The Chinese archeologists did a strange discovery of ancient underwater treasure. The treasure was immense and comprised of 10,000 gold and silver coins. This, more than three centuries old treasure, was discovered in the bottom of a river in southwestern Sichuan Province. Researchers claim that it proves a 300 year old mythical battle, real. The treasures were sunk in the bottom of the river and are still intact almost.
Underwater Treasure Verifies 300 Year Old Battle
A centuries-old treasure trove that sank to the bottom of the river in southwestern Sichuan Province, was found by the archeologists carrying out excavation in that area. The archeology dig started somewhere in January and they announced the news just a few days back.
The treasure site is positioned at the crossing of Minjiang River and its branch Jinjiang River. It is around 31 miles south of Chengdu. It is claimed that the treasure belonged to the leader Zhang Xianzhong, who was defeated in the area by Ming Dynasty soldiers while trying to transport his treasure, in 1646.
Allegedly a thousand boats sank during this fight, which were loaded with treasures. They sank to the river beds and since then, this was a myth more than a fact. There were no proofs valid enough to verify the ancient fight. Wang Wei, a Chinese archaeologist stated as The Hindu reports , “The objects have helped identify the area where the battle was fought and are direct evidence of this historical event.” – as found in ancient-origins.net.
What All Was Found In The Treasure?
Many valuable objects were found in the underwater treasure. Back in 2005, the construction workers found some 7 silver ingots on the river bank. After a close examination of the treasure found, five years later in 2010, the local authorities declared that area as a protected site.
This was an evidence of the sunken boats, but not strong enough to lead the researchers to carry out a full fledged excavation as the mythical battle and sunken boats were arguable. But the treasure hunters did not miss a chance and did their work there. After a year long investigation, the authorities caught over 30 suspects and seized thousands of gold and silver coins.
This event pushed the authorities to take immediate actions and carry out an excavation to prevent further raids from treasure hunters. At last the authorities of the Sichuan province, launched the excavation project in order to find the hidden treasures and artifacts in the river bed, in January. Once the dry season arrived, they pumped the river water away to make it easier for the process.
Mr. Gao Dalun, the director of Sichuan Provincial Cultural Relics and Archaeology Research Institute, claimed that the treasure the was found, comprised of a large amount of gold, silver, bronze coins, and jewellery. He added that there were iron weapons such as swords, knives, and spears as well. This hidden treasure depicted the intricate craftsmanship of the people back then.
An archeologist, Li Boqian, from Peking university said “The items are extremely valuable to science, history and art. They are of great significance for research into the political, economic, military and social lives of the Ming Dynasty” as Xinhuanet reported .