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New discoveries at Sanxingdui site unlock lost civilization

After five consecutive years of excavations, Chinese archaeologists have unearthed the northern section of the city wall at the Sanxingdui site, and found that the area most likely belonged to the ancient state of Shu in present day Sichuan province, according to the provincial archaeological research institute on Thursday.

New discoveries at Sanxingdui site unlock lost civilization
Experts say the discovery of the walls finally gives them a complete 
outline of the city [Credit: CNS/Zhong Xin]
New discoveries at Sanxingdui site unlock lost civilization
The northern city wall at the ancient Sanxingdui site in Sichuan province
 has been uncovered [Credit: CNS/Zhong Xin]
Experts say the discovery of the walls finally gives them a complete outline of the city, as the eastern, southern and western parts of the wall had already been uncovered. The lost Sanxingdui civilization is believed to have prospered for nearly two thousand years, from the late Neolithic to the early Western Zhou, says an archaeologist .

New discoveries at Sanxingdui site unlock lost civilization
Experts hope to find the tombs of past emperors, following the discovery
 of the ancient city walls [Credit: CNS/Zhong Xin]
New discoveries at Sanxingdui site unlock lost civilization
Pottery unearthed in the H105 pit of Qingguanshan, 
Sanxingdui site [Credit: CNS/Zhong Xin]
Sanxingdui is believed to have once been the largest city in southern China during the Shang Dynasty between 1600 BC and 1046 BC, and may have had its own emperor. The ancient Chinese city is even older than Rome, which was founded in 753 BC. But Sanxingdui remained hidden for thousands of years, and was only discovered again in 1929.

Author: Gao Yinan | Source: People's Daily [February 05, 2016]
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