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Ancient king's treasure discovered in China

Posted on Tuesday, 5 August, 2014 | Comment icon 13 comments

An ancient Chinese pottery horse. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Wiki / Editor at Large
Archaeologists have uncovered more than 10,000 artefact's in the mausoleum of King Liu Fei.
Despite being looted several times in the past, the 2100-year-old mausoleum, which consists of several tombs and chambers, still contained a significant quantity of its original items when it was excavated between 2009 and 2011.

Among the finds were valuable treasures of gold, silver and jade as well as a number of life-size and miniature chariots. It appeared that Liu Fei, who had been revered by his people as a "luxurious" ruler, had been provided with a great many gifts at the time of his death.

"Although it was looted, archaeologists still discovered pottery vessels, lacquer wares, bronzes, gold and silver objects, and jades, about 200 sets altogether," wrote the archaeology team.

"The 'jade coffin' from M2 is the most significant discovery. Although the central chamber was looted, the structure of the jade coffin is still intact, which is the only undamaged jade coffin discovered in the history of Chinese archaeology."

Source: CBS News | Comments (13)

Tags: China, Liu Fei

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Rei4ever on 6 August, 2014, 5:39
Keep digging!!! We might find the Tomb of the Dragon Emperor!
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer on 6 August, 2014, 14:59
This is a great find. I just wonder how much of the find will show up in a museum and how much will disappear.
Comment icon #6 Posted by third_eye on 6 August, 2014, 15:04
Mainland China has a very very low tolerance for looters of antiquities ~ treasures or no ... priceless or otherwise ...
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 6 August, 2014, 19:39
True, but the Chinese also have an adage that if you aren't caught, it isn't a crime.
Comment icon #8 Posted by calaf on 6 August, 2014, 22:09
Just trying to be polite
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye on 7 August, 2014, 2:58
That only applies elsewhere in the world ... in mainland China ~ that does not hold ~ especially nowadays ...
Comment icon #10 Posted by toyomotor on 7 August, 2014, 5:13
The Third Eye is a book written by Tibetan Doctor/Priest Tuesday Lobsang Rampa. It's all about Astral Travel and how to detect the aura of other people.
Comment icon #11 Posted by PersonFromPorlock on 7 August, 2014, 20:14
From what I read, official corruption is endemic there. Freelancers without 'friends' may be discouraged, though.
Comment icon #12 Posted by third_eye on 7 August, 2014, 20:22
You are not keeping up to date with the situation ~ even if the looters gets their hands on anything there is nowhere for them to get a sale ... unless sneaking it out of the Country ~ tantamount to 'treason' and smuggling of 'National Treasures' basically ends up with a bullet behind the head ... hanging is deemed too good for the likes of them ~ ~ National Pride is quite on the ascent in Mainland China lately ~ in every 'Historical' sense of the word ~ ~

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