Asia's Looted Treasures: Inside a Tomb Raid

A Xi'an gang broke into the 2,000-year-old tomb of China's Empress Dou and made off with a slew of rare artifacts. Here's how:

1 Near Empress Dou's burial mound, raiders use a TANGAN to take soil samples, which indicate the exact location of the 131 ft. by 131 ft. tomb, buried deep underground

2 To speed up the digging, the gang blows out a crater at the surface with dynamite. They are careful not to set off the charge directly over the tomb--the impact might collapse the roof

3 A tunnel 115 ft. deep is excavated. The gang uses ropes to...

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