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Gold and silver ingots among treasure excavated in Sichuan river


More than 12,000 items that sank to the bottom of a river in Sichuan province over 300 years ago have been recovered, archaeologists said Friday.

Gold and silver ingots among treasure excavated in Sichuan river
A gold ingot unearthed during an archaeological excavation at Pengshan district in Meishan city,
Southwest China's Sichuan province [Credit: China News Service]
The items included a large amount of gold, silver and bronze coins and jewelry as well as iron weapons such as swords, knifes and spears.

Gold and silver ingots among treasure excavated in Sichuan river
A gold ingot unearthed during an archaeological excavation at Pengshan district in Meishan city,
Southwest China's Sichuan province [Credit: China News Service]
Gold and silver ingots among treasure excavated in Sichuan river
Silver ingots unearthed during an archaeological excavation at Pengshan district in Meishan city,
Southwest China's Sichuan province [Credit: China News Service]
Gold and silver ingots among treasure excavated in Sichuan river
Silver ingot unearthed during an archaeological excavation at Pengshan district in Meishan city,
Southwest China's Sichuan province [Credit: China News Service]
Gold and silver ingots among treasure excavated in Sichuan river
Artefact unearthed during an archaeological excavation at Pengshan district in Meishan city,
Southwest China's Sichuan province [Credit: China News Service]
Gold and silver ingots among treasure excavated in Sichuan river
Weapons unearthed during an archaeological excavation at Pengshan district in Meishan city,
Southwest China's Sichuan province [Credit: China News Service]
Gold and silver ingots among treasure excavated in Sichuan river
Gold ingots unearthed during an archaeological excavation at Pengshan district in Meishan city,
Southwest China's Sichuan province [Credit: China News Service]
Legend had it that in 1646, peasant leader Zhang Xianzhong was defeated by the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) soldiers while attempting to transfer his large haul of treasure southward.

About 1,000 boats loaded with money and assorted valuables were said to have sunk in the skirmish.

Source: China Daily [April 23, 2018]

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