Swiss Watch Found Inside Ming Dynasty Tomb

In 2008, a team of archaeologists discover a century-old Swiss watch that is thought to be just a century old in an ancient Chinese tomb which has been sealed for more than 400 years. They believed they were the first to visit the Ming dynasty grave in Shangsi, southern China, since its occupant's funeral. The Ming Dynasty - or the Empire of the Great Ming - was the was ruling dynasty in China from 1368 to 1644.

Jiang Yanyu, former curator of the Guangxi Museum, said: "When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, suddenly a piece of rock dropped off and hit the ground with metallic sound.

"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 mysterious timepiece was encrusted in mud and rock and had stopped at 10:06 am. On the back of the watch, the word, ‘Swiss’ is engraved.

Could the watch/ring have been planted at the tomb, but if so, why and by whom?


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