Photos: tomb of legendary ruler unearthed

14:30, December 28, 2009      

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Legend has it that Cao Cao, King Wu of Wei kingdom in the Three Kingdoms period (AD 208 to 280), had built 72 tombs to thwart tomb raiders.

Cao Cao (155-220 A.D.), who built the strongest and most prosperous state during the Three Kingdom period, is remembered for his outstanding military and political talents.

Experts, however, have always doubted this, believing it was more a fabrication that reflected Cao's political cunning as portrayed in the classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Now, they have come up with solid evidence to prove it wrong.

Archaeological officials confirmed yesterday the discovery of Cao's mausoleum in Xigaoxue, a village in Anyang county of Henan province, which, much to the surprise of many, was indeed built as austerely as recorded in historical archives.

Tomb of legendary general Cao Cao unearthed in central China >>

Source: China Daily

Inside the tomb.

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