posted on Feb, 1 2006 @ 08:06 AM
Theres a couple of things that you need to take into consideration here, first and foremost being that this should not be considered a treasure hunt,
something to be plundered or something to 'take advantage' of. This is an archeological site, and more importantly - a tomb. I wont pretend to be an
expert on Chinese culture, but I imagine that this tomb is an important part of their heritage. If intact it will contain a wealth of knowledge about
the people and civilization at the time of its creation, much of which would be lost if someone just decided to dig a hole in the side of it and start
yanking things out. Alot can be learned from things you might not even expect to find there, things that might be overlooked by people only interested
in the 'fancy shiny stuff', something dropped or left behind by a workman perhaps. The point being its not as simple as openning the tomb and
carting stuff out.
Another factor would be available resources. I'm sure you're familiar with the terracotta warriors that accompany the tomb, all 8099 of them. They
are still being worked on and pieced back together, a process that some estimates say will take another 50 years. I'm sure this is keeping a good
portion of the skilled archeological workforce pretty busy and is occupying alot of the available workspace at the site.
Also, this from Wikipedia
This tomb has not been opened yet, as the area around it must first be sealed off with a special tent-type structure to prevent corrosion from
exposure to outside air. However, there is only one company in the world that makes these tents, and their largest model will not cover the site as
I agree with waiting until it can be done right, and remember they are really under no obligation to open it up at all.
I'm curious though, anyone know if there has been any kind of preliminary survey done to see if the tomb is in fact intact?