Archaeological Discoveries
in 2001
Archaeological Discoveries
in 2000
Top Ten Archaeological Finds
for 1999
Archaeological Discoveries
in 1999

Sacrificial Utensils Unearthed at Sanxingdui Ruins

  Chinese archeologists have dug out a complete set of sacrificial utensils from a pit at Sanxingdui Ruins, an important site for relics in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

  The set has three pieces, with two used to worship the heaven and one was to worship the earth.

  The findings are considered to be utensils used by a local tribe. Experts are studying the historical importance of these utensils, said Wang Lumao, head of the archeological team.

  Meanwhile, a jar with two ears and a flat bottom was unearthed from another pit. The shape has never been seen at the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and in Central China before, Wang said.

  Sanxingdui, located close to Guanghan on the Chengdu Plain, contains the oldest and largest ruins of the ancient Shu Kingdom. Chinese archaeologists are conducting the 14th large scale excavation at the ruins.

(People's Daily 12/20/2000)