Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday Weird: Tomb Treasures

In 2008, archaeologists got a chance to crack a tomb from the Ming dynasty in Shangsi, Southern China. They were the first ones to visit the grave since the occupants funeral.

They'd brought a camera crew to create a documentary as they excavated the tomb. But while they were filming they found something much weirder.

When the were trying to remove the soil encrusting the coffin, a chunk broke off and hit the floor with a metallic clink.

They picked up the object and discovered it was a ring. But not just any ring.

The removed the dirt from the ring and it turned out to actually be a watch. A Swiss watch that had stopped at 10:06 am.




The watch itself was estimated to be 100 years old, buried in a tomb over 400 years old. Watches weren't even invented in the time of the Ming dynasty, and Switzerland wasn't even a country.

So how did this mysterious timepiece find it's way inside an undisturbed tomb?

Thoughts? Theories? Throw them my way!

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Obviously someone disturbed it!

Matthew MacNish said...

Doctor Who?

Maria Zannini said...

This is weird. For some reason I thought I had read this post on your blog before.

Maybe I'm time-traveling too. :)

Teebore said...

Presumably, someone got into that tomb before this group, and just did a really good job of making it look like they hadn't.

I'm also amazed that there are apparently ring-sized Swiss watches out there, in Chinese tombs or not.

Rena said...

yikes. Well I guess someone got there first. there were ethical anthropologists 100 years ago.

LisaAnn said...

Oooh, love stories like this! I hope you are doing wonderfully, my friend!

Hart Johnson said...

Time Lord companion? I bet it was!!! Though more likely, it was a treasure hunter who was somehow there later, I think.

Michael Offutt, Kaiju Smack Down Artist said...

It's a hoax. One of the archeologists planted it imo.

Southpaw said...

Me thinks it was disturbed. ;)

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