外文标题：Boy discovers 3000-year-old bronze sword in China
BEIJING: A 3000-year-old bronze sword has been discovered in a local river by an 11-year-old child in east China's Jiangsu Province.
Yang Junxi discovered the rusty sword on July 2 when he was playing near the Laozhoulin River in Gaoyou County.
While washing hands in the river, Yang touched the tip of something hard and fished out the metal sword. He took it home and gave it to his father Yang Jinhai.
Upon hearing the news, people began flocking to Yang's home, Jinhai said.
"Some people even offered high prices to buy the the sword, but I felt it would be illegal to sell the cultural relic," Jinhai told sate-run Xinhua news agency.
After considering his options, the father sent the sword to the Gaoyou Cultural Relics Bureau on September 3.
The bureau arranged a joint team of local cultural relics experts to identify the sword. They identified sword's material, length, shape and other major factors.
Initial identifications found the 26-cm-long yellow-brown sword could be dated back to more than 3,000 years ago, around the time of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, said Lyu Zhiwei, head of the cultural relics office of the bureau.
"There was no characteristic or decorative pattern on the exquisite bronze sword. Made in a time of relatively low productivity, its owner would have been an able man with the qualification to have such artifact," he said.
"The short sword seems a status symbol of a civil official. It has both decorative and practical functions, but is not in the shape of sword for military officers," he said. It is the second bronze artifact found in the region after a bronze instrument was excavated in the nearby Sanduo Township.
Saloni Parmar (Pune)
That boy should be given a prize for this wonderful discovery
that poor farmer lost a chance to become rich in a country haunted by the communist rich men.
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Mansi Kumar (Along)
Wow thats a marvellous discovery indeed and may rewrite the history as we know it
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SJ Meka ()
The thing is that Father has done his duty perfectly as a citizen. He will be a role model for his kid in the future too.
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SJ Meka ()
Good! Father has to be congratulated really. Thinking it as the national cultural one, telling to the officials is a very recommendable one.....
They could have given some appreciation reward to the kid and father, they have not sold it to others despite of offers from people wanting to buy it.
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