Sacrificial Pit found in Chinese City
Recently, a sacrificial pit has been discovered at the Sanxingdui Ruins Site located in China. Chinese archaeologists at the Sanxingdui Ruins in Sichuan Province have found six new sacrificial pits and around 500 items dating back to 3,000 years. This statement has been issued by the National Cultural Heritage Administration. Archaeologists have also found gold masks, miniature ivory sculptures, gold foil, bronze masks, bronze trees, carbonized seed and rice in four out of the six discovered pits.
About 60 km from provincial capital of Sichuan, Chengdu, the Guanghan city is located where the sacrificial pits have been discovered in the Sanxingdui ruins. According to the archaeologists, these ruins belonged to the Shu Kingdom that existed some 4,800 years ago and lasted for at least 2000 years ago.
Discovered in the year 1986, after preliminary finding in 1927, Sanxingdui is an archaeological site and a major Bronze Age culture of China. The artefacts, all remarkable in nature, were excavated by archaeologists. Radiocarbon dating the articles has placed them in 12th to 11th centuries BC. These artefacts are very similar to the artefacts of the ancient kingdom of Shu and they are currently displayed in the Sanxingdui Museum located near Guanghan.
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