Tomb raid­ing is be­com­ing an epi­demic

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Chi­nese ar­chae­ol­o­gists are fac­ing an epi­demic of pro­fes­sional tomb raid­ing.

The sit­u­a­tion has been high­lighted by the re­cent ar­rests of 12 grave rob­bers in South­west China’s Sichuan province. They are sus­pected of steal­ing ar­ti­facts from a tomb dat­ing back to the Song Dy­nasty (960-1279 AD) in Ziyang city, in a case worth about a mil­lion yuan ($ 161,000), lo­cal po­lice said.

The stolen pieces in­clude two carved doors of the tomb cham­ber, as well as some valu­able items buried in it, the lo­cal Huaxi Me­trop­o­lis Daily re­ported.

One of the sus­pects, an­tique col­lec­tor Liu, said he kept some of the most valu­able items in his shop, while the rest were sold to other deal­ers.

In ad­di­tion to greed for money, the na­tional fer­vor for an­tique col­lect­ing has also con­trib­uted to the phe­nom­e­non, ac­cord­ing to Liang Xiao, a relics pro­tec­tion ex­pert.


More than half a mil­lion spe­cially bred male mosquitoes are be­ing re­leased on an is­land in south­ern China ev­ery week to fight dengue fever, which causes fever and joint pain. The mosquitoes pro­duced at a science park “fac­tory” in Guang­dong province can make their fe­male mat­ing part­ners in­fer­tile.

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