| Main Events of Sanxingdui
In 1929, a great number of jade objects with ancient Shu local characters
were discovered in Moon Bend for the first time.
In 1933, Ge Weihan, a professor at the West China University Museum,
investigated the remains.
In 1934, Ge Weihan, Li Mingjun etc, carried out the excavation;
the achievement was highly appraised by Mr. Guo Moruo.
In 1953, the director of Southwest Museum, Mr.Feng Hanji etc investigated
In 1956, Sichuan Museum investigated Sanxingdui.
In 1958, Sichuan Museum, the History Department of Sichuan University
together investigated the ruins, and found a lot of relics with
ancient Shu cultural features.
In 1963, Professor Feng Hanji began excavation.
In 1980, several units carried out the large-scale excavation,
and this work extended over the rest of the decade.
In 1981, the large house ruins were discovered. Aerial pictures
In 1982, the leaders of National Relics Bureau came to the site
to investigate, and then Sanxingdui was listed as a nationally important
In 1984, the cultural remains from the late Neolithic Age to early
Western Zhou were discovered in Xi Quankan, enabling the timeframe
of Sanxingdui to be generally defined.
In October 1985, the work proved the city walls in the ruins were
tamped with clay by laborers.
In May 1986, the Sichuan Relic Management Committee and some other
units carried out large-scale excavation, pushing back the date
of Sanxingdui to 5,000 years ago.
In June 1986, the No.1 sacrificial pit was found and excavated.
In August 1986, the No.2 sacrificial pit was found and excavated.
In October 1986, the national academic discussion on Sanxingdui
In January 1987, the Sichuan provincial government designated the
Sanxingdui remains to be an important protected unit.
In May 1987, over one thousand relics in the two pits were put
Professor Shu Bangui, etc investigated Sanxingdui, and declared
it to contain relics of an "ancient culture, ancient city and
In 1987, to protect the ruins, two brick factories were closed
and moved elsewhere.
In September 1987, some relics in Sanxingdui were included in "the
display of national important archaeological new discoveries"
held in Beijing.
In January 1988, the State Council declared the Sanxingdui remains
to be an important cultural protected relics unit in the whole country.
In February 1988, Sanxingdui Remains Working Station Museum of
the Sichuan Relic Archaeology Institute was built.
In April 1988, preparations began for the Sanxingdui Museum.
In January 1989, the excavation to Sanxingdui proved the walls
were tamped by laborers.
In January 1990, the excavation of the Eastern city wall began,
revealed unfired bricks, showing both the age and the ways of tamping
the city walls.
In March 1990, the chief building design of Sanxingdui was examined
In May 1990, a dike was built to prevent flooding.
In September 1990, some relics were included in the competition
"the display of Chinese culturally splendid relics".
In June 1992, the academic discussion meeting was held to discuss
the 60 years of work on Sanxingdui.
In May 1992, the excavation of the Western city wall was accepted.
Sanxingdui ancient city was accepted.
In August 1992, a foundation stone laying ceremony was held for
the Sanxingdui Museum.
In May 1993, some relics in Sanxingdui were put on show in the
Lausanne Olympic Museum.
In July 1994, the earth building work project of the chief museum
of Sanxingdui Museum was finished.
In September 1994, the Southern city wall was discovered and excavated;
this showed the boundary of the ancient city area was over 3 km.
In January 1995, the content design scheme "the cultural display
of ancient city, ancient country, ancient Shu" in Sanxingdui
Museum was examined and approved.
In June 1995, the firm design of the display was examined and approved.
In December 1995, some relics in Sanxingdui were displayed in the
Munich Hybary Foundation Arts Museum in Germany.
In April 1996, some relics in Sanxingdui were displayed in the
Zurich Art Museum in Switzerland.
In August 1996, the inner decoration and displays in the Sanxingdui
Museum, the outer garden and extra buildings were completed.
In September 1996, some relics in Sanxingdui were displayed in
the British Museum.
In October 1996, Japan and China together investigated the surrounds
of the Museum.
In February 1997, some relics in Sanxingdui were displayed in Denmark.
In Oct 1997, Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan was opened and the relics
began to be displayed fully.
In February 1998, some relics in Sanxingdui were displayed in the
Guggenheim Museum in New York.
In June 1998, some relics in Sanxingdui were displayed in the Japanese
cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Hiroshima.
In September 1998, "The display of ancient city, ancient country,
ancient Shu" in Sanxingdui Museum was chosen as one of the
ten most splendid displays in the first competition that was held
by the national relics system.
In October 1998, the celebration to mark the 1st anniversary of
the opening of the Sanxingdui Museum, a prize awards ceremony from
the national relics system was held in Guanghan, Sichuan.
In March 1999, some relics of Sanxingdui were on show in Taipei's
former Imperial Palace Museum.
In July 2000, Sanxingdui and Yinshang Civilization International
Academic Discussion was held in Guanghan, Sichuan.