(ORDO NEWS) — Chinese archaeologists have discovered a bronze statue 1 meter high at the site of the ancient ruins of Sanxingdui in southwest China‘s Sichuan province.
The Research Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology of Sichuan Province held a press conference at the Sanxingdui Museum to announce the results of the archaeological excavation at the site of Sanxingdui, a major “Archaeological China” project.
All the relics of the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC – 1046 BC) distributed in the sacrificial area are associated with sacrifices and cover an area of almost 13,000 square meters.
The sacrificial zone includes Pit No. 1, Pit No. 2, excavated in 1986, and six pits discovered in 2020-2022. The eight pits are surrounded by rectangular trenches, small round and rectangular sacrificial pits, and trenches to the south and buildings to the northwest.
A large bronze statuette has been unearthed at the ruins of Sanxingdui along with other relics as archaeologists continue to excavate sacrificial pits #7 and #8 at what is considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century.
To date, about 13,000 objects buried more than 3,000 years ago have been recovered from six pits.
Archaeologists are currently at a critical stage in their excavations at Pit 7 and 8. The bronze figurine is the only large intact human figurine recovered from Pit 8, which has yielded even more buried treasure.
The standing bronze figure is about one meter tall, has physically strong arms and legs, and is dressed in ancient traditional attire. The figure is holding a thin bronze utensil and carrying a lei (an ancient wine vessel), an ancient wine vessel and ceremonial utensils.
Last weekend, a bronze altar was discovered in a sacrificial pit, which is about a meter high and decorated with mythical creatures. There are also important finds in another pit, where a large number of bronze fragments and jade items were found.
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