Mercury is the quixotic bad boy of the periodic table – exquisitely beautiful, but deadly. The ancients believed it was the “first matter” from which all other metals were formed. Yet it is now in such disfavour that an international treaty exists to curb its use.
It is easy to see why mercury holds such fascination. It is the only metal to be liquid at room temperature. It is also one of the few things that reacts with that most alluring of all the elements: gold
So why can we find it in the most unusual places? Does it have other properties that we are unaware of? Could it be used to open portals?
Mercury Lake of The Chinese Emperor:
A massive tomb which includes the remaining 6,000 terracotta soldiers and the rest of Qin Shi Huang’s colossal burial site was discovered in Xi’an, China.
China’s first emperor was buried over two thousand years ago in the most opulent tomb complex ever made in China.
Even its protection system is impressive – an underground moat of poisonous mercury.
It contains a sprawling city-size collection of underground caverns containing everything the emperor would need for the afterlife. The Qin emperor chose to bury clay reproductions of his armies, concubines, administrators and servants with him in the tomb.
The big hill, where the emperor is buried — nobody’s been in there,’ archaeologist Kristin Romey, curatorial consultant for the Terracotta Warrior exhibition at New York City’s Discovery Times Square told website Livescience.
‘Partly it’s out of respect for the elders, but they also realize that nobody in the world right now has the technology to properly go in and excavate it.’
Archaeologists are being kept on a leash until new technologies have been developed that can safely uncover precious artifacts without disturbing them.
The issue that is preventing archaeologists from diving into the central tomb that holds Qin’s palace is a moat of hazardous mercury that is thought to surround Qin’s central burial spot.
Mercury in Teotihuacan
An archaeologist has discovered liquid mercury at the end of a tunnel beneath a Mexican pyramid, a finding that could suggest the existence of a king’s tomb or a ritual chamber far below one of the most ancient cities of the Americas.
Mexican researcher Sergio Gómez announced that he had discovered “large quantities” of liquid mercury in a chamber below the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, the third largest pyramid of Teotihuacan, the ruined city in central Mexico
Gómez has spent six years slowly excavating the tunnel, which was unsealed in 2003 after 1,800 years. Last November, Gómez and a team announced they had found 3 chambers at the tunnel’s 300ft end, almost 60ft below the temple. Near the entrance of the chambers, they found a trove of strange artefacts: jade statues, jaguar remains, a box filled with carved shells and rubber balls.
Slowly working their way down the broad, dark and deep corridor beneath the pyramid, battling humidity and now obliged to wear protective gear against the dangers of mercury poisoning, Gómez and his team are meticulously exploring the three chambers.
Mercury is toxic and capable of devastating the human body through prolonged exposure; the liquid metal had no apparent practical purpose for ancient Mesoamericans.
Mercury is a poisonous substance, yet rather fascinating. Could it be the prime chemical used to build the alien crafts? Maybe! We still have to discover many archaeological sites, probably filled with hidden and forgotten technology.