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Three-star Piles Museum


Three-star Piles (Sanxingdui) Museum is located in Northeast of Sanxingdui archeological site, 40 kilometers (about 24.9 miles) north of Chengdu City with an exhibition area of 4,000 square meters.
The cultural relics in the museum were mostly unearthed from the Sanxingdui site. Sanxingdui is the largest, oldest and most connotational ancient Shu (Sichuan) cultural relics. The systematic excavation and archeological work of Three-star Piles Relic begun in 1933 and continued for half a century. The excavation from Three-star Piles Relic shows the development of Shu from late Neolithic Age (7000 BC-5000 BC) through to the late Shang (16th - 11th century BC) and early Zhou Period (11th century BC - 711 BC) and even padded the blankness of bronze culture in Chinese archaeological history.
More than 1000 cultural relics unearthed in the two sacrificial pits which found in 1986 include a 142-centimeter long and 500-gram golden staff, a golden veiled head portrait, a 260-centimeter tall and 180-kilogram bronze figure, also a big bronze mask with more than 10 centimeters bulging pupils and two ears spaced at 168 centimeters, and a big Yuzhang (a kind of jade adornment of the leader of a tribe, the symbol of power). All of them are very impressive.
In order to well preserve and display the cultural relics, the Three-star Piles Museum was found in 1992 and opened in October, 1997. The museum is divided into four sections, namely, Splendor of Ancient Shu Culture, Mystery of the Primitive Faith, Exquisite Cultural Artifacts, Excavation and Study. More than 1000 pieces of culture relics are displaying respectively in their own section.



 
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