How Did a Swiss Ring Watch End Up in a Tomb?
I know you may be asking yourself "Who the hell wears ring watches"? Seriously, I understand your frustration while reading this post and you are probably thinking, that is this mystery we are trying to uncover. Who in the heck fire would ever wear a fashion nightmare called a ring watch. Everything about a ring watch is all wrong! All of it! But believe it or not the mystery goes deeper than just a human being with terrible fashion sense.
According to Ancient Origins, Swiss Ring Watch End up in a Sealed Ming Dynasty Tomb. Swiss Ring Watch End up in a Sealed Ming Dynasty Tomb? In 2008 it was reported by several news outlets that a team of archaeologists had made a puzzling discovery. Reports the team of archaeologists and journalists filming a documentary at a dig at a sealed tomb dating to the Ming Dynasty in Shangsi, southern China. As one of the coffins was being cleared of soil before being opened, a strange thing happened. “When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, suddenly a piece of rock dropped off and hit the ground with metallic sound,” said Jiang Yanyu, a former curator of the Guangxi Autonomous Region Museum, according to reports. “We picked up the object, and found it was a ring. After removing the covering soil and examining it further, we were shocked to see it was a watch.”
The strange metallic object was said to be a small golden ring, with a watch face on its front, approximately two millimeters thick. Tiny hands on the watch showed time had frozen at 10:06. Most astonishing of all, the back of the diminutive watch was said to have the word “Swiss” or “Switzerland” written in English
“Swiss Made” is the term used in recent decades to show that product has originated in Switzerland, especially relating to watches.
How was it possible that a tomb sealed for 400 years and dating to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) had come to hold an artifact that could only have been created after the establishment of the present state of Switzerland, (in 1848; previous to then it was known as The Old Swiss Confederacy) and the ring-watch is said to date back only a century?
How could such an artifact have been discovered so out of place and out of time? SERIOUSLY, WTF!!
TheoriesThere are many theories as to how a modern-looking Swiss ring with a watch face might have been discovered by Chinese archaeologists from a 400-year-old sealed tomb.
Some researchers cite the possibility of time travelers who came from the future and who dropped a modern ring in an ancient location, accidentally leaving their anachronistic possession behind.
However, it is also within the realm of possibility that the so-called ‘sealed’ tomb was not as secure as the Chinese officials and archaeologists had presumed. Early tomb-raiders or explorers gaining access to the tombs secretly cannot be ruled out, although there are no reports on any of the ancient Chinese artifacts having suffered damage or theft—something which might be expected if the tomb was entered.
Still others comment that if the strange timepiece/jewelry had been dropped in the last century or so, a rodent might have taken it and burrowed into the tomb.
How do you guys think it got there?