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Chinese archaeologists on a dig in Xinyang City in Henan Province have uncovered a particularly remarkable find. The scientists claim that they managed to recover a sword from an ancient tomb which they believe to be over two thousand years old. They claim that the sword was so immaculately well-preserved that it was still shining when they pulled the sword from its battered scabbard.
Historians and archaeologists believe that the sword dates from the Warring States period (475 BC -221BC) which was a particularly tumultuous and violent time in Chinese history. During this period all of the eight states of the Zhou Dynasty were embroiled in a bitter and savage war which comprised of a nearly constant period of battling. Therefore, it is probable that this sword had a great deal of use. The Warring States period concluded when the Qin dynasty conquered all of the warring states and brought them under one rule. The Qin dynasty would only last for a brief period of time. Today, the Qin dynasty is mainly remembered for the formation of the infamous Terracotta Army.
It is hoped that this extraordinarily well-preserved sword will give ordinary people in China a chance to catch a unique glimpse of the finer details of this incredibly significant period in the country’s history. After historians and other experts have concluded their investigations into this remarkable find, it is thought that it will go on display in one of China’s many museums.
This is not the first time that significant archaeological finds have been uncovered in Henan Province. In the spring of 2016, Chinese archaeologists found a huge number of 3000-year-old coffins dating from the period of the Shang dynasty (1600 BC-1046 BC) which is believed to have been a family burial plot for a prominent aristocratic family.
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