Detection of a possible bomb disrupted work at a construction site in Guanghan, Chengdu city of Southwest China's Sichuan province last Saturday. It later turned out that the suspicious object was a pot containing ancient Song Dynasty (960-1279) chinaware.
According to reports by Chengdu Economic Daily, a construction team excavated an iron jar-like object when digging a ditch in Xiangyang township.
For fear of a possible undetonated bomb, the workers stopped operations and called the police.
A suspicious object is detected at the construction site in Xiangyang township.[Photo/Chengdu Economic Daily]
Ceramic bowls found in the iron pot. [Photo/Chengdu Economic Daily]
It took officials three hours to rule out the possibility of radiation and explosives.
Local relic authority then took charge of the site and detected several white and greenish ceramic bowls inside the buried container.
Further examination showed there were altogether eight ceramic bowls, seven plates and a three-legged censor. The wares were believed to be in green glaze and date back to the Song Dynasty. The container, an ancient iron pot, was however undated.
The three-legged censor.[Photo/Chengdu Economic Daily]
Official said there had never been so many ancient ceramic pieces of such a high quality found in Guanghan before.