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Experts: Cao Cao "tomb" is a phony

08-25-2010 09:00 BJT Special Report:Tomb of Cao Cao |

BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- Twenty-three experts across the country accused a central China county of deliberately faking evidence to tie an ancient tomb to the legendary third-century Chinese warlord Cao Cao to cash in on tourism.

Anyang County government in Henan Province worked out the sophisticated scheme to boost ticket sales to the tomb, the experts charged.

The forum was convened to challenge the Cao Cao tomb, said Ni Fangliu, the organizer of the event. Too much evidence was found to be full of anachronisms, Ni added.

The file picture taken on Dec. 30, 2009 shows archaeologists clean up the archaeological site where the Mausoleum of Cao Cao is located in Anyang, a city in central China's Henan Province. The Mausoleum of Cao Cao, a legendary Chinese warlord during the Three Kingdoms period (208-280 A.D.), has recently been declared as Cultural Relics under Provincial Protection. The tomb is located near the Yellow River and the city of Anyang, where Cao Cao ruled the Kingdom of Wei from 208 to 220, when he died at the age of 65. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)
The file picture taken on Dec. 30, 2009 shows archaeologists clean up the archaeological
site where the Mausoleum of Cao Cao is located in Anyang, a city in central China's 
Henan Province. The Mausoleum of Cao Cao, a legendary Chinese warlord during the Three
Kingdoms period (208-280 A.D.), has recently been declared as Cultural Relics under 
Provincial Protection. The tomb is located near the Yellow River and the city of Anyang,
where Cao Cao ruled the Kingdom of Wei from 208 to 220, when he died at the age of 65. 
(Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)

Several stone tablets were at the center of the dispute.

The tablets, reading, "This is what the King of Wei Wu (Cao Cao) used," were tagged to eight weapons and artifacts.

They were used to prove the graves' authenticity. But the critics said the grammar was too modern and the tablets' mere existence was ridiculous.

"These tablets were like illustrations of museum items. Cao Cao would not want that in his grave," said one expert, "not to mention that Cao was not called King of Wei Wu until many years after he died."

Li Luping, an expert on calligraphy and stone scripture, said several words written on many stone tablets supposedly unearthed from the tomb were either wrong or in modern form.

Huang Zhengyun, a professor on ancient literature with China University of Political Science and Law, said several artifacts apparently were made with modern tools. Some of the stone tablets were cut by chain saws.

Cao Cao was the strongest of the three warlords competing for control of China after the downfall of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: Xinhua

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