Over 10,000 artefacts unearthed at late Ming battlefield site

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Chinese archaeologists have discovered more than 10,000 artefacts during the latest round of excavations at Jiangkou Chenyin historic site, a late Ming battlefield site in Jiangkou Town, southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
Over 10,000 artefacts unearthed at late Ming battlefield site
Over 10,000 artefacts unearthed at late Ming battlefield site
Gold seal excavated from the Jiangkou stretch of the Minjiang River in Meishan City,
southwest China’s Sichuan Province [Credit: Xinhua/Liu Kun]




The items were mainly gold and silver wares, including coins, ingots, tableware, jewellery and clothing, among which the most noticeable is a square gold seal with a tortoise-shaped knob, believed to have been owned by a hereditary prince of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is the first time that this type of cultural relic, extremely valuable, has ever been found in China. Measuring 10cm long and 3cm thick, the seal contains 95 percent gold, with carved Chinese characters “Shu Shi Zi Bao”. “Shu” is the alternative name of present-day Sichuan, “Shi Zi” means the first son of the lineal decendants of a prince.

Over 10,000 artefacts unearthed at late Ming battlefield site
Gold ingots excavated from the Jiangkou stretch of the Minjiang River in Meishan City,
southwest China’s Sichuan Province [Credit: Xinhua/Liu Kun]

Over 10,000 artefacts unearthed at late Ming battlefield site
Gold ornament excavated from the Jiangkou stretch of the Minjiang River in Meishan City,
southwest China’s Sichuan Province [Credit: Xinhua/Liu Kun]

Over 10,000 artefacts unearthed at late Ming battlefield site
Gold buttons excavated from the Jiangkou stretch of the Minjiang River in Meishan City,
southwest China’s Sichuan Province [Credit: Xinhua/Liu Kun]




Over 10,000 artefacts unearthed at late Ming battlefield site
Gold bracelet excavated from the Jiangkou stretch of the Minjiang River in Meishan City,
southwest China’s Sichuan Province [Credit: Xinhua/Liu Kun]

Over 10,000 artefacts unearthed at late Ming battlefield site
Gold ring excavated from the Jiangkou stretch of the Minjiang River in Meishan City,
southwest China’s Sichuan Province [Credit: Xinhua/Liu Kun]

Over 10,000 artefacts unearthed at late Ming battlefield site
Gold coin excavated from the Jiangkou stretch of the Minjiang River in Meishan City,
southwest China’s Sichuan Province [Credit: Xinhua/Liu Kun]




Over 10,000 artefacts unearthed at late Ming battlefield site
Silver ingots excavated from the Jiangkou stretch of the Minjiang River in Meishan City,
southwest China’s Sichuan Province [Credit: Xinhua/Liu Kun]

This year’s latest round of excavations lasted for over three months from January to April and covered an area of 5,000 square metres. During the first two rounds at the Ming battlefield site in 2017 and 2018, archaeologists unearthed more than 42,000 artefacts from the riverbed.

The construction of a new museum, to organize exhibitions and restore the artefacts, will start at the end of the year. The museum is expected to open in three years..

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