An army of tomb raiders set siege to China’s ancient treasures

The-looted-interior-of-a-nearly-1800-year-old-tomb-near-the-city-of-Anyang-in-central-Henan-province-710x335 An army of tomb raiders set siege to China’s ancient treasures

It’s perhaps not surprising that grave robbing has a long tradition in China – after all, Chinese civilization stretches back several thousand years. But a 21st century twist is turning this age-old crime into an epidemic. Inspired by get-rich-quick yarns and a series of popular novels, young migrant workers and peasants have teamed up in the thousands through internet chat rooms to loot historic tombs in key provinces.

Chinese buyer who refused to pay for Chinese looted bronzes weeps as he realizes that his credibility is shot.

ysl_heads_1106860c Chinese buyer who refused to pay for Chinese looted bronzes weeps as he realizes that his credibility is shot.

Without saying if I agree or disagree, here are two interesting articles which I picked up off the Museum Security Network website (though one was originally from Bloomberg) regarding last years controversial auction of  a bronze heads of a rat and a rabbit looted from  Beijing’s Summer Palace  in 1860 .  Interesting perspectives – one […]

Costly mistake, costly fake: Billionaire killed at home while making a fake antique

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This from the China Daily / China.org recently: The chairman of a major pharmaceutical company and his employee died in an explosion caused by a “chemical experiment gone wrong” at the businessman’s residential villa. Police found an instruction book of ozonizer as well as fragments of oxygen cylinders on the fourth floor, suggesting a chemical […]

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