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Ancient king's treasure discovered in China

By T.K. Randall
August 5, 2014 · Comment icon 12 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 (12)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by LucidElement 8 years ago
Im amazed by this, because, it was excavated in 2009... and been looted, its 2100 years old! Can you imagine being the indivual to excavate something like that?? but its been looted, by whom i wonder? what did they take and where will it go?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Rei4ever 8 years ago
Keep digging!!! We might find the Tomb of the Dragon Emperor!
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
Mainland China has a very very low tolerance for looters of antiquities ~ treasures or no ... priceless or otherwise ...
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Mainland China has a very very low tolerance for looters of antiquities ~ treasures or no ... priceless or otherwise ... 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 8 years ago
What's with people writing WTF instead of WHAAT THA ****! Just trying to be polite
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye 8 years ago
True, but the Chinese also have an adage that if you aren't caught, it isn't a crime. That only applies elsewhere in the world ... in mainland China ~ that does not hold ~ especially nowadays ...
Comment icon #10 Posted by toyomotor 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
That only applies elsewhere in the world ... in mainland China ~ that does not hold ~ especially nowadays ... From what I read, official corruption is endemic there. Freelancers without 'friends' may be discouraged, though.
Comment icon #12 Posted by third_eye 8 years ago
From what I read, official corruption is endemic there. Freelancers without 'friends' may be discouraged, though. 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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