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BURIED treasure. An emperor's booby-trapped tomb.
01-10-2013, 04:51 PM #1
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The recently discovered burial complex of China's first emperor - Qin Shi Huang - is proving to be the most exciting, and most challenging, archaeological discovery since Tutankamun.

But authorities are hesitating.

According to surviving ancient records, the massive 2200 year-old tomb is filled with treasures.

Those same records describe an extensive, fearful security system.

Legend has it the three-storey high tomb is filled with weapons ranging from loaded crossbows to pools of poisonous mercury.

And it's on an enormous scale.

The 56sq km buried complex is guarded by armies of soldiers. More than 6000 of the statues have been discovered so far.

Expert on the Quin Shi Huang burial site Guo Zhikun insists it is possible the traps are real, and are still active.

Site samples prove that there are high levels of mercury in the soil. The scrolls describe deadly "rivers of quicksilver" intended to poison any intruders.

http://www.news.com.au/world/emperor-qui...6550871887

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01-10-2013, 06:11 PM #2
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From all accounts he was absolutely ruthless. Some say the evil he possessed was so horrible he was entombed in this manner to never let it escape.
Warnings have been passed down by word of mouth that that tomb should never be excavated.


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01-10-2013, 08:22 PM #3
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I find this interesting, and I am wondering if most of the warnings were just to dissuade would be tomb raiders (excluding the mercury pool)?

Quote:The lay of the land from Lishan to Mount Hua is shaped dragon-like according to traditional Chinese geomancy. The imperial tomb is at the eye of the dragon. The emperor had chosen well.

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attracti...leum_1.htm
01-10-2013, 09:47 PM #4
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01-11-2013, 01:33 AM #5
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That is interesting, but I'm more interested in all the pyramids in China.

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