Ancient tomb of general Cao Cao is genuine, experts say

Posted Dec 29, 2009 by Wang Fangqing
One day after the announcement of the excavation of the tomb of Cao Cao, the ruler of the Kingdom of Wei from 208 to 220 in China, rumors regarding its authenticity started to float. But experts insist the tomb is authentic.
cao cao s character in Chinese opera
cao cao's character in Chinese opera
Pan Weibin, leader of the archaeological team, said the most powerful piece of evidence is the tomb complex.
"They all carry the inscription 'The Invincible King of Wei', which is Cao's temple name. It shows they use to be his belongings," he told Chinese media.
In addition, he said historical chronicle says Cao died at 66, while the remains found in the tomb belongs to a male around 60; Pan calls it a "perfect match." Bones of two females, aged around 50 and 20 respectively, were also found in the same tomb.
He added the identity of the tomb owner has been verified by various archaeologists, all of whom have agreed he should be Cao Cao, a brutal dictator and a renowned poet in ancient China.
The 1,800-year-old tomb, located in Anyang, Henan Province, is about 100 square meters, including two living rooms and two bedrooms, experts say.
The tomb had been a target for dozens of tomb robbers for more than a century. But still, archeologists found more than 200 precious relics, including iron swords. jewelries and stone tablets.