In 2008 some workers were digging near the kiln where they plied their trade when they stumbled across some old stone tablets. Presumably hoping to profit from these apparently ancient artifacts, the men then kept quiet about their find. However, they were caught. And astonishingly, the tablets turned out to be from the tomb of one of China’s greatest ever warlords and leaders.
The man in question is Cao Cao, who ruled some 1,800 years ago. Born in the provincial city of Bozhou, Cao Cao lived in eastern China from 155 to 220 AD during a turbulent time in Chinese history known as the Three Kingdoms period. But the future ruler benefitted from minor aristocratic links, as his father had been adopted by Cao Teng, one of Emperor Huan’s favorite court eunuchs.