In March 2017, an ancient Ming Dynasty tomb was dug at a culvert construction site in Taikang County, Henan Province, China. The bodies in the mausoleum have stood for 500 years without being damaged.
Ancient Ming Dynasty tomb on the construction site
A worker was operating an excavator on a construction site when he discovered a few green bricks under the soil that had been dug out. Later, it was discovered that it was an ancient tomb. Because this site violated relevant regulations and did not report in advance during underground construction, the local Cultural Relics Board did not do the preliminary inspection!
It was because of this illegal activity that a Ming Dynasty tomb was destroyed by an excavator. The area around the construction site was originally a residential area, heard the news that an ancient grave had been dug, people gathered to see strange stories…
Because the incident was so sudden, when the archaeological team rushed to the scene, the tomb was badly damaged by people on the construction site, and two crystal coffins in the tomb were also pulled out. Moreover, the lids of the two coffins were also opened, and everyone looking inside was in a commotion!
The hair and beard of the two tomb owners in the coffin are still intact as if their bodies have not decomposed! However, due to exposure to the air, the skin of the two ancient corpses began to turn black and lose its original luster…
The coffin was found in an ancient tomb (Photo: Sohu)
Revealing the identity of the owner of the tomb
The archaeological team rushed to the scene and cleaned up 3 steles and some remaining bricks. Thanks to the inscriptions on the epitaph, the identity of the owner of the tomb has been clarified.
It turned out that this was the grave of a local man named Co Phac, he was a mandarin Huu Do Ngu of the Ming Dynasty.
According to the record in “Cultural History of Thai Khang District”, Co Phac was a scholar during the Ming Dynasty Emperor Minghui period. He was an honest and upright mandarin, praised by the world as “Bao Thanh Thien” of the Ming Dynasty!
According to the motto of their ancestors, the Co family always returns to their homeland at the end of their lives. Once the identity of the person in the tomb was clarified, everyone present was amazed!
Painting of Co Phac (Photo: Sohu)
Ancestral graves dug up
However, at this moment, a middle-aged man suddenly ran over and cried bitterly. Why is that?
After careful investigation, it turned out that this man was the descendant of the owner of this tomb. He said that in the genealogy of the Co family, the name of the person below is listed! In other words, the Ming tomb in front of him is the ancestral grave of this middle-aged man!
Seeing the two ancestors of the family being dug their graves, their descendants couldn’t help but feel sad… When the new tomb was discovered, the scene was quite chaotic, there were even rumors that workers on the construction site had died. arbitrarily seized some burial items in the coffin to make his own…
Faced with that situation, the descendants of the Co family contacted the local archeology unit. In their opinion, if the objects in the ancient tombs such as epitaphs and burial items have historical research value, they agree to donate them to the country. return the status quo to their clan.
According to the negotiation between the two sides, the cultural relics department will first transport the ancient mummies to the laboratory, and then hand them over to their descendants after analysis. The local government will also join in to support… This can be considered a “happy” ending for both sides.
As for the rumor that “someone came from the construction site with a lot of gold and jade burial items”, the representative of the archaeological unit denied.