12th January, 2018
Police from East China’s Anhui Province have arrested members of a tomb raiding ring, retrieving more than 50 items, Local Authority said on Friday.
The stolen goods include porcelain, coins and pottery looted from six tombs dating back to various dynasties ranging from Song (960-1279) to Qing (1644-1911), according to the government of Qingyang County.
Some items have been damaged due to improper excavation and storage, it said.
Four of the items are under state-level protection.
Police officer Ge Yumeng said that villagers told the police in March 2017 that suspicious people often appeared on a mountain in Dongnan Village, home to many tombs.