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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Issue 8. April 1976]

N.Z. Press Association

N.Z. Press Association

About 1000 bamboo slips, most carrying laws and documents dating back 2200 years, have been found in one of 12 tombs recently excavated in Yunmeng County in central China.

The tombs were discovered by peasants digging a drainage canal.

The three laws of the Chin dynasty unearthed are China's earliest laws and acts so far discovered and the bamboo slips, well preserved and with legible characters, are the first discovered of the Chin dynasty (221 B.C. to 207 B.C.).