A family in Hubei province believed that they had unearthed a treasure trove of priceless ancient artifacts while doing some renovation under their house. Instead, the items turned out to be artifacts from a different, more recent, era.
The city of Daye in eastern Hubei province was once the cradle of ancient bronze culture in China, in operation between the Western Zhou (1046-771 BCE) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. Underneath the city, archaeologists have discovered hundreds of copper mining tunnels, along with the ruins of several large furnaces. Meanwhile, locals have also unearthed numerous priceless pieces of ancient bronzeware over the years.
Villagers are required to turn over any ancient artifacts they find to the local government. However, on this occassion the family refused, causing authorities to send the police to their home who then told the family to hand over the items or have them taken by force, Chutian Metropolis Daily reports.
But it seems that the family could have actually held out for a while against police. After inspection, it was quickly realized that the family had not discovered a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, but a stockpile of explosives.
Turns out that Daye was also home to a contingent of Imperial Japanese troops during World War II.
[Images via Chutian Metropolis Daily]
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