The looted interior of a nearly 1,800-year-old tomb near the city of Anyang in central Henan province which was found by Chinese archaeologists and is believed to have belonged to Cao Cao, who ruled the Kingdom of Wei from AD208 to AD220. The tomb was discovered about a year ago, but only became known to authorities after stone tablets carrying inscriptions of “King Wu of Wei” were seized from alleged tomb raiders. Photo: AFP

China’s ancient treasures under siege from army of tomb raiders

Historians fear looting of ancient burial sites has reached epidemic proportions as would-be grave robbers team up through social media

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The looted interior of a nearly 1,800-year-old tomb near the city of Anyang in central Henan province which was found by Chinese archaeologists and is believed to have belonged to Cao Cao, who ruled the Kingdom of Wei from AD208 to AD220. The tomb was discovered about a year ago, but only became known to authorities after stone tablets carrying inscriptions of “King Wu of Wei” were seized from alleged tomb raiders. Photo: AFP
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