Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Swiss Watch Found in a 400-year-old Tomb
Archaeologists in China have found a Swiss watch in a 400-year old tomb. According to archaeologists, the time was stopped at 10:06 a.m. On the back of the watch was engraved the word “Swiss.”
Chinese archaeologists say they do not know what happened since they believe the tomb had been undisturbed since it was created during the Ming dynasty 400 years ago.
So, what happened? Did a Swiss archaeologist travel back in time and left the watch there as a souvenir? Probably not.
The best explanation for this mystery is that someone had entered the tomb in the past. The discovery of this watch can teach us an important lesson about archaeology: archaeologists must be very careful in their work and avoid contamination of an archaeological site. Contamination can affect the dating of the site and can bring suspicion on the authenticity of what is found at the site.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary