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The items included a large amount of gold, silver and bronze coins and jewelry as well as iron weapons such as swords, knifes and spears.
A centuries-old legend that a vast booty of treasure belonging to the leader of a Chinese peasants uprising was lying at the bottom of a river has now been proven true.
After more than 10,000 items of gold and silver were recovered from the bottom of Minjiang River in Sichuan Province, archeologists confirmed Monday the tale of Zhang Xianzhong and his sunken treasure, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Legend had it that in 1646, peasant leader Zhang Xianzhong was defeated by Ming Dynasty soldiers while attempting to transfer his large haul of treasure southward.
About 1,000 boats loaded with money and assorted valuable were said to have sunk in the skirmish. But for centuries the story remained little more than a rumor with no reliable evidence.