Hundreds of World War II bullets were discovered at a construction site in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and preliminary studies are suggesting that the bullets were used by the Chinese soldiers against the Japanese forces.
According to Xinhua, workers found over 450 machine gun bullets, cartridge cases, clips and bullet heads that were believed to be made for soviet union fire-arms. Zhu Chengshan, curator of the memorial hall, told Xinhua that the discovery is of “great importance” as the construction site outside the Memorial Hall for the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre may have been a 1.5-meter-deep trench.
This prediction is based on the type of bullets that have been found, historical records and the terrain in the surrounding area. More research is being carried out on the bullets in order to present finite details.
According to Zhu, more bullets are expected to be found and the site has been cornered off so excavation can continue.
By Sophie Regan