Get a load of this you landlubbers! A legendary sunken treasure has recently been unearthed at the bottom of the Minjiang River in Sichuan province.
The 10,000 items made of gold and silver found by archaeologists provide proof for the tale of the “Yellow Tiger,” a peasant leader named Zhang Xianzhong who briefly ruled over Sichuan during the late Ming/early Qing period. Legend has it that in 1646, Zhang’s armada of 1,000 boats was sunk by an imperial army, sending all the great riches he had plundered down to the riverbed.
Turns out, the tales just may be true!
Archaeologists have discovered thousands of gold, silver and bronze coins, along with jewelry and iron weapons at the site located 50 kilometers south of Chengdu where the Minjiang and Jinjiang rivers meet.
“The objects uncovered are the most direct and compelling evidence to identify the area where the battle was fought,” said Wang Wei, a Chinese archaeologist.
Construction workers first began to discover valuable items near the site back in 2015. By 2010, the local government declared it a protected site, and began working on plans to excavate, Xinhua reports.
But, having heard about the vast amount of wealth hiding underneath the river, some treasure hunters couldn’t be bothered to wait. By 2015, local police had arrested 31 suspects, confiscating thousands of coins along with their diving equipment.
Archaeologists finally began excavating the site in January using pumps to drain water from the area, and digging five meters into the earth.
Check out some of the stuff they’ve found:
[Images via Xinhua]
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