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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Swiss watch was found in 400 years old tomb


        During an archaeological dig in Shangsi Town, China, a 400 year old tomb was discovered. Two journalists who were accompanying the archaeologists – further to the dig, the journalists reported that a small Swiss ring watch was discovered within the tomb.

        It's believed that the tomb had lay undisturbed for 400 years – since the Ming dynasty.The photograph above seems to show the watch showing the time to be about 11:05.
       “When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, a piece of rock suddenly dropped off and hit the ground with a metallic sound,?” said Jiang Yanyu, former curator of the Guangxi Autonomous Region Museum.

       “We picked up the object, and found it was a ring. After removing the covering soil and examining it further, we were shocked to see it was a watch” the word “Swiss” engraved on the back.

         By the 16th Century, China had maritime trade with the Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and Dutch.
It is feasible therefore that the inhabitant of the coffin (dated around 1600AD) may have been a wealthy traveller, or could have purchased the item from a travelling merchant


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