Dropa Stones: History of an alien race
By Anand Balaji
IN 1938, HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS of Bayan-Kara-Ula on the borders of China and Tibet, a team of archaeologists who were conducting a routine survey of a series of interlocking caves stumbled upon what is probably one of the most intriguing and controversial finds known to man.
At first glance, no one paid much attention to the lines of neatly arranged graves, which contained the skeletons of what must have been a race of beings with spindly bodies and large heads. The archaeologists concluded that the caves had been the home of a hitherto unknown species of ape. But the presence of graves quickly made the scientists change their minds.
While studying the skeletons one of the members of the team stumbled on a large round stone disc, half-buried in the dust on the floor of the cave. The disc looked like a Stone Age record! There was a hole in the center and a fine groove that was a continuous spiraling line of closely written characters.
Sadly, the writings were indecipherable; so there was no way of learning who or what lay in the mysterious graves. Soon the disc was labelled and filed away among others finds from the area.
After 20 years, following many years of research, a certain Dr. Tsum Un Nui claimed to have broken the weird code found on the discs. He revealed that the markings were “speaking grooves”. However, the Peking academy of Pre-history forbade the scholar from publishing his findings. That seemed to be the end of the tale — but it was not to be.
Later in 1965, a total of 716 more grooved stone discs were recovered from the same chain of caves. What experts read on them was baffling. The markings on the discs spoke of a “space probe” by the inhabitants of another planet who called themselves the ‘Dropa’. Their mission was unsuccessful, and the beings crash landed in the mountain range. The frightened Han tribesmen of the area, who failed to understand the peaceful intentions of these aliens, hunted and killed them one by one.
Strangely, legends from the area spoke of small, gaunt, yellow-faced men who “came from the clouds long ago”. These men were said to have huge, bulging heads and puny bodies.
On the walls of the caves, archaeologists found crude pictures of the rising Sun, the Moon, unidentifiable stars, and the Earth — all joined together by lines of pea-sized dots. The cave art was estimated at being painted around 12,000 BC.
When the Chinese government relented and the discs were tested in Russia, they were found to contain large amounts of cobalt and other metallic substances.
When placed on a special turntable they vibrated or hummed in an unusual rhythm, as though an electric charge was passing through them. It was if the stone discs formed some part of an electrical circuit.
This spectacular find has never fully been understood, and many Chinese scholars have called the stone discs nothing more than an elaborate hoax by some mischief mongers.
Whatever the truth may be, does it answer the question: Are we alone in the universe?