New mysterious relic to be revealed at Sanxingdui Ruins site on Friday
Published: May 28, 2021 12:19 AM
Left: Cultural products inspired by relics discovered at the Sanxingdui Ruins 
Photos: IC

Cultural products inspired by relics discovered at the Sanxingdui Ruins Photos: IC

A mysterious cultural relic and the latest achievements of the Sanxingdui archaeological excavation will be revealed at a global promotion event in the Sanxingdui Museum on Friday night. The event will be a good platform for enhancing the exchanges and mutual learning between China and other civilizations, according to local officials on Thursday.

Organized by China's State Council Information Office, the global promotion event for the renowned Sanxingdui Ruins site in Southwest China's Sichuan Province will reveal the latest achievements of the Sanxingdui archaeological excavation and key projects of Sanxingdui cultural global communication, and there will also be some live performances for the public, Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday.

"One mysterious artifact will be revealed at tomorrow's event, and that will become another star relic of the Sanxingdui Ruins site, which has thrilled many archaeology lovers," Tang Fei, dean of the Sichuan Provincial Cultural Relics and Archeology Research Institute, told the Global Times on Thursday.

According to Tang, the archaeological team has almost finished its work to extract all the ivory relics at the third and fourth areas of the site, and are carrying out further research into the relics.

"As the bronze-made relics are buried under the ivory relics, the next stage for us is to excavate the bronze ware. But it is still unknown how long that will take as it depends on the integrity of the relics," said Tang, adding that they could extract four to five relics per day if the relics are complete, while one fragile and uncomplete bronze relic might take two to three days. 

"The newest research achievement for the Sanxingdui Ruins site is that we have confirmed that the silk relics were used in sacrificial offerings in the ancient dynasty," Tang said.

"The meaning of this event is not just about archeology," one insider who wished to be anonymous told the Global Times on Thursday. 

On Wednesday, an original song called Adventure in Sanxingdui by Belgian piano player and composer Jean-Francois Maljean and sung by Polish Douyin celebrity Philip was released on the internet. 

The site was first discovered in the late 1920s. It is the largest and highest-ranking centralized site ever found in the Sichuan Basin, and is believed to date back to the Xia (c.2,070 BC-c.1,600 BC) and Shang (c.1,600 BC-1,046 BC) dynasties.

In March, hundreds of cultural relics dating back more than 3,000 years that have been excavated at the Sanxingdui Ruins were revealed, stunning archaeologists and history buffs in China as well as the rest of the world. The cultural relics included a mysterious bronze mask, a more than two-meter-tall bronze statue and a mask made of gold, giving modern people a peak into the ancient cultures that existed in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River during the pre-Qin period (before 221 BC).