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Looted Grave of Chinese Poet & Politician Found
Thursday, September 12, 2013
(Public Domain)XIANYANG, CHINA—Chinese media reports the discovery of the looted grave of popular historical figure Shangguan Wan’er, a politician and poet who served Empress Wu Zetian, the first female ruler of China. Archaeologists identified the tomb, uncovered near an airport in Shaanxi province, from a damaged epitaph. “The roof had completely collapsed, the four walls were damaged, and all the tiles on the floor had been lifted up,” said archaeologist Geng Qinggang. Shangguan Wan’er was killed in 710 A.D. during a palace coup.
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