A boy in an east China province made a huge discovery while washing his hands in a river.
The 11-year-old felt something sharp and dug out this metal sword. When he brought it home, news spread and then offers to buy the sword started flooding in.
His father thought it might be illegal to sell so he sent it to the Gaoyou Cultural Relics Bureau and it determined the weapon came from the Shang or Zhou dynasties from more than 3,000 years ago.
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Boy, 11, discovers 3,000-year-old sword in river
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A Chinese man uses a net to push aside blue-green algae on Taihu Lake in Wuxi, eastern China's Jiangsu province on Friday, June 1 2007. China artificially induced rainfall and diverted the Yangtze River to flush an algae-covered lake, making the water clearer though still not drinkable for millions living nearby, state media reported Saturday.(AP Photo/Color China Photo) **CHINA OUT**
Grass on the river bank is blacken by petrol on May 13, 2013 in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu province after a vessel hit a bridge on the Yangtze River and sunk into the river. People living downstream rushed into supermarkets to buy bottled water for fear that the water quality might be influenced while local media reported the accident hasn't polluted the waters following the sensation. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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China seems to be a treasure trove for ancient artifacts.
Last year, archaeologists discovered what they believed to be some of the world's oldest known writing. Markings etched on broken axes resemble a modern Chinese character and it dated back roughly 5,000 years.
And a few months later about 80 human skulls were unearthed in the northwestern region where the largest prehistoric Chinese city was found. They are believed to be at least 4,000 years old.