Latest Sanxingdui discoveries: Dragon-shaped vessel, four-winged beast

Chinese archaeologists have unearthed a nearly 1.2-meter-long dragon-shaped bronze artifact with a pig-like nose from the No. 8 sacrificial pit of the Sanxingdui Ruins in southwest China's Sichuan Province. It has been sculpted using the bas-relief technique.

Archaeologists also found a small "four-winged divine beast" in the same pit, besides an exquisite bronze bird with a unique hollowed-out design on its wings.

Spread over an area of 12 square kilometers, Sanxingdui Ruins are believed to be the remnants of the Shu Kingdom, which endured for over 2,000 years more than 4,800 years ago. A joint team of archaeologists has excavated about 13,000 relics from the site since 2020.

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