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Application to excavate ancient tomb rejected

(Beijing Daily)

16:44, February 28, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) has rejected an application to excavate a tomb to the west of the Mausoleum of First Qin Emperor in Xianyang, Shaanxi province.

SACH says that the tomb is within the protection area of the Qin tomb under key national protection and closely connects with the mausoleum, and therefore, it disagrees to excavate it.

The SACH requires the Shaanxi Bureau of Cultural Heritage (SBCH) to figure out the tomb’s property, range and layout by carrying out archaeological surveys.

It also requests the SBCH to work out a temporary protection plan and effective protection measures to strengthen the protection on the tomb.

Liu Yunhui, vice director-general of the SBCH, said that it is still unclear when the tomb was built and whether it relates to the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.

The tomb was discovered in 2003, when archaeologists were doing archaeological drillings to support the construction of the Park of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.

They detected 36 ancient tombs in the Zhuanfang Village, 500 meters to the west of the western outer wall of the Qin tomb. Six of them are preliminarily confirmed as tombs built in Qin dynasty.

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