Sunday, January 4, 2009
Looking for a Good Way to Start a Book?
"Archaeologists are stumped after finding a 100-year-old Swiss watch in an ancient [Chinese] tomb that was sealed more than 400 years ago."
Got your attention? Here are a few more facts . . .
The tomb in question dates from the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), and experts believe it has not been visited since it was sealed shortly after its occupant died. Yet when archaeologists filming a documentary began to remove some of the soil that surrounded the tomb's sarcophagus, they discovered an unusual artifact caked in dirt.
It was an early 20th century lady's watch ring made in Switzerland (shown below). Inside a four hundred-year-old Chinese tomb. ("Experts" were quick to note that neither watches nor Switzerland existed four hundred years ago.)
In case you were wondering, the watch had stopped at 10:06.
I have to admit, this one has me baffled! Read the Daily Mail's report here.