A Chinese sword removed from its scabbard for the first time in more than 2,000 years was so well-preserved it was still shiny. The traditional Chinese weapon was found inside an ancient coffin in Henan Province in central China, where the Chinese civilization is thought to have originated.
The sword, discovered by archaeologists from Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, is believed to be from China’s Warring States period (475 BC -221 BC).
It was found kept inside the coffin at the left hand side of the owner. As archaeologists opened the coffin they found the blade in a laboratory, which had been excavated from the No.18 ancient tomb in the ruins of Chengyang city.
They removed carefully all the mud covering the sword, cleaned the sheath before separating the blade from its cover at around 12pm on December 30.
The following video shows a spectacular moment of scientists pulling out the sword, which is a great example of Chinese craftsmen’s skills: the weapon was still lethal even after two millennia.
Wu Zhijiang, a team leader from Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, was one of the two archaeologists who pulled the sword.
Mr Wu told that it was in fact not uncommon to see well-protected ancient swords in the region. Usually the ancient tombs from the Chu Kingdom were sealed off from the outside world into a humid environment, so weapons wouldn’t oxidise so easily. However the owner of the tomb is still has to be confirmed.