Special Treatment for a Beloved Princess
Although the burial chamber was in close proximity, everyone’s mood was far from relaxed. Once we passed this door, it would be evident whether the tomb had been ransacked. But what were the odds that everything would be intact as if the burial had just been completed?
The typically luxurious burial practices of the Liao whet the appetite of many a tomb robber. Particularly after the Jin (1115–1234, founded by the Jurchens) destroyed the Liao, partly to vent their anger at the former rulers and partly to plunder their wealth, grave robbers went on the rampage. Unfortunately, the great majority of Liao tombs suffered an ignominious fate.
At the same time, our team was hoping against