Staff from the Guangxi Cultural Relic Bureau have begun refurbishment on the tomb of a famous general from the Qing era after it was raided and seriously damaged this past Thursday.
According to NetEase, a gardener discovered that the tomb had been raided on the morning of June 18 while working near the site. He immediately reported it to Chen Peizhi, director of the nearby Qinzhou Museum
The tomb belonged to Liu Yongfu (1837 to 1917), a general who won fame fighting against the French in northern Vietnam during the Sino-French War of 1883 and briefly became leader of the of the short-lived Republic of Formosa.
Chen along with other staff inspected the tomb and found that the tombstone had collapsed after a 1.5 meter deep, 60 cm diameter hole had been dug at the site. The contents of the tomb were found to be missing.
Chen told reporters that as no records of the tomb’s contents could be found, he speculated that it would not be of great archaeological value.
The tomb, listed as a national heritage relic, is located on a mountain at Laohucun in Qinzhou city. Despite the best efforts of local authorities to protect the tomb, there have been several attempts to raid the tomb over past decades.
By Lucy Liu
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