Legendary treasures from sunken ships found in Sichuan
An old Chinese legend of countless treasures of the peasant king, resting on the bottom of the river for 300 years, turned out to be true.
In mid-March, archaeologists have learned from the Minjiang River (Sichuan Province), more than 10 thousand gold and silver artifacts. March 20, scientists have officially declared that the found values - the ones from the legend of Yellow Tiger and his last battle, according to the Chinese Xinhua news agency.
The yellow tiger - nickname Zhang Xianzhong, one of the two great leaders of the Peasants' War 1628 - 1647 years, which ended three centuries of the Ming Dynasty.
Countless gold, jewels, even the place of flooding - all coincide with what archaeologists have discovered: the archaeological site is located on the confluence of the Minjiang and Jingjiang, 50 kilometers south of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.
The people say that in 1646 Zhang Xianzhong cross the river its countless treasures, but his ships laden with money and jewels, was attacked by the army of the Ming Dynasty. Zhang Xianzhong was defeated, and about a thousand ships sank.
Among the objects found large amounts of gold, silver and bronze coins, jewelry, iron swords, knives and spears.
The archaeologists noted that several characters, covering the gold and silver utensils, can still be seen quite clearly, and exquisite engraving on jewelery tells the incredible skill of the time.
The excavations began in January of this year, with the beginning of the dry season. By mid-March the archaeological work carried out on the territory of 10 thousand sq. Meters.
Found incredibly valuable for science, history and art. They are of great importance for the study of political, economic, military and social life during the reign of the Ming Dynasty.