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17 April 2010
4,200 year-old Chinese grave reveals eternal embrace

The Chengdu Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology recently discovered an ancient grave during an excavation on a large prehistoric site in China, in which a couple was found laying and hugging each other. The bones of the couple are clearly visible. Excavation work also discovered numerous exquisite stone vessels, porcelains, housing ruins as well as graves dating form China's ancient Shang Dynasty.
     The Sanxingcun site, located in the Sanxing Village of Mimou Township, Qingbaijiang District, covers an area of about 28,000 sqm, through which the Chengdu-Mianyang Highway runs. In May 2004, the Chengdu Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology excavated part of the site's western side. Archaeologists believe that the Sanxingcun site was once a large ancient settlement in the Chengdu Plain in China's ancient Shang and Zhou dynasties. There have always been settlers on this land over the past 4,000-plus years.
     Plenty of porcelains and stone vessels were excavated from the site, such as flat-bottomed pots and jars with high handles that ancient people of the Sanxingdui culture used to hold items and food. An ivory pottery was found that exactly resembles a bird's head and is engraved with curved lines similar to the lines on the bronze vessels dug from the Sanxingdui site. Polished tools - stone axes, chisels, spears and knives still looked very fine and sharp.

Source: People's Daily Online (26 March 2010)

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