Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mystery: Swiss watch found in 400-year old Chinese tomb

Shades of Michael Crichton's Timeline, or television's Lost: archaeologists are stumped at the discovery of a Swiss watch within a Chinese tomb that was sealed more than four hundred years ago. While excavating the Ming-era tomb in southern China, researchers heard a metallic object hit the floor. When they picked it up they discovered, encrusted with the detritus of time, a tiny watch stopped at 10:06 and with the word "Swiss" engraved on the back.

Four hundred years ago there were no watches. And Switzerland didn't even exist as the country as we know it today. The watch itself is thought to be around one hundred years old.

The archaeologists have stopped with the dig until experts from Beijing can arrive to help unravel the anachronistic riddle.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to hear more on this as this story unravels.

Chris Knight said...

I need to post more stories like this one. Stuff like weird mysteries is something I've always enjoyed reading about. When I was growing up one of my favorite books was "Mysteries of the Unexplained", compiled by Reader's Digest. It's a wonder the spine remained intact, I read it so many times :-)

Anonymous said...

Let's go excavate in San Francisco...maybe we'll find an android head buried there.

later....

Anonymous said...

I knew I lost it somewhere just not sure where, now I know. Mabie somone will find my missing sox.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mystery: Swiss watch found in 400-year old Chinese tomb

Shades of Michael Crichton's Timeline, or television's Lost: archaeologists are stumped at the discovery of a Swiss watch within a Chinese tomb that was sealed more than four hundred years ago. While excavating the Ming-era tomb in southern China, researchers heard a metallic object hit the floor. When they picked it up they discovered, encrusted with the detritus of time, a tiny watch stopped at 10:06 and with the word "Swiss" engraved on the back.

Four hundred years ago there were no watches. And Switzerland didn't even exist as the country as we know it today. The watch itself is thought to be around one hundred years old.

The archaeologists have stopped with the dig until experts from Beijing can arrive to help unravel the anachronistic riddle.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to hear more on this as this story unravels.

Chris Knight said...

I need to post more stories like this one. Stuff like weird mysteries is something I've always enjoyed reading about. When I was growing up one of my favorite books was "Mysteries of the Unexplained", compiled by Reader's Digest. It's a wonder the spine remained intact, I read it so many times :-)

Anonymous said...

Let's go excavate in San Francisco...maybe we'll find an android head buried there.

later....

Anonymous said...

I knew I lost it somewhere just not sure where, now I know. Mabie somone will find my missing sox.