Revealing the secret of the 8-ton object after 40 years, related to Qin Shi Huang

Revealing the secret of the 8-ton object after 40 years, related to Qin Shi Huang

The large object was discovered by experts in 1973, but it wasn’t until 40 years later that the truth about it was revealed.

According to Sohu, in the winter of 1973, the authorities of Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China planned to build a large 6-storey telecommunications building in Tianfu Square. They thought it was a “lonely stone” lying alone because Chengdu was located in the plains but sometimes there were large rocks deep in the underground soil.

However, after the sandy soil had been cleared, workers noticed that there were artificial carvings on the rock. More specifically, this object somewhat looks like an animal. Feeling that there was a secret hidden behind it, the construction team quickly reported the situation to the Cultural Relics Department.

By the time the archaeological team arrived at the scene and conducted an investigation, the large object had revealed four legs facing the sky, although it was not possible to draw conclusions about what animal it was. Experts say it’s most likely a “water beast.”

The archaeological team intended to excavate the special object, but the construction team said it was buried quite deep in the ground, the weight was too large to exceed the reach of the cranes at the construction site at that time. Finding the excavation almost impossible, the Sichuan Provincial Department of Cultural Relics decided to maintain the status quo, continuing to build houses on it as originally planned.

The 8-ton object was brought to the ground. Photo by Sohu

“When building a telecommunications building, a stone beast was dug up, but it was too heavy to take out. It has become the foundation of the building,” the book “Studying chengdu historical monuments” that year read,

The mysterious object again “slept deep” in the ground, it was not until 40 years later (i.e. 2013) that the truth about it was revealed. Over time and the impact of nature, the tall telecommunications building no longer keeps up with the development of the times. Therefore, the city government decided to demolish and build the Sichuan Opera House instead.

In 2012, upon learning that the foundation of the theater had been built, the previous archaeological team quickly appeared in hopes of seeing the strange object 40 years ago. As expected, the workers dug about 3m when the object appeared before everyone’s eyes. By early 2013, the excavation process had been completed.

The large object turned out to be the tomb of a giant rhinoceros. According to data recorded by experts, the animal has a length of 3.3m, a height of 1.7m and weighs more than 8 tons, the shape looks extremely sophisticated with round hips, sturdy extremities. However, the pattern carved on the body was somewhat peeled off after years of rain and wind.

Stone rhinos are displayed in the museum. Photo: QQ

According to legend from millions of years ago, ancient people when they saw giant rhinos swimming in the water, rhino horns separated waves like splitting the water line formed the belief of the god of beast capable of water treatment.

Ancient historical records say that the Chengdu Plains during the Qin Dynasty often experienced floods that caused people to go hungry. Qin Shi Huang at the time appointed Li Bingbing to the position of Thai Beast, responsible for water management.

Thoroughly surveying the terrain and hydrology, Li Bingbing tected a huge flow on the MinJiang River, also known as DoJiang, successfully controlling the flood situation that always occurs in the Chengdu Plain. As a result, this land became the richest of the time, the people no longer worried about hunger.

It is known that during this water treatment, Thai Beast Ly Ice has crafted 5 giant rhinos of stone to serve as water animals. Of those, two were taken to Chengdu, while the other three were located in Chengdu.

From the information gathered, experts judged that the 8-ton rhinoceros discovered was most likely one of the “beasts” that the Qin dynasty used to treat water at the time. To date, it is also the largest and earliest detected stone rhinoceros in southwestern China.

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