- Archaeologists in southwest China have uncovered a trove of over 13,000 artifacts that shed light on the vibrant culture of Sanxingdui — an ancient Chinese civilization that mysteriously vanished thousands of years ago.
- One of the highlights is a bronze and jade box with a tortoise-shaped lid adorned with handles in the shape of dragon heads.
- "It would not be an exaggeration to say that the vessel is one of a kind, given its distinctive shape, fine craftsmanship and ingenious design,” Li Haichao, a professor at Sichuan University, told Xinhua.
- Many of the sculptures uncovered are emblematic of cultural exchange and integration in the early Chinese civilization.
- Discovered by a farmer in the Sichuan Province in 1927, the site was a shocking revelation for many historians and archeologists because it challenged the well-accepted theory that the birthplace of Chinese civilization was in northern China’s Yellow River Basin.
- Because there are no existing written records or human remains attributed to Sanxingdui, the artifacts uncovered in the site are the sole remnants of a culture that experts believe to be a part of the 4800-year-old Shu Kingdom.
Archaeologists in southwest China announced on Mondy that they have uncovered a trove of over 13,000 artifacts that shed light on the vibrant culture of Sanxingdui — an ancient Chinese civilization that mysteriously vanished thousands of years ago.
One of the highlights is a bronze and jade box with a tortoise-shaped lid adorned with handles in the shape of dragon heads. Researchers also revealed that the box had been wrapped in silk after detecting traces of the material surrounding it.
Archaeologists made an astonishing discovery late last year when they unearthed what was thought to be 2,000-year-old wine from a Western Han Dynasty tomb; but after months of testing, scientists now believe that the liquid could be an “Elixir of Immortality.”
Scientists were able to recover the 3.5 liter liquid from the tomb of a royal family in October. Experts first suggested that the liquid inside it could be wine as it gave off an alcohol aroma.
There is a new Terracotta Warriors-themed hotel in Xi’an and it features numerous replica sculptures depicting the famed armies of China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
Archaeologists were working on an excavation site in Luoyang, Henan when they unearthed a jar containing what appeared to be 2,000-year-old Chinese wine.
Scientists at the excavation site discovered a bronze-colored jar from the Western Han Dynasty tomb containing 3.5 liters of clear yellow liquid. As soon as the archaeologists opened the lid, the contents gave off a rich aroma of alcohol, according to Xinhua News Agency.
A robe that allegedly belonged to one of the emperors of China’s Qing Dynasty is going up for auction in London, England.
The robe, which dates back to the Qianlong Emperor who ruled China from 1711 to 1799, is being estimated to fetch between £100,000 to £150,000 ($127,000 to $191,000) in the auction that is set to be held on Nov. 8, according to Bonhams.