Ancient ritual bronzewares unearthed in central China

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A batch of bronze ritual vessels and pottery molds, dating back to the Shang Dynasty (about 1600 BC-1046 BC), have been discovered in a cultural relic site in central China's Henan Province.

Archaeologists discovered 34 bronze ritual objects of the late Shang Dynasty from many tombs of the Xindian relic site in the city of Anyang. More than 4,000 pieces of items used for bronze casting were also found.

Kong Deming, head of Anyang archaeology institute, said the discoveries have once again proven that the region was once a large bronze casting site boasting advanced techniques and rich products.

The Xindian archaeological site was discovered in 2016. The institute organized a second excavation at the site in 2018.

The site is about 10 km away from the ruins of Yin, the last capital of the Shang Dynasty.

Experts said further studies should be made to better understand the relationship between the Xindian archaeological site and the ruins of Yin, as well as the function of the Xindian site at that period of time. 

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