Researchers and historians in China have found the greatest treasure of a 2,000 years old ancient tomb. The findings in the form of plates and gold coins successfully excavated from an ancient tomb.
Reportedly there are 378 coins and gold plates unearthed on Friday, December 25, 2015. As quoted from Daily Mail, the finding of valuables include thin plates of gold by around 22 centimeters long and 10 centimeters wide and hundreds of other pure gold coins.
|Gold items found in the main tomb at the site of the royal tombs of Liu He, the Marquis of Haihun State.
A treasure of gold is probably derived from an ancient tomb of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 24 AD) belong to Liu He, a grandson of Emperor Wu. Liu received the title of Haihunhou or Marquis of Haihun after he was dethroned after 27 days as emperor. Haihun is the name of a very small ancient kingdom in northern Jiangxi.
|Gold plates measuring 23cm long, 10cm wide and 0.3cm were found inside the main tomb at the royal site. (Picture from:
Archaeologists said the discovery of gold coins weighing 250 grams is the greatest discovery in the tomb of the Han Dynasty. Findings gold coins that also strengthens the record which indicates that China has significant gold deposits in that period.
|Hoof-shaped gold items excavated from the tomb of Haihunhou dating back to the Western Han Dynasty. (Picture from:
Yang Jun, the leader of the excavation team said, “if we had received the information one day late, the treasures of the ‘Haihunhou’ tomb would have been stolen.” he said at CCTVNews.
|The royal tombs are the best preserved of the Western Han Dynasty ever found in the country. (Picture from:
This excavation has been carried out since 2011, with the findings of the first artifacts that include a portrait of Confucius, almost 3,000 tablets of wood and bamboo slips, as well as a large number of items made of gold, bronze and jade. The plan, the artifacts will be brought to the laboratory for examination.
While the body of the treasure owner, namely Hauhunhou hitherto found yet. The excavation is expected to be completed in early 2016. Later, the Hauhunhou bodies will be exhibited as the object of study and learning the history of the past