18 December 2008, JellyBean @ 1:58 pm

What have archaeologists discovered in an ancient Ming Dynasty tomb?

When removing the soil wrapped around an ancient coffin, something fell off. When archaeologists looked more closely at the object, they were stunned by what they found.

At first they thought the object was a ring, which would have been common in the 14 – 17 centuries, the period from which the tomb dates, but looking closer they were shocked to see that it was a watch.

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Watches, before their inexpensive miniaturization in the 20th century, were mostly pocket watches, which often had covers and were carried in a pocket and attached to a watch chain or watch fob. Watches evolved in the 1600s from spring powered clocks, which first appeared in the 1400s.

The dig has been suspended until experts fly in from Beijing to investigate the object and hopefully to unravel the mystery.

Could the timepiece have been lost by an unlucky tomb robber, was technology more advanced in China than previously thought, or was it left there by a time traveler?

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