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Tombs unearthed in Beijing
2006-05-08 02:50:47 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese officials from the antiquities bureau are seen near the unearthed imperial-era tombs at the construction site of a shooting range for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where work has been suspended in Beijing, May 8, 2006.

The tombs, found in mid-April, are believed to date back five to six centuries to the Ming dynasty and may be those of eunuchs serving at the imperial court, the Beijing Morning Post said. Beijing has been the site of imperial and other capitals for more than 1,000 years, and almost every major building project unearths gravesites or relics. Most are removed or destroyed before experts can examine them.

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