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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 Chinese woman discovered to be oldest known case of ‘yue’ — punishment by foot amputation

  • Archeologists in China conducted the first full study of an amputation case involving “yue,” an ancient Chinese punishment that involved cutting off a person’s foot.
  • Yue, along with other forms of mutilation, was used as a form of punishment in ancient China for over 1,000 years until it was eventually abolished around 200 BC.
  • The research involved the analysis of a skeleton found at a burial site called Zhouyan in the northwestern province of Shaanxi.
  • X-ray analysis of the remains concluded that the remains were from a woman aged 30 to 35 with an amputated right foot, indicating the seriousness of her purported crime.

Archeologists in China have found potential evidence of “yue,” an ancient Chinese punishment that involved cutting off a person’s foot. 

Published in Acta Anthropologica Sinica, the work is the first well-studied punitive amputation case from an archaeological site, offering important insight and valuable data for further study of ancient China’s penal system and social customs.

Every Western Civilization is Just a ‘Sub-Civilization’ of Chinese Culture, Professors Claim

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A group of scholars from China has recently claimed that the English language is actually a dialect derived from Chinese.

Scholars from World Civilization Research Association (世界文明研究促進會) have reportedly put forward the idea that Western civilization originated from China and all European languages are mere dialects of Mandarin.