Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Now, here's a switch Ming tombs fail to excite archaeologists
CONSTRUCTION on a North Bund office building will restart tomorrow after archaeologists decided four ancient tombs unearthed by diggers had little historical value.

Officials confirmed the Hongkou District tombs dated back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) but said the site looked as if it had been disturbed by another construction project some years ago and reburied.

"So they are not in their original state and don't have much archaeological value," said Song Jian, director of the archaeological department of the Shanghai Cultural Relics Management Commission.

Also see this for news on some other Chinese tombs.