World’s oldest pyramid is hidden in an Indonesian mountain, claimed scientists

If there was a pyramid underneath the mountain's rocky layers, it was most likely used as a religious temple.

Indonesian scientists have recently found ancient pyramid- that is hidden in plain sight for thousands of years – buried inside a mountain in Indonesia. Scientists become the first Europeans to discover Gunung (Mount) Padang in the early 20th century, they must have been awestruck by the sheer scale of their ancient stone surroundings.

Scientists claimed that a pyramid-like hill on top of Mount Padang in West Java isn’t natural – it as made by humans thousands of years ago.

According to scientists, there’s a series of channels and chambers belonging to a 10,000-year-old pyramid buried underneath Gunung Padang in West Java. They believe Gunung Padang’s layers of rocks were man-made and its slopes span at least 150,000 square meters of land.

World's oldest pyramid is hidden in an Indonesian mountain, claimed scientists
Image: (Danny Hilman Natawidjaja)

The exploration proves that the structure does not cover just the top but also wrap around the slopes covering about 15 hectares area at least.

Scientists noted, “The structures are not only superficial but rooted into greater depth.”

Researchers Danny Hilman Natawidjaja told Live Science, “It’s a unique temple. It’s not like the surrounding topography, which is very much eroded. This looks very young. It looked artificial to us.”

Scientists used an array of techniques to peer underground including ground-penetrating radar surveys, X-ray tomography, 2D and 3D imaging, core drilling, and excavations — the researchers gradually uncovered several layers of a sizable structure. It spread over an area of around 15 hectares (150,000 square meters) and had been built up over millennia, with layers representing different periods.

At the very top were pillars of basalt rocks framing step terraces, with other arrangements of rock columns forming walls, paths, and spaces. They estimated this layer to be about 3,000 to 3,500 years old.

World's oldest pyramid is hidden in an Indonesian mountain, claimed scientists
Image: (Danny Hilman Natawidjaja)

Scientists noted, “Underneath the surface, to a depth of about 10 feet (3 m), was the second layer of similar rock columns, thought to be 7,500 to 8,300 years old. And a third layer, extending 49 feet (15 m) below the surface, is more than 9,000 years old; it could even date to 28,000 years ago.”

This new research presented at the AGU 2018 Fall Meeting in Washington, DC.

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