Thursday, March 01, 2007

Ruin raiders target ancient relics in Shaanxi
Police have stepped up patrols to combat ruin raiders in the underground ancient relics of Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, after authorities caught two local farmers stealing tile-ends.

Local police arrested the farmers on Monday.

Authorities received reports that some farmers living among the ruins were looking for relics from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 24), buried in the Chang'an City ruins.