from the South Americas
(20.05.2005, 05:36)

The ancient indians had a great deal of knowledge about astronomy, they have a powerful ayuervedic medical tradition that survives and is used today, their holy texts describe the ascension of God through evolution from fish to man, and they knew much about mathematics. how could they have developed all this knowledge without "technology"?
(31.05.2005, 12:58)

I think you should do some research on the underwater pyramids in Okinawa. It is a serioues archeological site, and the existence of the pyramids has puzzled quite a few archeologists. Just look it up and e-mail me if you want to discuss it, or if you find something else; you seem to be quite well connected.
(19.09.2005, 22:22)

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[i] The Bridge to Infinity, Bruce Cathie, 1983, Adventures Unlimited Press, Stelle, IL, USA




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