3,000-year-old pig figurine unearthed in China

(ORDO NEWS) — Chinese archaeologists excavating a historical site in Lianhe village in Sichuan province have discovered a ceramic pig, about 3,000 years old, which surprisingly resembles one of the characters in the popular animated film Angry Birds.

According to China Daily, the find was made by the mission of the Sichuan Provincial Research Institute for Cultural Relics and Archeology. Since October last year, she has been conducting excavations near the village of Lianhe, where the first settlement appeared about five thousand years ago. By the way, it was called Lianhe.

This village is located near the ruins of the city of Sanxingdui, which existed from about 2050 to 1250 BC and was the capital of the Shu kingdom for a long time.

Archaeologists have discovered a large number of relics from various eras, spanning almost 5,000 years. During the excavations, tombs were found, which contained ritual objects, including porcelain.

However, the most unusual and attractive find was the clay pig, which is very similar to one of the cheerful green pigs from the CGI Angry Birds comedy film. According to scientists, the age of this relic is about 3000 years.

Archaeologists note that such a find itself is not a rarity. The practice of making figurines of pigs was widespread during the Shang and Zhou dynasties (16th century – 256 BC). Then they were very popular pets.

“The remains of real pigs were found during excavations in the Sanxingdui ruins,” says Xin Zhonghua of the Sichuan Relic Institute in charge of excavation in Lianhe. …

The ruins of Sansindui were discovered by accident in 1929 by a farmer digging in his field. Since then, during excavations in this city and its surroundings, more than 10 thousand different relics have been discovered. However, such a funny clay pig has never fallen into the hands of archaeologists.


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