(ORDO NEWS) — Experts carried out excavations at the Sanxingdui archaeological site in China. They examined one of the six pits present on the territory, in which a unique artifact was discovered. Scientists have found a sacred tree made of bronze. It belongs to the Shu culture.
This is reported by The History Blog.
The find turned out to be incredibly difficult, so they excavated it for four months. The artifact was decorated with elephant tusks, which had to be handled with particular care so as not to destroy them.
After the antique item was completely removed, it became clear that this is an image of a tree in bronze, which has a ritual origin. To date, 729 different artifacts have already been recovered from Sacrificial Pit 3. 478 of them are in fairly good condition.
It is worth noting that before, experts were unable to find sacred trees in this particular place. In pit 2 in 1986, archaeologists were able to excavate only minor parts that remained from the bronze trees. They were all small in size. As a result, it was possible to collect only three trees from the discovered pieces.
Xu Feihong said that the new find has almost the same appearance as the second tree, which has been restored by experts for ten years. He added that the project is still ongoing, because some of the parts of the artifact have not been found.
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