5000 years old Neolithic Wankel engine discovered!   Update: 11-08-2007

China Chifeng City:  at the Hongshan site the webmaster and Jaap Tijman the Wankel specialist from Amsterdam have discovered something very remarkable: In the search for the oldest Wankel engine we went to China for an archeological search.  After days of digging in the bare ground we excavated some  graves. One of them contained a triangular object that looks so very familiar to us. Is this really the missing link?   Amazing! Have we found the holy grail of Wankel? Is this the thing where Felix Wankel looked almost all of his life for?  Was the Wankel engine the first engine in the world ? It could be. Some information about the finding place and culture can tell us more. Long ago the Neolithic Hongshan Culture, dating back some 5,500 to 6,000 years extended from the Liaohe River valley in the east to the Yanshan Mountains in the west. It is so named because it was discovered in 1935 at the Hongshan site in inner Mongolia. The primary burial goods accompanying the graves were jade artifacts. Our Wankel object was  discovered nearby a pyramidal structure "disguised" as a hill known as
Zhuanshanzi (轉山子). >>>
The Hongshan tribes were an agricultural society but did not rely on irrigation ,they relied on the yearly monsoon rains to grow their crops like millet and rice .And this was why domesticated animals became so important to them because pigs sustained them through the times of drought. These Neolithic cultures as well as some of today rely on rain to water their crops .They timed the planting of crops before the rains by observing nature .So, the birds used the monsoon storefronts to time the arrival to a breeding site where after it rains food will be abundant to raise the young birds .This is when the crops were planted .They venerated the bird in flight because each year there appearance would precede the rains and the crops that sustained them .This bird behavior related to reproduction or a food source was used by the ancient Neolithic cultures and timed the planting of crops according to the birds. Next year we are going to dig for the crankshaft and the rest of this engine.

Look At these amazing pictures!

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