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Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/6 14:48:39

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"I don't know anything about tomb raiding; I dug the hole to find a jade mine."

So said a man surnamed Guo, who dug a 20-meter-long underground tunnel near Long'en Temple in Shijingshan district. Guo and two accomplices were captured by the police before they reached any precious relics. They were brought to trial on December 4. Guo said he spent 7,000 yuan ($1,058) on a device that would detect deposits of gold and jade and used it to locate a place to dig on a mountain. The men spent eight hours each night digging for 45 days. When they were detained, their tunnel had not reached any underground tombs. There are three underground tombs around the tunnel they dug, and the tombs are said to belong to monks from the temple in ancient times. Guo and his accomplices were sentenced for attempting the crime of illegally excavating and robbing ancient cultural sites or ancient tombs and will be under surveillance for eight months to two years. (Source: Beijing Evening News)


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