Tomb Coffin Found Empty
Nothing has been
found inside the coffin's inner chamber at the Laoshan tomb in Beijing.
Archaeologists found only decorative patterns of silk fabrics when
the outer chamber of the ancient tomb was opened Sunday.
A senior archaeologist said thieves had stolen everything in the
It took archeologists half a day today to open the lid of the
coffin inside the tomb dating back to the Western Han Dynasty (206
The tomb was accidentally found early this year. Archeological
excavations have continued since then.
The 12-meter-tall tomb occupies an area half the size of a football
Wang Wuyu, who is in charge of the excavation, said some of the
unearthed objects from the Laoshan tomb indicate that the tomb occupant
was a king of the Yan Kingdom.
(People's Daily 09/26/2000)