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China’s 2,300-Year-Old Mystery Busted, Metal-Making Formula Decoded


Chinese Metal Formula Decode: 2,300 years ago in China, unique technology was used to make metal; over time, this technology gradually fell into the trough. Although this technology was present in the form of text, an ancient language, it was not helping to understand it. However, now scientists have decoded this text. The text of 300 BC is known as ‘Kaogong Ji’.

Six formulas hidden

According to the report of CNN, six formulas for making particular types of metals were hidden in this text. Two names were explicitly present in each formula. Their names are Jin and Xi. Scientists say about this that they are no longer found in the world. At the same time, some believe that these metals are copper and tin.

Knowing the secret for 100 years

The Cao Gong Ji text is from an article titled ‘The Rights of Zhou’. Swords, bells, axes, knives and mirror objects were made through this ancient text. Scientists have worked hard for the last 100 years to understand this text.


Problem with Chinese words

Recently, research was published about this. Ruiliang Liu, the curator of the British Museum’s Early China Collection in London and co-author of the study, said the unravelling of this mystery would help better understand the techniques of ancient metal production. Jin means gold in modern Chinese, but the word’s old meaning could be copper, a copper alloy or even metal. This is the reason why it was difficult to understand this metal mixture.

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Scientists initially thought those metals were made by diluting copper with tin and lead, but research showed that the metal was made from a mixture of two metals. One was made of copper, tin and lead. The other was made of copper and lead. The researchers said that this type of analysis could help understand other texts about ancient metallurgy from different cultures and regions in the future.

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