Experts around the world are baffled after a mysterious ancient fortress was found in the middle of a Siberian lake. The ancient fortress — which scholars estimate must have been constructed around 757 A.D. — engulfs an island in the middle of Tere-Khol Lake in the mountains of southern Siberia.
The site, known as Por-Bajin, occupies 3.5 hectares and is considered one of the most mysterious archaeological discoveries in recent history. Researchers noted that Por-Bajin layout was “characteristic of Chinese architecture from the T’ang Dynasty.”
Por-Bajin is considered part of the Republic of Tuva under the Russian Federation. In fact, Por-Bajin means “clay house” in the Tuvan language.
Archaeologists can’t explain why there are no provisions for heating systems in the fortress despite the fact that temperatures there could drop dangerously low.
For all the debates that archaeologists have engaged in, however, no one has been able to answer the questions surrounding Por-Bajin. Who built it? What is it really for? Why was it abandoned? For now, we all just have to wait until the excavations on the site yield more clues.
This is definitely a great find. I wonder what else they’ll find in this intriguing place.
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