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Gangs of artifact thieves arrested in China

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Eight gangs have been arrested in western China for tomb-raiding and smuggling imperial burial objects from 2,000 years ago, according to state media.

Over 1,100 ancient artefacts were recovered and a total of 91 people arrested in Shaanxi province in the year-long crackdown by police, which was the largest campaign of its sort in China in recent years, CCTV news reported on Saturday.

Some of the relics are so precious that even the Forbidden City had not seen the like, the report said.

For example, a glass hairpin from the Western Han dynasty (202BC-8AD) was the first of its kind ever discovered, and in the Palace Museum collection there is only a broken half made of jade.



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