Archaeological finds shed light on ancient civilization

By Huang Zhiling in Chengdu | China Daily | Updated: 2022-06-24 07:00
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Popular exhibits at the Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan include this bronze mask. [Photo by Huang Leran/For China Daily]

Closely related

Zhu Zhangyi, curator of the Jinsha Site Museum in Chengdu, said the ruins at Sanxingdui and Jinsha are closely related.

"The National Cultural Heritage Administration is promoting the sites' joint application for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List," he said.

The Jinsha Ruins are likely to have been the political and cultural center of the Shu Kingdom, which moved from Sanxingdui about 3,000 years ago, said Zhu, who has been an archaeologist since taking part in the excavation of the No 1 and No 2 pits at the Sanxingdui Ruins in 1986.

Occupying 5 sq km, the Jinsha Ruins, home to the Jinsha Site Museum, include an area for holding sacrificial rites, residential quarters for the nobility, a residential complex for commoners, and a graveyard.

According to experts, these ruins are one of the most important archaeological findings since the discovery of the Sanxingdui site.

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