Bronze artifact at Sanxingdui

-- Chinese archaeologists announced Saturday that some new major discoveries have been made at the legendary Sanxingdui Ruins site in southwest China, helping shed light on the unified, diverse origin of the Chinese civilization.

-- Archaeologists have unearthed various important cultural items from four of the pits, including pieces of gold masks, gold foil, bronze masks, bronze trees and large numbers of ivories. Pieces of miniature ivory sculptures, carbonized rice and seeds of trees were also excavated.

-- Experts say that the new discoveries will enrich and deepen people's understanding of the Sanxingdui culture, and that the ruins will be of enormous interest internationally.

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