Mystery of Chinese Gunpowder Solved?

China View: Chinese archaeologists may have discovered the secret of China's invention of gunpowder. Scientists have long believed that gunpowder was discovered by the Chinese over 1,000 years ago. Now they may be able to prove it. A team of archaeologists working in caves in southwestern China's Sichuan Province have discovered an ancient saltpeter factory. Other caves were used for workshops and storage pits. Researchers feel that this was a trade center from which saltpeter, or "Chinese Snow," was transported to as far away as Europe.

"We are so excited to find important material proofs regarding the invention of gunpowder," said Luo Zhewen, head of the expert team under the State Bureau of Cultural Relics.

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