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Is it possible that aliens landed in China a long time ago following their spaceship's crash, and settled there? Scientists and
archaeologists studied tombs, remains, strange objects, ethnologists spoke to their descent, a linguist translated their
writings, but... as incredible as it sounds, no recent investigation has been made since. The story just served as a plot for an
X-Files episode.
One of the strangest stories dealing with ancient visitors began in 1938 when archaeologist Chi Pu Tei discovered regularly
aligned rows of graves in the Baian Kara Ula mountains near the Sino-Tibetan border. Beneath cave drawings of beings
wearing helmets along with depictions of the stars, sun and moon, small frail skeletons with unusually large skulls were
found. Chi Pu Tei theorized that the skeletons belonged to an extinct species of mountain ape and that the drawings were
left in the caves by human tribes. Since the graves were in systematic rows, his theory was laughed at and forgotten until
1962, when stone plates found among the graves were translated by Professor Tsum Um Nui of the Academy of
Prehistoric Research in Beijing.

The translation told an eerie story of a group of beings that crash-landed on the third planet of this star system about
twelve thousand years ago. Unable to repair their craft, this group attempted to make friends with the mountain tribes but
were hunted down and killed due to their non-human features. Since this account was not compatible with the Western
world-view, it too was dismissed.

In 1938 high in the mountains of BayanKara-Ula, on the borders of China and Tibet a team of archaeologists were
conducting a very detailed routine survey of a series of interlocking caves.

Their interests had been excited by the discovery of lines of neatly arranged graves which contained the skeletons of what
must have been a race of human beings. They appeared to have spindly bodies and large overdeveloped heads. At first it
had been thought that the caves had been the home of a hitherto unknown species of ape. But as the species seemed to
bury its dead they eliminated an ape race.

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 an Stone Age record. There was a hole in the center of and a fine spiral groove
that is a continuous spiraling line of closely written characters.

No one understood the meanings of the message. The disc was labeled and filed away among other finds in the area. For 20
years many experts in Peking tried to translate the disc. Finally Dr. Tsum Um Nui broke the code and started to decipher
the "speaking grooves". The Peking academy of Pre-History forbade him to publish his findings.

In 1965, 716 more grooved stone discs were uncovered in the same caves. They told the story of a "space probe" by the
inhabitants of another planet who came to the Baya-Kara-Ula mountain range. They had crash landed. Their peaceful
intentions had been misinterpreted. Many of them had been hunted down and killed by members of the Han tribe, who
lived in the neighboring caves.

They referred to themselves as the Dropas. They said they came down from the clouds in their space craft. It crashed
landed in remote and inaccessible mountains. There was no way to build a new ship. Legend in the area spoke of small
gaunt yellow faced men who came from the clouds long ago. The men had huge bulging heads and puny bodies. They were
so ugly they were hunted down and killed. This description is similar to the bodies found in the caves.

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 drawings have been dated around 12,000 years ago.

The cave area is still inhabited by 2 semi-troglodyte tribes known as the Hans and the Dropas. These tribes are odd
looking in appearance. They are frail and stunted in growth averaging only about 5 feet in height. They are neither
typically Chinese nor Tibetan.

In Russia several of the rock were tested. The discs 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 thought an electric
charge was passing through them. It is as if they formed some part of an electrical circuit.


1998: Hartwig Hausdorf investigates further and has stunning new information.

1998: Fate Magazine article, the search for the stone discs has some new developments.


Read the details of a fascinating story.

Dr. Saitew's original paper about the Dropas.

Ancient texts might be about the Dropas crash and related events.

Anonymous text from an unidentified source, probably an archeological magazine.

An article from the Mining Co's paranormal web site.

China released an interesting news item in 1995.

Prof. Tsum Um Nui managed to partially decode the stonedisks in 1962.

Dr. Karyl Robin-Evans expedition in 1947.

Chi Pu Tei findings.

A stone disk study.


The stone disks.

Dropas pictures.