Ancient treasury with gold and bronze artifacts found in China
Archaeologists have unearthed a 3,000-year-old treasury in southwest China containing 13,000 artifacts, including a tortoise-shell box and a sacrificial altar. It is reported by CNN.
The relics, many made of gold, bronze and jade, were found in six sacrificial pits at the Sanxingdui archaeological site near Chengdu, Sichuan province. Sanxingdui is an archaeological culture of the Bronze Age (1600-800 BC), which was characterized by a fairly advanced bronze casting technology, as well as the construction of irrigation facilities. Unfortunately for scientists, the culture left behind no written records or human remains that could help historians learn more about it. Nevertheless, many experts classify it with the ancient kingdom of Shu, which lasted until 316 AD.
Archaeologists have found 3,155 relatively intact relics, including more than 2,000 bronzes and statues, during the latest excavations, according to the Chinese state news agency Xinhua. Among the finds, archaeologists call the most intriguing casket in the shape of a tortoise shell made of bronze and jade, noting the fine workmanship and unusual shape of the artifact. A bronze altar 0.9 meters high was found in one of the pits where the people of the Shu kingdom are believed to have made sacrificial offerings to heaven, earth and their ancestors.
The variety of artifacts testifies to the cultural exchange between the ancient civilizations of China. Ran Honglin, director of the Sanxingdui Research Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology, noted that the sculpture with a human head and a snake body was characteristic of the ancient Shu civilization, while ceremonial zong vessels serve as cultural symbols of the Zhongyuan region. in the central part of China.