Do Sanxingdui Ruins point to 'alien culture'?

2021-04-01 Editor : Ji Xiang ECNS App Download

(ECNS) -- After a lapse of 35 years, Sanxingdui Ruins, the mysterious archaeological site in Sichuan, was re-unveiled to the public.

Various forms of unearthed cultural relics have triggered conjecture.

Do Sanxingdui Ruins point to "alien culture"?

"Ancient cultures are rich and colorful. Many of them are still being explored, which will last long. It's unwise to classify an unfamiliar or unknown culture as alien," said Shi Jinsong, researcher at the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Sanxingdui culture evolved from the Baodun culture (2700 BC – 1700 BC) on Chengdu Plain, during which it absorbed some factors from other societies, and later developed into the Jinsha culture (1200BC –650 BC), according to Shi.

The Jinsha culture was followed by the Bashu culture in the Eastern Zhou period (770 BC – 256 BC), and then Qin and Han civilizations (221 BC –220 AD).

Sanxingdui civilization has its system of generation and development, with influences from other cultures. It has nothing to do with "alien culture."

People hope archaeology has the answers to all questions, yet both archaeology and science are faced with new uncertainties, Shi said.


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