An ancient tomb from the Western Han Dynasty was excavated in Hubei, surprising the archaeological team. A “thousand-year-old turtle” was unearthed from the tomb?

Archeology is a sacred and rigorous work. It is precisely because of these archaeologists that we can learn about the changes in ancient history to the greatest extent and discover the treasures left by our predecessors. However, when archaeologists explore ancient tombs, they often find traces of tomb robbers. These tomb robbers steal these priceless treasures and sell them to others for their own personal gain, causing immeasurable losses to the archaeological community in our country.

Tomb robbing has been around since ancient times. In modern times, when a large number of ancient tombs are discovered, they have traces of being visited by tomb robbers. We can only find out the identity of the tomb owner through the inscriptions inside the tomb chamber and the murals carved on the walls. The identity and the social situation at that time brought a lot of inconvenience to archaeologists. Heavy rain fell in Hubei Province. The continuous erosion caused by the heavy rain caused the soil to become soft, and an ancient tomb from the Western Han Dynasty was unexpectedly unearthed.

After learning about this incident, local archaeologists immediately led a team to conduct protective excavations. If it was not protected immediately, it would be likely to be targeted by some tomb robbers, causing irreparable losses. But when the archaeological team excavated deeply, they discovered a large number of robber holes, which meant that the tomb had been stolen before.

Sure enough, when the experts entered the tomb, they found that there was nothing inside, not even the coffin. This shows how rampant the tomb robbers were. However, the archaeological experts did not leave in a hurry, but chose to continue investigating to see if they could make some new discoveries. Suddenly, a crawling creature appeared from inside the tomb, startling the archaeological team. When they looked closely, there was actually a living creature in the tomb, the “Millennium Tortoise”? The turtle crawled slowly and gradually came to the archaeologist’s side. Why did this turtle appear? There were two completely different voices within the team.

The first theory is that the tortoise was brought in by tomb robbers to determine whether the air inside was poisonous. After stealing the cultural relics, they left it here without caring about it and lived there for so many years. After all, tortoises have a long lifespan. The second theory is that the turtle accidentally fell into the robber’s cave and did not die due to the special environment inside the tomb. Of the two statements, the second one is more convincing. After all, according to scientific research, the lifespan of a turtle is only more than 50 years at most, and it will not survive for thousands of years.