An 11-year-old boy in Gaoyou city, Jiangsu province was washing his hands in a river when he stumbled upon a 26-centimeter-long bronze sword poking out of the earth. According to archeologists, the sword dates back 3,000 years to the Shangzhou period and has some serious archeological value attached to it, Yangzi Evening Daily reports.
No doubt excited with his new find, young Yang Junxi pulled the sword out and took it home with him. His father, Yang Jinhai, took a look at it and figured it could be valuable, so he handed it over to the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Gaoyou city on September 3.
We’re not surprised it took 3,000 years to find in this swamp.
Yesterday, officers from the bureau along with the Gaoyou Museum awarded little Yang a certificate and reward money.
Lu Zhike, head of the bureau, told reporters that the sword is still in surprisingly good shape after so many years of corrosion.
He said this was the second bronze relic to be found in Gaoyou. The first was a musical instrument discovered in 2007.
“No words or ornamentation were found on the sword, but from its design and based on our research and evaluation, we reached the consensus that the owner of the sword could be a noble man in the Shangzhou period,” Lu said.
More evaluation and research will be conducted and the specific history of the sword will be unveiled.
By Lucy Liu
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