Archaeologists digging in the royal Haihunhou cemetery in Nanchang
City in eastern China are reported to have unearthed considerable numbers of
gold coins, gold sheets, gold ingots, and other relics from the Han Dynasty.
On Dec. 24, the head of the archaeological experts panel, Xin
Lixiang, is reported in media interviews to have indicated the latest
finds include an extensive discovery of gold coins.
The Dec. 24 excavation that included the discovery of 96 gold coins
brought the total number of ancient gold coins unearthed at the
cemetery to 285. That total number jumped to 378 when additional coins
were discovered Dec. 25.
In addition to the gold coins found during the excavation,
hoof-shaped gold ingots, jade pendants and 2,000-year-old goose-shaped
bronze lamps are also reported. The Dec. 24 and 25 finds include 20
thin gold sheets measuring 22 centimeters by 10 centimeters by 0.3 centimeter.
The excavation site covers more than 43,000 square feet and is
believed by researchers to be the tomb of Liu He. Liu He is reported
to have been the first Haihunhou, or marquis of Haihun State, a small
kingdom in the north Jiangxi Province.
News.Xinhuanet.com quotes Duan Qingbo, a professor at Northwest
University, as stating that records indicate China had significant
gold reserves during that period. Records of the Western Han Dynasty
speak of a general being rewarded with more than 50,000 kilograms of
gold and a prince leaving 100,000 kilograms of gold when he died,
Qingbo is reported as saying.
The cemetery has been subjected to archaeological exploration since
2011. More than 10,000 items have been discovered
during the multiple excavations, with 110 of the items recovered put
on exhibition at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang.