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07/11/2008 02:30 PM ID: 71954 Permalink   

Tomb Raider Dies as Grave Collapses on Top of Him


China: A man identified only as Quan has died after a Liao Dynasty (907-1125 AD) tomb he was attempting to rob collapsed on him. Six people who were also involved in the attempted theft were still trying to extract him when police arrived.

Ironically, the tomb he was trying to raid had nothing in it - most likely because it was emptied by previous tomb robbers.

Grave robbery and other artifact thefts are a major problem in China with the items proving extremely popular in auctions worldwide.

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  Oh well  
He got what he deserved I guess.
  by: reehaw     07/11/2008 04:26 PM     
it was a cheap funeral with the hole already dug for him.
  by: Jammy-Doger   07/11/2008 11:36 PM     
Graves are sacred and history is precious, so one part of me agrees with the above comments. Then again, the dead are dead, should they or their things be worth more than the living? I tend to think...yes, and this guy knew the risks, rolled the dice, and lost.
  by: MomentOfClarity     07/12/2008 01:27 AM     
  @ MOC  
Maybe you mean the belongings of the dead may be worth more TO the living? Rather THAN the living?
  by: lolcats   07/12/2008 02:16 AM     
  agree and disagree  
i think tomb and such is they are of and real intrest should be public/tourist locations... i'd pay to explore a tomb, pyramid or catacomb. esspecially its rarely
if ever before been explored.

as for the artifacts i think they should be made public in museums, these artifact are getting any use or appreciation asatying hidden, and the history is practically lost as its forgotten.
  by: HAVOC666     07/12/2008 03:51 AM     
  I give him a pass  
I was fine with it when Laura Croft was doing it for her own personal museum, so i have to be ok when anyone else does it.
  by: TheWordOfKarl   07/12/2008 08:29 AM     
  @ TheWordofKarl  
Funny, I was thinking the same thing... seems like he has to start from the last checkpoint!
  by: C.O.G.   07/12/2008 06:10 PM     
No, I did mean to ask whether or not historical artifacts may be worth more than the life of the thief who may be trying to steal them. Since this guy was actually desecrating a grave to do it, a deplorable act, I find myself without much sympathy for the loss of life...
  by: MomentOfClarity     07/14/2008 07:47 PM     
  Oh well.  
In another 1000 years someome might raid his new tomb and sell him on Ebay.
  by: EnglishJackCarter   07/15/2008 03:09 AM     
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