Special Treat­ment for a Beloved Princess

China Scenic - - Archaeology -

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

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