Ancient Chinese Disk Strangely Found in a Kentucky Garden –

By Jon R. Haskell, Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation

Graphic Above: Two sides of a jade disk, about 2.5 inches in diameter, found in Harrison County, Ky. The red arrows on the right point to dragon and bird motifs. (Courtesy of Jon R. Haskell/www.Precontact.org)

What may be an ancient Chinese artifact mysteriously appeared in a small garden next to a pond, on a heavily wooded acreage in a remote and sparsely populated area of Harrison County, Ky.

“It was just laying there,” said the finder, recalling the moment two years ago when his quest began to understand what the disc is and how it got in his garden. It’s been a frustrating, inconclusive quest. With a look on his face of expecting me to have all the answers, he asked, “How do you think it got here?”

As with other such artifacts, which appear to be of ancient Chinese origin found in North America without supporting contextual information, I could only respond that there are multiple possible explanations.

A more informative answer came from the Burke Museum in Washington State. After reviewing a photograph of the artifact, the museum essentially replied that it could not identify the object but that similar objects have been found on the west coast of Mexico. “It should not have been found in your part of the country,” the reply stated.

Other responses from universities, art dealers, and museums—also based on reviewing photographs—were inconclusive. They varied from suggestions that it is a 20th century fraud [AP Ed: Su-u-ure!] to speculations that it is likely authentic.

The disk is nephrite jade and has a white surface film concentrated around the bas-relief features. One side is darker than the other. The depictions seem to be of a Feng Shui dragon and a partial bird, both playing prominent roles in Chinese mythology. It also includes four script characters.

Bi disks are jade discs with holes in the center made in China as far back as “the neolithic period” some 5,000 years ago and continuing mainly through to the Han dynasty about 2,000 years ago.

[AncientPatriarchs Editor’s note:Neolithic” (new stone age) is a term from the false Darwinian periodisation, invented by Darwinian banker & naturalist John Lubbock in the late 18 hundreds, that means nothing! There never was any “stone age” other than a more properly termed megalithic culture period after the Flood until the old copper, gold, tin, and iron mines were re-located by the early Flood survivors who measured and mapped the Earth anew, which kickstarted the Bronze Age. ]

The earlier versions were simple disks with no ornamentation, but they became increasingly ornate with motifs representing heaven and Earth and deities associated with the cardinal directions. Aside from its religious symbolism, the bi also represented a person’s high social status, his high moral character, and it ultimately accompanied its owner in his grave.

Until such time as the artifact is subjected to rigorous examination, it’s authenticity remains uncertain. Even if proved authentic, the mystery of how it got there will remain to be solved.

Jon Haskell is a founding member of the Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation. The Foundation was established to protect, preserve, and research unusual artifacts recovered in the United States, particularly those that initially suggest circum-Caribbean and/or Chinese influence.

Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation  2015©

Jade Artifact (Bi-Disk, “璧”) Discovered in Kentucky, U.S.

Receives an Interpretation by Laurent CHEN (陳隆川)

(in English and Traditional Chinese)

Based on the information illustrated in the previous news reports and viewing high resolution photographs of the artifact, I would like to provide a summary concerning the explanations of the characters and the patterns inscribed on this Bi (“璧”) jade artifact, as below:
On one side thereof, the four oracle/bone characters are respectively “耘(1) 祺(2) 雨(3) 昌(4)” here under marked sequentially by numbers. They mean “Smooth agricultural operations and abundant rainfalls”, or in Chinese, “農務順遂,雨水豐沛” (thus wishing for great harvests. See Figure 1)
Figure 1

1. “云 / 耘” – This word indicates the shape of a kind of conventional plowing tool called “犁” for making trenches on the farm field. It generally means “agricultural operations”

2. “旗 / 祺” – In terms of forms, this character exhibits a FLAG, in which the straight line means a pole or a stick, with the flag flying or waving in the air. You can refer to the following link:
In modern days, people still use this word “祺” to express best wishes for smooth and trouble-free operations in commercial activities, public affair executions or personal lives, e,g., “商祺”, “台祺”, “公祺”, “鈞祺” etc.
3. “雨” – This character means “rain”, “precipitations”, which simulates the scenery of rainfall. You can refer to the following link:
4. “昌” – This character means “abundant”, “prosperous”, “rich” or the like. You can refer to the following link:
(You can separate the two connected closed circle/triangle having a dot therein and understand this word.)

Meanwhile, on the other side thereof, my idea is there is a word on top, which indicates “卜” (it means “divination”), and is artistically or stylishly carved in order to signify the meaning of “雲” (Clouds) because this “云” may be also interpreted as “雲”. Everybody knows that, to rain, it has to have clouds gathered. In this way, these different words “云”, “耘” and “雲” having the same pronunciation can be adroitly and exquisitely connected and exhibited. In Chinese literal applications, there is a specific term referred as “同音轉注 (Transition of Same Pronunciation)” to describe such a variation.

Moreover, for the “creature” on this piece of jade artifact, my idea is it presents the “屏翳” or “雨師” (God of Rain or Master or Rain) in Chinese mythology and some people said it was a catfish (“鯰魚”.) Although this “figure” or “spirit” may be legendary or mythological, from the picture you can still clearly see the basic features of a fish (see Figure 2).
CHEN, Lung Chuan (Laurent) 2015-10-14 Taipei

WWW.PRECONTACT.ORG (AP Editor: Although this website proves Pre-Columbian contacts, it is still stuck in the Darwinian paradigm of way too old dating and the incorrect Darwinian periodisation based on the long disproved geologic timescale.)

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