Early China: History, Legends, and Myths

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    Wonder if this is the tomb of the legendary Hou Yi?

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    I thought the main concern was the preservation of the artifacts? Apparently the Terra Cotta warriors were fully colored when they were first excavated, but the colors faded within hours after exposure to air, giving us the tan colored statues we know today. Archaeologists are worried that similar degradation may occur if they opened Qin Shihuang's tomb.
     
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    That was the two grounds I mentioned when Zhou Enlai rejected opening of Qin Shihuang's tomb.
    The other reasons I gave is of culture/moral grounds, I admit they can never be proven as the government will not say it laud. The only indirect proof theoretically would be that no bomb being opened today or in the future even though China already possessed sophisticated technology
    1. to build huge one piece structure without supporting pillars,
    2. being air tight, filled with inert gas (remove O2),
    3. researcher wearing spacesuit working inside etc.
     
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    I don't think you need to cover the entire tomb, just need to build an airlock around the opening.
     
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    Cavity type of tomb.
    That probably works with the later tombs which are built by bricks to a cavity/chamber big enough to place coffins, big enough like a house. Qing and Ming tombs are such kind. Which is also why they were opened by a door (stone slab) and never opened from the top.

    Cavity-less tomb.
    However, most earlier tombs are essentially done by digging a huge pit on the ground, placing coffins or very small wooden/stone chamber in it, then fill it by earth and sand, then build earth mount on top of it. Such as Qin and Han tombs. Digging a tunnel to the coffins/chambers would expose them to the element (surrounding earth, moisture and air). A airlock won't make any difference.

    Besides, "黄杨题凑" started from early Han dynasty and is the prime type of high value tombs of that time. This type fills the pit with sand rather than earth, the sand is mixed with big rocks, the coffin is put in the middle of the sand, finally the sandy pit is covered by earth mount. Digging a tunnel will not only expose the coffin to the element (sand passes air and moisture better than earth), but also instantly destroy the coffin by crashing it because sand flows, the digger (archaeologists) will be buried by the flowing sand too. That is the purpose of "黄杨题凑", anti-tomb raiders. Even if you manage not to be killed in digging, the buried objects will be severely damaged any way.
     
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    Fascinating! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    https://www.livescience.com/57437-oldest-evidence-of-silk-found-china.html

    I find it astounding that silk was used as far back as that! It suggests a level of animal husbandry (to raise the silk worms) and weaving (to turn the silk strands into fabric) that is amazing for a neolithic society.
     
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