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Newly uncovered artifacts reveal the secrets of a long-lost Chinese civilization

  • 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. 

Ancient Artifact Stolen From Chinese Temple Sells for $580,000 at British Auction

A stolen rare artifact from a revered imperial palace in China fetched more than double its estimated value at a recent auction in England.

Reportedly looted in Beijing by a British soldier in 1860, the 3,000-year-old bronze water vessel dating back to the Western Zhou dynasty (1047-772BC), was purchased for a whopping  £410,000 ($581,600) at Canterbury Auction Galleries on Wednesday.