Published at 11th of September 2019 08:10:07 AM
Chapter 55

The search for gold coins or silver or copper or bronze is certainly very exciting . But it's even more interesting to find old and even ancient Arab travel guides and search for lost cities through them . The times of the Silk Road . You're walking through the desert . . . nothing is visible except the sands, rocks, a dull relief . . . and suddenly . . . you launch a drone and you see that it's not dull sands but the city . . . the remains of the city .

The directions of hydraulic structures, canals, reservoirs, and some structures are being traced . But while you are on earth, you do not see this .

Sometimes you go along a ridge . . . along a barely noticeable road, rather even a path and here on a ledge of a rock . . . you can see the remains of stone ruins . This once in the 14th century was an Arabian caravanserai . To search in the remains of stone ruins in summer is a dangerous business . There snakes chose a place for themselves . Lords of the mountains and steppes . They even eat cobras, other snakes . They do not crawl, but walk like a tractor, an adult snake reaches a length of 3-4 meters . When thrown, it can knock down an adult man .

But in December it's easier to search, but it's cold . You need to take insurance with you .

I found a couple of times in such caravanserais, dried wells and in them old wooden chests and cards . Ancient cards . After all, it is interesting what cards were in Small-An, 600 years ago . These were not familiar maps with a degree grid, with directions to the north . It's just a map, with a direction to the south . . . with reference to some kind of "symbol-labels" then known - mountains or villages that already had other names in the 20th and 21st centuries and sometimes even ceased to exist .

So try to find what is indicated on such a map? After all, the relief has changed, and the direction of the rivers, lakes have dried up, the mountains have changed their outlines . . . settlements have disappeared . I repeat, this is my mistake . But this is from excitement .

Nevertheless, having overlaid with old maps and road builders for 300-400 years, I managed to find these tips in half a year . My path lay from the mountains to the foothill steppe . Parallel to the northern ridge of the Sveta mountains, there was an ancient road known from the 10th century AD, opposite the 2-golden-apple-tree mountain gorge, the map was Chinese . . . (here it must be taken into account that it was different in different eras and in length) .

I went around the remains of the ancient canal that led me to the hill, it already swam strongly, but on its top, the ruins were clearly visible . . .

It was an Arab fort, a customs post, on the border between the steppe and mountains . This form was mentioned in the Chinese road builder of the sunset of the Tan Empire . . .

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Armed with geophysical equipment, I found voids there . . . Having received permission from the local administration, we drove an excavator . . . after two days of searching, in addition to broken ceramics and a handful of silver coins, we found the remains of an ancient map . . .

The restoration of which took 11 months . . . having received a copy in my hands, I spent another 3 years to find another place . . . whether it was 55 or so from the original place . . .

In the desert . . . the outlines of salt lakes, two . . . were preserved . . . and there, near the shore, a preserved entrance to the underground mine was discovered . . .

. . . it was not deep . . . 15-17 meters long . . . and there, under a treasured stone, there was another card on the skin . . . which took another year to restore .

And this map pointed to the top of Mount Seven Fingers, which was located on the southern ridge of the Svet Mountains . . . a karst cave was discovered there . . . and another map . . . that led to Keder .

But Keder is now in another country . . . there local historians have long found her, purely random and she was posted in the electronic archive of the center for the study of the Silk Road . But the cardholders themselves were not aware that this card was a piece of a big puzzle . . . Well, I copied it . Using a GIS software product, we performed a layer-by-layer analysis . . . and found a hint . . . that another map lies with us again .

The map was located in the Pistachio mountains . . . near the village of Sweet Apricot . I had to search . . . found a map in the hollow of an ancient tree, which was already 1200 years old . . .

- And what's next? Intrigued?

- What were the results of this search ????

- What did you find?

Wait, not all at once . . . the studies are long, sometimes the research process itself is more exciting than the result itself ?!

- What? So you didn't find anything?

But why? Found it! So much so that my eyes bulged out and my tongue fell out of my mouth! Were astounded by this grand find!