A bronze head, excavated from the Sanxingdui ruins in Sichuan province, southwestern China, where archaeologists have discovered thousands of exquisite items. Photo: Xinhua
A bronze head, excavated from the Sanxingdui ruins in Sichuan province, southwestern China, where archaeologists have discovered thousands of exquisite items. Photo: Xinhua

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Why archaeologists are so excited by China’s Sanxingdui ruins

  • Ancient treasure trove reveals deep connections between the mysterious Shu kingdom and other early Chinese settlements
  • Thousands of intricate relics of gold, bronze, jade and ivory have been found, all relating to sacrificial activities

A bronze head, excavated from the Sanxingdui ruins in Sichuan province, southwestern China, where archaeologists have discovered thousands of exquisite items. Photo: Xinhua
A bronze head, excavated from the Sanxingdui ruins in Sichuan province, southwestern China, where archaeologists have discovered thousands of exquisite items. Photo: Xinhua
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