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NANNING scarpe nike air max deluxe , Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese archaeologists are facing an epidemic of professional tomb raiding.

 

The situation has been highlighted by the recent arrests of 12 grave robbers in southwest China's Sichuan Province. They are suspected of stealing artifacts from a tomb dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) in Ziyang City, in a case worth about a million yuan (161,000 U.S. dollars), local police said.

 

The stolen pieces include two carved doors of the tomb chamber, as well as some valuable items buried in it, the local Huaxi Metropolis Daily reported on Sunday.

 

One of the suspects, antique collector Liu scarpe nike air max speed turf , said he kept some of the most valuable items in his shop, while the rest were sold to other dealers.

 

In a country with thousands of years of history, stories of people stealing from tombs abound.

 

In June, the tomb of Liu Yongfu, a national hero who fought in the Sino-French War and died in 1917, was desecrated by criminals who almost emptied it. The site, in the mountains of Qinzhou scarpe nike air max 360 , in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, was placed under state protection in 2001.

 

In 2012, three stone sculptures in the mausoleum of the Jingjiang Prince, a member of regional royalty in Guangxi during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.), were spirited away. A warrior sculpture, also in the mausoleum, was beheaded two days later.

 

"Tomb raiders dig in the hope of finding precious burial objects scarpe nike air max 93 ," Su Dong, curator of Guangxi's Qinzhou Museum, told Xinhua. "The Liu Yongfu tomb, for instance, has been targeted several times since the 1990s."

 

In addition to greed for money, the national fervor for antique collecting has also contributed to the phenomenon, according to Liang Xiao scarpe nike air max penny , a relics protection expert.

 

"Antique collection has become hugely popular in China," said Liang. "Criminals cater to the fervor by stealing and selling historical artifacts."

 

Liang believes the popularity of Chinese best-selling novel "The Grave Robbers' Chronicles," as well as its spinoffs, exacerbated the problem.

 

Chinese authorities have stepped up efforts to crack down on the crimes, but to no vail.

 

Mo Zhidong, an official with Guangxi's provincial department of cultural relics, pointed out that tombs and ancient ruins are usually situated in the wild scarpe nike air max plus , making surveillance very difficult.

 

"Due to limitations such as the lack of power supply and other bad infrastructure in remote areas, cameras are difficult to install," Mo said. "So when grave robbing happens, it is very hard to track suspects."

 

In Guangxi alone, 17 of the 66 historical sites protected at a national level are situated in wilderness, while most of the 355 ancient sites under regional protection are also located in remote areas.

 

Meanwhile, a dearth of supervising personnel makes the situation even worse.

 

"Cultural relics departments in most Chinese counties have only about four protection staff each scarpe nike air max 180 ," Mo said. "Imagine the difficulty of protecting a vast expanse of ruins with only four people."

 

Zhou Keda, with the Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences, said the government should raise public awareness of the issue, and provide more funding, especially for dedicated staff and surveillance equipment.

 

"Law enforcement departments should also improve supervision of the trade in artifacts to prevent rampant illegal trade," he said.

 

The academic also called for authorities to set up a national database, with each artifact coded.

 

"In this way scarpe nike air max 270 , once the artifacts flow into the market, authorities will be able to track their source and penalize criminals."

 

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