Official: commercial exploitation of Cao Cao's tomb unacceptable

14:30, December 29, 2009      

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The tomb of Cao Cao, a renowned warlord and politician in the third century, has been unearthed in Anyang City of central China's Henan province.

People's Daily reporters recently interviewed Sun Yingmin, vice director and spokesperson for Henan Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage, regarding the excavation process, significance and relevant plans for future research and protection of Cao Cao's tomb.

Reporter: How was the tomb discovered?

Sun Yingmin: The tomb was illegally excavated many times in history. Recently, local villagers transported earth that was on top of the tomb to a brick and tile factory, resulting in the exposure of the tomb.

Reporter: How has the tomb been damaged?

Sun Yingmin: According to relevant information, previous illegal excavations mainly damaged some stone human statues and stealing and moving some cultural relics. So far, no information about the lost cultural relics is available.

Reporter: What is the status of the discovery in China's archeology history?

Sun Yingmin: There are rich historical and cultural resources in Henan. This province has been leading others in archaeological excavation. This is one of the most important discoveries in terms of historical figure excavation in recent years nationwide.

Reporter: What action will be taken to research and protect the tomb in the near future? Will commercial exploitation of the tomb be possible?

Sun Yingmin: We will continue the archaeological excavation. At present, we know little about the structure and scope of the tomb, or whether a subordinate tomb exists. Through the progress of the excavation, we will have more valuable discoveries.

At the same time, we will work out a protection plan as soon as possible. The local government will build a permanent museum according to the excavation situation so as to better protect the tomb. We will conduct research according to the excavation situation.

Excavation of the tomb should aim at research and protection. Commercial exploitation and commercial activities shall be unacceptable.

By People's Daily Online
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